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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Reduce time at malls searching for the perfect gift by buying gift cards instead. The gift is practical and you have a huge range of prices to choose from-from $5 coffee cards as thank you gifts to $100 or more for special occasions!

Bear143
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My spouse and i grocery shop on sat or sun early am and plan the weeks meals. We often cook large batches of 2 or 3 things that can be reheated during the week by teens on the way to soccer practice. Shopping together helps us both think of meals we each will cook, thus its not just "my job."

midwifemama
259

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
259

"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
259

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

mmgrandinetti
258

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loresinger
258

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

Love4Wine
257

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
256

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

kdiane
252

hi

tima
251