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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By scheduling my aerobic/workout classes on my calendar, it becomes part of the daily routine. The kids get an hour to play in Kids Club while I can get myself physically and emotionally healthy! Not only that, but I'm being a role model showing that exercise is a part of our everyday life, and makes us feel good!


Buy frames at a discount store and frame your kids' art on the wall. It's free art, your kids will be so proud, and you will brighten your walls without spending too much money.


I write out what I am making (or ordering as the case usually is) on Sunday so I at least have a set out goal for meals for the week. I use the Mommy Track'd Eat Sheet for my combination grocery list/menu planner.


Book your babysitters one month in advance. It sounds crazy, but I can never find a babysitter last minute. It also forces you to put some time aside for your significant other...which is usually desperately needed.


Never feel guilty about saying "no" when it is not your obligation and will tax you that much more.


Sell all of your old kids toys and clothes on Craig's List. It's great to clear the clutter and to fill your wallet with a little cash without visiting the ATM (again!).


Plan your meals for the week all at once, so you don't have to scramble around at the last minute to feed the family. If planning isn't your forte, subscribe to a healthy menu planning service that will give you recipes and grocery lists for the week.


If you have an afternoon/early evening babysitter, have her give your kids dinner. It's very stressful to walk in the door, have to prepare food for clinging children, so give yourself that luxury.


Boy do I wish I could fight off the nighttime exhaustion and do all the morning's prep before I crash. But I can't. Instead, along with doing as much as I can on Sundays to prep for the week, I try to get stuff organized in places where I can find them even if there's chaos in the mornings. At least I know exactly what I need and where I can grab it when I'm bleary-eyed.


Buy a small notebook with tabbed sections. Make lists for everything. I have a section for blog topic ideas, a section for ongoing "to do" lists, a section for meal planning (one page of just dinner ideas, then pages are for grocery lists and weekly meal planning lists), the last section is long term lists (what I need to bring when we go out of town in two weeks for example).