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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Embrace chaos.


Once a month I buy an over the counter medicine product (hopefully with a coupon) to replace older or used medicine. I might buy a box of band aids one month and children's ibuprofen another month. when I put it away I check the expiration dates and toss the old stuff out.


When I was raising my two daughters by myself,I worked full-time, but during the weekends we spent all day together and had a blast. Now that they are women, but living with me, we have no fun anymore. I did have outside support, not with my sisters, but people in a support group having parenting issues around their children, too.

Virginia Robles
Good Luck and we are not alone.


Two nights a week my husband works the night shift. To make those evenings go easier after work, I pick up my 12 month old from daycare and call ahead to a restaurant that offers curbside pick up. I order a dinner and my lunch for the next day. When we get home we have a peaceful meal and one less thing for me to do


Show at night or rinse in the morning Wash your hair every two days to avoid having to blow dry and style. Buy a straightening iron to clean up the pieces that need a quick fix, comb through (with fingers) smoothing cream or soft hair wax to give it a messy but hot look. Make up, get dressed. You're done.


If you have annoying admin-related errands or other practical tasks to do, use your downtime (e.g. public transport travel, quiet patches at work)to think them through, predicting roadblocks and unexpected twists; working out how to get them done in the quickest time possible.


Never turn down help! I used to have an "I can do it all" mentality, but have realized that everyone needs help now and then. By taking a friend or family member up on his/her offer to help out for a few hours you can collect yourself mentally and will be a more effective mother or worker down the road.


Say no to the 'extras' that steal time away from family and add stress by being one more thing to do.


This is not a tip but, I just thought it was funny LALAWYER said, try NOT to multitask. Only because we beg men to TRY to multitask (and by that I mean "remember the grocery list!") It actually can prove to be unsafe for them to multitask, for example: driving and talking. I think multitasking is one of women's best and worst traits.


I try to cook large meals on Sat.and Sun. afternoons to use later in the week. Having two meals ready to heat gives me time to visit with the kids.