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


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.


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........


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.


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!


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!


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


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.


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.