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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Always have a secret stash of dark chocolate on hand


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.


I hired an awesome lady to clean my house at least one a month at $80 a visit. She comes on a Thursday so that I don't have to spend the weekend doing it and she cleans so well it makes us all feel like we just moved in! It is so worth it to have someone do the heavy cleaning so I can do the quick maintaining until she comes again.


Learn to breathe..this too shall pass


If you have a crawler or new walker, keep soft blankets/throws (in the case of hardwood floors) in every room, because they have a tendency to topple over as soon as they come off of the carpet, so if you have something to do in a particular room and need to put them down, you can grab a soft blanket and put it next to the rug, or mat you sit them on, I have found it makes things go smoother!


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


Run errands during lunch.


Sometimes, a baby cries because it's tired, and it won't stop until you set it down and walk away. So learn to set things down that you can't fix, and focus on the things you can fix.


If your employer has an onsite gym, use it at lunch! Try not to have meetings that start at 12 or 1pm (which may be very difficult for some). I am blessed to have a small gym and an outdoor path to workout during lunchtime. I shower, pop in a Lean Cusine and feel rejuvenated to finish the afternoon strong. I can spend time with my family and sleep like a baby at night.


If you wear glasses, take them off so you can't see the dirt. It works for me.

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