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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Working out is a huge stress reliever for me but it's so hard to get to the gym after work so I have made it a goal to get up at the crack of dawn at least 3 times a week to get to them gym. It was hard at first but now I find it very easy to get up and convinient. When I get to work I'm full of energy and fully awake :)

sarevalo84
1419

Large totes and online shopping. I use a huge tote bag to throw everything my 2 kids (4 mo and 2 years) will need for the day at school. I can then sling it over my shoulder and get everything into and out of daycare that way while carrying the baby in the car seat and wrangling my 2 y.o. in the door. I couldn't survive without online shopping. It's been months since I've been to the mall.

shan
1401

Take mental pictures of the little things, every day - I try to really be 'in the moment' when my girls are saying silly, funny things in their little kid voices. This phase is exhausting, but it'll be gone in a flash and you can't get it back...

leighrubio
1375

A little escapism: Grey's Anatomy online (now that they've finally given us a new episode!)

Marilyn
1366

I try and remember that 99% of the time, no matter what 'bad' thing happens today, in 5 years it won't matter and will have been long forgotten.

cfmomof2
1361

My husband and I hired someone to come in every-other Friday and clean the basics of out house. It is soo great to come home and relax with the kids every-other-weekend. I think our cleaning lady may have saved our marrige! LOL

racquel
1339

Develop a system that works for your family. For instance, whever I do the laundry, I have (3) bins, so my husband and daughter can share the joy of laundry. After you delivered the bins of clean/unfold clothes, put your bin of clothing away and celebrate - to household equality with one or two glass of wine, and smile. Dont let them see you smile.

Michelle Nicole

morrbrown
1335

Homework time almost always started with excuses..."I don't have a pencil," "I need crayons," "I can't do my homework because I need [whatever]." So, I collected all the needed materials and a few extras (small dictionary, thesaurus, etc)and placed them all in a basket. The basket stays in the kitchen where all homework is done. No more excuses.

Mrs. Stevens
1333

Write everything down in a planner/calendar and don't lose it!

karenfedway
1325

I go tanning on my way to pick my son up from daycare after work. It the best 15 minutes of my day. No whining kids. No lazy husband. No housework staring at me. No sitting in traffic and being annoyed. Just warmth. (I don't care what they say about it either)

JaisMom
1310