This post is part of our new series, Summer Shortcuts. Sarah and I are taking turns all summer long sharing little “cheats” and ways we give ourselves a break during the summer months. Enjoy! -Meagan
It took me until I had three kids to come up with a strategy for cutting down on all that redundant writing, but I felt like a genius once I figured it out: you don’t have to fill out the same form in totality over and over. Just fill the form out once, leaving each child’s unique information blank (first name, birth date, etc,) make as many copies as you need, and then fill in the blanks for each child.
If you are worried about the form not looking legit, just use black ink, or use blue ink and copy in color – the duplicate will look very similar to the original.
I have also done this with forms that originally came on colored paper, and just explained that I needed to run off copies at home because I didn’t have enough. So far it’s never been a problem – and come to think of it, they could always copy it onto their own supply of correctly-colored paper if they had to.
The switch to paperless registration seems to be moving slow in the world of children’s sports and summer activities, and I’m guessing we’ll be dealing with these hand-written forms for years to come. So take advantage of this trick and save yourself from part of a very boring task!
And, psst – while I’m getting a lot of mileage out of this trick right now, it’s also a lifesaver at the beginning of the school year when you’ll be once again drowning in forms.
Try this summer shortcut and let us know how it goes!
Don’t miss any of the Summer Shortcuts posts! Here they are: