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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tima
261

I have found losing the guilt over the screen time my kids enjoy, which frees me up for a few moments to do...whatever I need to...uninterrupted, has been invaluable. Finding quality content, like http://www.MobiStories.com, for them lets them enjoy their iPods or computers & get something good out of that time. And I can finish making dinner, or finish a blogpost, or emails, or........

MobiMom
261

For pre-schoolers, bundle their pants with a matching shirt, socks and undies. Put the bundles in a low dresser drawer so that they can pick out their clothes and dress themselves in the morning.

mmgrandinetti
259

SLEEP when they sleep,...Lord knows you can't when they're awake.

hokukia
259

Get your teen to be your "tech support." I paid my 13 yr old this Christmas to enter all my addresses into a spread sheet. My 22 yr helped convert my phone to a mp3 player...they love being the expert and I had awesome help doing something i am not so swift at!

midwifemama
258

To be patient!!!!

marthaaraceli
257

pay teens $1/bag to rake and bag leaves. we have 90 bags/fall and i was hating it. Don't pay them if they don't do chores...they will want jobs at home or outside...it works!My daughter vacuums 2-3x/wk and does the bathrooms. While i loved a cleaning lady, this helped them earn money and help keep the house clean more often.

midwifemama
257

For late start days with teens: Take one to starbucks for a latte....they will tell you everything that is going on and appreciate the special drink.

midwifemama
257

Don't judge me and I won't judge you because I know and you know that half the things we say we will never do, we'll do and that we will probably be on both sides of the working/stay at home fence at some point too.

genymom
257

Take an hour or two for yourself. Use that time to take a long hot shower or bath,do some reading or listen to music. Try not to think about the kids or whatever else might be stressing you for that time.

rainfey
256