Posted: May 28, 2012 11:07 AM
If you've been resisting making the leap to taking your family calendar digital, we're here to hold your hand -- trust us when we say that it will change your life. From online and digital calendars that are great for families to the reasons you should use an online family calendar, we'll help you make the transition easily.

Three reasons to take your family calendar online

It's hard to narrow it down to just three reasons why moving your family calendar online is worth it, but we're going to try!

First, when it comes to keeping a calendar for your entire family, accessibility is key. How many times have you and your husband double-booked a weekend? With online calendars, you can both view and edit it, so no more missed connections on who is picking up your tween from soccer practice on Wednesday.

Second, you already have your smartphone attached to your hand... what better place for your family calendar than right there with you all of the time? Many digital calendars also have apps that make them easily useable via smartphone.

Third, you can finally stop color-coding that ratty old paper calendar you keep in your purse — everything is synced online, from the kids' sports schedules to your husband's travel schedule to your work schedule to your weekend plans. Are you convinced yet?

Making it part of your day-to-day life

Using a digital calendar does take some getting used to, especially if you're a die-hard paper calendar user. But we guarantee you that once you get the hang of it and start making it part of your daily life, you'll never go back. The key to jumping in the online calendar deep end is making it part of your day-to-day routine — spend time before bed each night making sure that everything is up to date and that new activities have been added. Before you know it, you'll be a pro.

Family-friendly online calendars to try

One of the most popular online calendars is the Google Calendar, which can easily be synced with your Gmail account and can utilize multiple calendars that can be shared at different levels with multiple users. For instance, you can have a work calendar, a PTA calendar and a vacation calendar, and view them all on one page together or individually. was developed for parents, by parents. It was designed by busy parents who needed a spot online to organize the family calendar and beyond — from grocery lists to meal plans to a family blog-like journal, Cozi has it all. The family calendar portion is easy to use and the accompanying app is award-winning!

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