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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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
355

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

hokukia
354

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
351

Like others I do laundry every day (but Sunday). While folding kids clothes (5 teens at my house), I've replaced my annoyance at having to turn things inside out to saying a prayer for that child for that day...changes my attitude immediately and sends good energy their way!

midwifemama
351

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

kdiane
350

hi

tima
350

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
350

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

PaRtieofiVe
346

With teens: I try to take ne kid at a time to a store with me for errands...good one -on -one talking...sometimes its a chance to get them underwear or whatever personal thing they need and don't remember to ask for.

midwifemama
346

Don't think too far ahead - sometimes just getting through the day is enough. Don't worry about how you are going to help your middle schooler do homework when you are not even out of diapers! It can be overwhelming to think too far ahead. You will figure it out!!!

MaryA
346