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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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  • When my husband makes a smoothie in the morning, I have him double up and then pour the extra into popsicle makers. Later, when the kids want a snack, they think they're getting a popsicle treat, whereas I know it's actually healthy!

    by Jen Klein on 7th July 2011
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  • It's not a "lifesaver" in that it doesn't save me time, but I wanted to say that I still just LOVE the "my day snapshot" here on WIM. It's such a great way to stay motivated, and then go back later and see little snippets of my life as a working mom. LOVE IT.

    by el-e-e on 13th October 2011
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  • A glass of red wine does wonders for me after a horribly stressful day.

    by Katie McLaughlin on 6th June 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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  • Anyone who has tried to get a splinter out of a child's finger knows how hard it is. Tweezers are the hardest tool to use on a child that won't be still. How about trying to remove a splinter like this ....

    This works especially well with splinters that are sticking out of the skin, but it can also be used on those under the skin as well. Get a piece of translucent tape (Scotch tape, etc), place it over the splinter, and pull the tape up. Simple and easy. You can also use duct tape, but make sure to stick it to your jeans or shirt first so that it isn't so sticky.

    Another way to remove splinters without the use of tweezers is to take some Elmer's glue and place it on and around the area where the splinter is. Let it dry, and then have your child pull it off. The splinter comes out with the glue. Kids especially love this because the glue looks like they're peeling off their skin.

    by Tiffany M. on 28th June 2008
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  • As a working mom from home I don't have the luxury of transition between work and home. What happens with work can affect how I am with my family at times. When I catch myself overreacting, I give myself the gift of a few moments of silence and reflection. First, I remind myself that my children don't really know or understand what happened before they got home that has put me in a "dark" mood. Then, I ask myself these questions: "Do I really like who I am right now? Is this the person I want to be?" "Am I being in the moment or am I still living in what happened five hours ago?" I tell my children that I had a tough day and I need a little time to ground myself. I take a few minutes off and remove myself. I may take a walk in the garden which instantly changes my perspective or I just step outside and take a few deep cleansing breaths. I drink some water. It takes less than 5-10 minutes and I feel brand new again and ready to re-enter.

    by Yota on 2nd December 2008
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  • The other night I was running late and needed a quick way to feed my family before dinner. I had everything for tacos but no meat thawed out, so i swung into the store and got a $5.00 deli chicken. Boned and tossed with my taco mixn's and done! It was also cheaper to buy a pre cooked whole bird than frozed chicken breast! Had to share :)

    by JennaC2010 on 31st March 2011
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  • To juggle work and family the Main thing I have is my organizer......and a Mini van..:-) ...Still its not fool proof but working on it for sure!!!! Quick stress reducer is giving myself a time out (when possible) or sitting in the rocking chair on my front porch just to catch my breath! Me time....still far in betweeen.....Will def take advice on this one.

    by Stacey on 10th May 2011
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  • Hi moms! Just to share with you, here is a stress reducer I use almost daily since this summer : it's a single app for iOS devices but is really a smart idea! Just like your mood lamp except you can bring it anywhere. I use to relax with it, my children love it, and you can even use it as a nightlight ! This is the 'lifesaver' part, it helped me more than once with children when not at home. I wish app developers have more often such good stuff to offer ! Enjoy and have a good day, Lili

    by lili2009 on 27th September 2012
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