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  • Join a Babysitting Coop! This gives a whole network of moms a resource of babysitting at no charge which enables us to have a night out with husband, friends, or simply alone to relax and recoop.

    by dhanyata on 21st July 2008
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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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  • Realize it's okay to say no! Sounds simple, but it's easy to overcommit.

    by piepie on 17th July 2008
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  • If you're having problems with a child who wets the bed, making "bed lasagna" can help. Make up the bed with layers of waterproof crib sheets and regular fitted sheets, about three of each, with the regular blankets on top. That way, if there was an accident at night, all you have to do was pull off the wet sheet and pad and there is a dry set already on the bed, ready for sleeping.

    by Lylah M. Alphonse on 17th July 2008
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  • When at the park or at the mall where my kids could possible get seperated from me... I used to safety pin my business card to the back of their shirts. Just in case we were seperated, I could be contacted instantly. Also, my kids were taught to always ask a lady that looks like a "Mommy" for help... I thought it would increase the odds that my kids would be returned safely. Thank goodness we never had to test my theory.

    by LDR554 on 10th July 2008
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  • In addition to my weekly meal schedule (on a wipe off board that hangs on my fridge), I also have a leftovers board on the fridge. Whenever we have something left over, we put it in the fridge, then we write what it is and the date we had it on the wipe board. When we need something for lunch, we can look at the board and see what's in there that is still good (less than 4 days old at our house). It cuts down on the disagreeing about when we had something and it's easier to read a list than attempt to look at containers and figure out the contents. And it's a reminder that there are leftovers in there which get them eaten which means we're wasting less food!

    by Jenni on 10th July 2008
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  • A night out with my girlfriends once a month is my real lifesaver. This give me the opportunity to tell a bunch of moms that truly understand about all the craziness that's been going on with work and the kids. By the time I'm ready to go home, I've gotten it all out of my system, shared a bunch of laughs, compared their stories to mine and realized I didn't have it so bad, and picked up a few pointers. I leave refreshed and ready to conquer whatever else comes my way.

    by Joy on 9th July 2008
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  • Pocket calendar. I'm divorced, work full time and am my son's personal assistant! Knowing were he has to be at all times is great when it's not all in my head :)

    by DG on 9th July 2008
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  • Always keep a business card in an easy-to-find place in your purse or laptop bag; slip another one into your coat or jacket pocket. If you accidentally leave these things behind while you're out and about -- or if someone takes yours by mistake -- it'll be easier for someone to return them to you!

    by Lylah M. Alphonse on 7th July 2008
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