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What helps you juggle work and family? What's your favorite quick stress reducer? Have you found a way to squeeze in some 'me' time into your busy schedule? Share your tips!

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  • I remember more than a few times calling my mom and being so upset because I couldn't get my daughter to clean her room...it was like she was sitting on my last nerve.. My mother said 'Pick your battles'. I was driving and wanted to throw the phone out the window! That's it? That's the 'talk me down from the ledge' response from my mom? Then she continued, "Is this really the issue you want to get so upset about?" In the 'big picture', a messy room is a 2 on a scale of 1-10. I hear her voice all the time 'Pick your battles'...and it calms me down. I always ask myself is it worth getting so bent out of shape about? or probably not. Moms...pick your battles! Melissa :)

    by melissak on 31st May 2010
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  • SLEEP! I really try and make sure that with all that I have going on - I get enough sleep, even if it means goign down when the kids go down!

    by Jennifer on 25th August 2010
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  • I am trying to make a better effort to get my "me time" in. I usually let this go first when I am too busy to think, but then the my stress level increases dramatically! I have been turning weekend naptime into mommy funtime! Sking is my sport and getting outside for some fresh air does the trick. I got out three times Christmas weeknd and I am on top of the world this week feeling like I can tackle anything! I can be a better mom, wife, and friend when I get to do what I love.

    by Jenny B on 28th December 2010
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  • I started using the disposable plastic food containers to store small toys (action figures, dinosaurs, etc). Not only does it keep all of the little stuff together but a pack of them is only about $2.50. These then get placed in the toy box and we have an organized toy box!

    by oceans mom on 20th September 2010
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  • A good stress reducer for me is blogging. Writing about whatever is bothering me helps me process what's really going on vs. how I feel about it. It helps me keep a cool head about things that might otherwise make me explode. I just have to remember to make posts about my family "private" so I don't end up accidentally making my life more stressful!

    by Amy @ Go Ask Your Dad on 27th October 2010
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  • I see my son part-time so I prioritize, especially when he is around. He is older now, so I let him know ahead of time if he needs to make plans while I am working or at an important function. I spend quality time with him every other Sunday when I make a nice breakfast and/or dinner. He is quiet, but I make sure to engage him in conversation for at least twenty minutes to keep up with his life, and let him know how important he is to me. I de-stress with music I enjoy, seeing live bands play out, laughing with friends, dancing around the house, a hot bath once in a while, incense, candles, meditation, yoga, etc.

    by phoenixmama on 4th March 2011
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  • Bringing my own lunch to work each day has been my lifesaver -- though, early on, I was sure it would just make things more stressful for me. (Another lunch to pack in the morning! No way!) But it's easy to throw leftovers, cut-up veggies and some low-cal dressing, tea bags (way better than the coffee at my office), and a small treat in a bag while I'm packing lunches and snacks for my kids. And I don't feel an urge to hit the junk-food-filled snack machines -- or even the chips-and-candy aisle at the supermarket -- at all, any more.

    by Lylah M. Alphonse on 17th September 2010
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  • Being able to work from home has been a lifesaver for me. I'm a full-time employee and fortunately my boss is quite flexible and understanding when I need to modify my schedule to be home with the kids. My laptop and corporate VPN (Virtual Private Network) keeps me connected. It took time, a great attitude, and delivering quality work to get to this point.

    by Samantha on 17th August 2010
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  • Mother Day Gift priceless Buy a very nice picture frame and place a touching letter inside the frame and seal it with a wonderful prayer for your Mother, sometime we can write what we can't say please try this it will touch the heart of God.

    by Gwenda2003 on 5th May 2009
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