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  • Don't go to bed until everything is picked up off the floor and put away. If you make this a habit there won't be so much to do. Also, it makes it much easier to be able to run the vacuum or sweep during the day. If your kids are old enough get them involved. Give each kid a room that they are in charge of and have them pick up everything in that room (even if it's not theirs).

    by mamajama on 24th June 2008
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  • Don't laugh - maybe you have figured this out already - when heating jarred spaghetti sauce - did you know you could heat it right in the JAR?! No need to mess up another container before putting it in the microwave. 1.5 minutes for a large jar of sauce and pour it right on the pasta. Fast and less mess to clean up! It's all about the little things for me =)

    by VolunteerMom on 15th December 2008
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  • Drink a tall glass of water first thing in the morning. It helps me stay hydrated before the day gets completely hectic and just the act of taking a few seconds to do it is calming.

    by Nataly on 28th November 2008
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  • Each day when I get home from work, I immediately take care of all the details that need to be dispensed with for the next day. I check my son's homework, make his lunch for the next day and put it in the refrigerator, make sure my daughter's bag is packed for daycare, and make sure my bag is packed for work the next day. Once that's out of the way, I can relax, cook dinner with my son, and enjoy the time with my family without worrying about what needs to be done for the next day.

    by DSMom on 11th May 2009
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  • each night before bed, no matter where my teens are I give them a last check in to make sure they know its almost that time (curfew) also to say I love them! And in the mornings I call to tell them good morning and keep up the good work of being in on time.

    by maliboo on 18th July 2008
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  • Enable young ones to do for themselves by putting lunch, snack and other frequently used items on shelves and in drawers that they can reach. I created a lunch and snack drawer in my kitchen so my third-grader could make her own breakfast and lunch, get her own after-school snacks. This eased our morning routine and eliminated complaints and arguments about lunches (my son used to make the lunches for he and his sister, but my daughter had issues with his peanut butter and jelly technique.).

    by knamahoe on 16th November 2008
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  • Every day something stressful happens. That's the way it is when you have five kids. Every day is a challenge just to cope. And every day I stop and think, in my most hurried times, my most stressful times, of just how lucky I am. Today my children are alive and healthy. Today I am alive and healthy. Yesterday at the end of my driveway while holding a yard sale to which not many buyers came, a friend stopped to say hello. She mentioned her son had just graduated last week. I remembered what she told me 7 years ago when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. "I just want to see my son graduate from high school." "Hey, you got your wish," I said. We hugged. Every day something stressful happens and I think I just can cope, and then I remember the day late in August when my good friend called to tell me her father had died. My throat tightened and I couldn't speak. And she knew from my silence that something else was wrong. She probed, through her own tears, until I finally said I just learned from my doctor today that I have breast cancer. Through all the worries, all the stress, all the little and big troubles, I am grateful, every day, for each day I have to enjoy my life and my family.

    by Joyce Strong on 14th June 2009
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  • Every year I always leave making the goody bags for my son and daughter's party until the last minute. This year I found a true time saver! I purchased my favors from www.JLPartyFavors.com!

    by busymomof2 on 28th December 2008
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