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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"In the beginning" 5 years ago when my then 8 & 9 yr old granddaughters came to live with me, it was chaos! The first 3 things I did ... 1) All book bags go in one place so we can find them, 2) an "In" box for Grandma for all school papers for signing, notices, etc., and 3)take 5 minutes before bedtime to straighten up the house. The girls straighten their bath and bedroom too.

msheryle
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Remember, it's OK to ask kids to help around house. Keep chanting...I'm allowing them to learn, I'm allowing them to learn.....and when they pout because you asked for help, you'll remember......you're allowing them to learn. I'm still chanting! ;-)

MyJussle
225

Delegate. You'll be shocked at what a 5 year old can do when they know that they "job" is important.

mmgrandinetti
225

When I tell myself everything will be ok (when I know I'm overwhelmed)I manage to get more done and be less stressed. I'm trying not to be so rigid/serious and let minor things go, such as messy living rooms(mostly toys). I know we'll get things organized by night fall. Extra sleep on some days. If you can get your husband or loved one to agree-thankfully my hubby does. I am so grateful.

sea-mom
225

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loresinger
225

I bought a shoe organizer unit, which is about 3 ft by 3ft, & has 25 "cubby" spots for shoes. When I do the laundry, I put together matching clothing "sets", (plus underwear & socks) & put them in each cubby-hole. The girls each have room for 12 outfits. This allows them to make their own wardrobe choices, & I know it matches. Be sure to pick out clothes before going to bed!

Disney_Momma
222

Smile, take a deep breath, and sit down for a minute.

Love4Wine
222

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tima
220

Have the sitter come 15 minutes before you think you need them.

yangkim
218

Always put foil on a baking sheet...you never have to scrub a pan.

kdiane
217