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

yangkim
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
259

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
257

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

hokukia
257

To be patient!!!!

marthaaraceli
256

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
256

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
256

take the time to enjoy the little things like the random i love yous and lil hugss

PaRtieofiVe
255

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
255

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
254