Quick Survival Tips
How are we supposed to have "it all" when most of the time we can't even find it? If all our readers submit their top three tips for managing the chaos of modern motherhood, we will have quite a Survival Guide right here on these pages. Sometimes it takes a village just to keep your head above water. Please share your survival secrets.

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Keep a nail file in your car. As those manicures seem to go out the window when kids arrive, keep up at red lights.

mcbolt03
435

make the choice or you'll never move on
don't forget to dream
take the best care of yourself so you can give the best care for others

realwoman
431

I label whenever possible, that way anyone that might need to know where something goes (i.e. housecleaning day) doesn't interrupt my cleaning project asking for instructions. Also, we try to do "zone defense" with our kids. Each of us have a room that we're responsible to put away clutter and spot clean each evening during a 10 min. "zone defense" yell.

harriedgreenmom
428

Stop and breathe. When things seem to pile up and the hamster in your mind won't get off the wheel. Stop, close your eyes, and take a deep breathe (or 10 deep breaths). It usually clears my mind and focuses me on the task at hand.

ChiefChick
425

I read a story once about a professor who had students put rocks into a glass until they pronounced it full. "It's full?" he said, and then had them pour in sand. Again, the students said it was full. "It's full?" the professor asked, and handed them a bottle of water. Make time for the most important things, then keep filling in around them.

Taminar
420

Stop folding clothes. It's an overrated task (at least for kids clothes). I have 3 large drawers for each kid: bottoms, tops, and undergarments (socks/underwear). My kids end up pulling everything out searching for the item they want. Then they stuff it back in anyway. You could easily get a massage (or drink a cup of coffee) during the time you would spend folding clothes.

ChiefChick
410

Always have a secret stash of dark chocolate on hand
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angstmom
408

Perfection is not what you think...it's simply aliging your will with God's.

teeniemomx5
400

Don't bother cleaning the house. It is satisfying, but doesn't last long enough to be worth the effort. Invest in a maid service, even if only once a month

ruppelo
396

Take a deep breath, tackle 1 goal at a time, when it gets tough, say a sentance and then spell out each of the words.

hgabel
394