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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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
245

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

yangkim
245

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
243

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
243

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
243

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
242

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
241

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

hokukia
241

To be patient!!!!

marthaaraceli
240

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
240