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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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  • Now that airlines charge so much extra for checking your luggage (as much as $120 per suitcase, roundtrip, on some carriers!) I find it easier and cheaper to ship some of my essentials to my destination, especially if I'm traveling around the holidays. It takes a bit of extra planning, but it's definitely worth it.

    by Lylah M. Alphonse on 19th March 2010
  • Thankfully, no one is looking over my shoulder at work, so one of my me time squeezes is periodically checking facebook & now this site...for my daily dose of there is a life out there aside from work and being a mom.

    by MamaLisa on 13th July 2010
  • I'm a single mom of 1, I find the quickest and easiest way to destress for me in on the drive home from work. I put the most relaxing music that calms me down on, and pump it up so I can't hear anything else and just focus on what the important things are like my daughter and how she'll give me kisses and play with me when I get home!

    by BBoras on 4th February 2011
  • With a one-year-old, it is hard for me to carve out any significant lumps of time in the day to work, and my work requires some concentration. I had a hard time at first trying to balance getting my work done and not feeling like I was neglecting my daughter. My solution? I have started getting up one hour before my daughter in the morning. I feel much less stressed. In that one hour I get more done than I would in 3 or 4 distracted hours during the day. And now my day is free to take care of my home and daughter. Some mornings it is hard to wake up early, but I just need to be disciplined and go to bed on time. It is worth it because I am much less stressed.

    by NutriFamilyMeals on 11th October 2010
  • 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
  • Make a quick-change kit (a couple of diapers, a few wipes, and a T-shirt or onesie in a plastic bag) and stash it in your diaper bag. When you need to change your child, just grab it and go!

    by Work It, Mom! Team on 17th October 2008
  • I keep packages of instant oatmeal and a few tiny boxes of raisins in my desk at work. When I want to eat cookies, I mix up a cup of the oatmeal, sprinkle on the raisins, and have that instead. It's a close second to a cookie, but much better for you!

    by Lylah M. Alphonse on 16th June 2008
  • My daughter loves the videos on the sesame street website. We will plop down on the couch with the laptop, and I open one browser window for her on one side of the screen and one for me on the other. She can watch the videos, I can check email or just surf the internet, and we get some cuddle time together.

    by Allison on 15th September 2010
  • One of the things I do when I get home from work is give the kids a snack and go into my bedroom for about a half hour and relax. I do this to give my mind a break and refocus before I tackle house chores, cooking, etc. Once I feel rejuventated I can do more than if I came home with frayed nerves.

    by Charvella Campbell on 12th June 2010