Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Multitasking Mom's Survival Guide: 101 Inspiring and Amusing Stories for Mothers Who Do It All

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Multitasking Mom's Survival Guide: 101 Inspiring and Amusing Stories for Mothers Who Do It All

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Multitasking Mom's Survival Guide: 101 Inspiring and Amusing Stories for Mothers Who Do It All

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Multitasking Mom's Survival Guide: 101 Inspiring and Amusing Stories for Mothers Who Do It All


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Laugh and learn with these 101 inspiring and amusing stories for moms who do it all! Make some “me time” to relax and read this collection of inspirational and entertaining stories— with great tips from other busy moms too.

You can’t believe how busy you are, but you know you need to carve out some time for yourself. Read how other moms like you are surviving their multitasking years. They share their best tips, plus some of their funniest disaster stories. You’ll be entertained while you pick up some great ideas for your own life. You’ll learn about:
  • Making “Me Time” – how to make sure you take care of yourself
  • Feeding the Family – not everyone is a domestic goddess!
  • Sharing Good Advice – moms pass on tips they wish they had known when they needed them!
  • Feeling Guilty – story after story about why you should NOT feel guilty
  • Learning from Our Kids – all we have to do is stop and listen
  • Laughing After the Fact – disaster stories always get better with time
  • Handling Housework Hassles – great tips and funny stories give you perspective
  • Slowing Down – don’t be such a busy mom that you don’t have time to be a mom!
  • Juggling a Career – yes, you can create balance

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611599336
Publisher: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Publication date: 03/18/2014
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 816,045
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Jack Canfield is co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul® series, which includes forty New York Times bestsellers, and coauthor of The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be. He is a leader in the field of personal transformation and peak performance and is currently CEO of the Canfield Training Group and Founder and Chairman of the Board of The Foundation for Self-Esteem. An internationally renowned corporate trainer and keynote speaker, he lives in Santa Barbara, California.

Mark Victor Hansen is a co-founder of Chicken Soup for the Soul.

Amy Newmark is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Chicken Soup for the Soul.


Santa Barbara, California

Date of Birth:

August 19, 1944

Place of Birth:

Fort Worth, Texas


B.A. in History, Harvard University, 1966; M.A.T. Program, University of Chicago, 1968; M.Ed., U. of Massachusetts, 1973

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

1 Making "Me Time"

1 R Is for Randi Randi S. Mazzella 1

2 Time for Music Samantha Ducloux Waltz 4

3 Ode to a Quiet Bathroom Mimi Greenwood Knight 8

4 When Mom Gets Sick Patricia Lorenz 10

5 How I Became a Ballerina at Thirty Mitali Ruths 13

6 Time for a Shower Sarah Shipley 16

7 The Art of Porching Lucy Lemay Cellucci 19

8 Time-Out for Mommy Kimberly D. Henderson 22

9 The Knock Lori Lara 25

10 A Little Piece of Quiet C. Muse 27

11 Substitute Mom Marcia Rudoff 30

2 Feeding the Family

12 Confessions of a Lunch Maker Kim Reynolds 35

13 Blue Waffles Heather Davis 37

14 The Wrong Bag Kimber Krochmal 40

15 Into the Fray Sharon Love Cook 44

16 Everything But Cooking Amy Newmark 47

17 I Blame My Mother Lynn Dove 50

18 Lunch Date Eleanor Thomas 52

19 Snack Attack Brandy Lynn Maslowski 54

20 The Show Must Go On Annemarie Thimons 56

21 Cooking for Special Needs Ferida Wolff 59

22 The Circus Show of Motherhood Angela Williams Glenn 61

23 She Needs Groceries Laura Garwood Meehan 64

3 Sharing Good Advice

24 The Fantasy of Motherhood Lori Lara 71

25 Learning to Communicate Arlene Ledbetter 75

26 Silly Mommy to the Rescue Anastacia Grenda 79

27 The End of Sibling Squabbling Florence C. Blake 82

28 Privilege Coupons Amy Newmark 84

29 Busy Erika Hoffman 86

30 A Priceless Privilege Janeen Lewis 88

31 The Secret Life of a Busy Mom Gina Lee Guilford 91

32 While Time Flew By Linda C. Dejew 93

33 Man of the House Debbie Koharik 95

34 The Moveable Vacation Diana Perry 99

35 Too Bad You Lost Your Jacket Amy Newmark 101

36 Multitasking a Marriage Too D'ette Corona 103

4 Laughing After the Fact

37 The Meltdown Beth Andrews 109

38 Frenzied Erika Hoffman 112

39 The Holiday Card Jacqueline Davidson Kopito 115

40 Six Hours Until Takeoff Julie Sanders 118

41 Can't See the Forest for the Keys BJ Marshall 121

42 Where's Roger? Pamela Hermanson Camel 124

43 A Bit Too Much Multitasking Kathryn Lay 126

44 The Great Toilet Paper Chase Jeneil Palmer Russell 129

45 A Reality Check Dalene Bickel 131

46 Right Under My Nose Amy L. Stout 134

47 The Longest Day Ever Patricia Lorenz 137

5 Handling Housework Hassles

48 A Busy Mom's Guide to Home Selling Ann Kronwald 143

49 The Monster in the Closet Karen B. Nelson 146

50 Sometimes You Need to Do the Laundry Becky Kopitzke 148

51 Toilet Talk Jill Pertler 151

52 It Doesn't Have to Be Perfect Amy Newmark 153

53 No More Overtime Anita Love 155

54 When Darth Vader Attacks Diana Perry 158

55 The Art of Delegation Debbie Acklin 161

56 The Good Mom Sheri Zeck 164

57 Where Are My Crutches? Beverly Burmeier 166

6 Learning from the Kids

58 My Little Runaway C. E. Plante 173

59 The Green Crayon Peg Arnold 177

60 Building Sand Castles that Last Diane Stark 179

61 Fairy Wings Becky Tidberg 183

62 A Nugget of Wisdom Shawn Marie Mann 186

63 The Group I Didn't Sign Up For Melanie Fowler 189

64 Dandelions Marilee Herman 192

65 A Mom's Talents Run Deep Jill Pertler 194

66 A Change in Plans Amy McMunn 197

67 Pink Toilet Paper Jaime Schreiner 200

7 Juggling a Career

68 Witch Wednesday Mary C. M. Phillips 205

69 Along for the Ride Joelle Jarvis 208

70 The Mommy Bed Mary Hickey 211

71 Keeping the Plates Spinning Miriam Hill 215

72 Why I'll Never Be Volunteer of the Month Amelia Rhodes 217

73 Secret Weapon of a Sleepy Working Mom Kathy Lynn Harris 220

74 Beat the Clock Denise Seagren-Peterson 223

75 Blurred Lines Ritu Shannon 225

76 Creative Thinking Beth M. Wood 227

77 Due Dates Kate Meadows 230

78 A Difficult Choice Keri Houchin 234

79 Hard Shoes to Fill Lynne Leite 236

8 Feeling Guilty

80 Multitasking 101 for Germophobic Moms Rita Hancock 243

81 The Best of Intentions Sharon Landeen 247

82 Getting Over the Guilt Chantal Panozzo 249

83 Framed Kathleen Leopold 253

84 A New Resolution Gloria Jean Hansen 256

85 First, Feed the Heart Julie Luek 258

86 Mother for Life Susan R. Ray 261

87 The Best Kind of Mother Martha Hynson 265

88 The Super Dad Blues Nicole Sweeney Etter 268

89 Multitasking Mom of Multiples Jane Miller 271

90 Not So Guilty After All Sara Rickover 274

91 Coasting Amy Newmark 278

9 Slowing Down

92 Crazy Lady on a Bicycle Wendy Walker 285

93 Special Hour Mary a Morin 289

94 Sick Break Becky Kopitzke 293

95 An Invitation Not an Interruption, April Knight 296

96 Save the Worms Janeen Lewis 299

97 Uncorked Jennifer Quasha 302

98 All in Good Time Sioux Roslawski 305

99 The Worst Piano Lesson Ever Gwyn Schneck 308

100 Say It Again, Sam Shawnelle Eliasen 311

101 Seeking Serenity Lisa Pawlak 314

Meet Our Contributors 319

Meet Our Authors 336

Thank You 338

About Chicken Soup for the Soul 340

Bonus excerpt from Chicken Soup for the Soul: Just Us Girls 347

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