Mom’s Survival Toolkit

~by Haley Lynn Gray~

In today’s hectic world, Moms need a survival toolkit. And every mom, whether she works out of the home, in the home, or is a stay at home mom, has a variety of tips and tricks up her sleeve to stay sane. Some of the tricks and tools I use to stay sane are more obvious than others. 

I want to thank the moms from my working moms group for contributing many of these to the list, as I consider them to be the “pros” that I go to so many times.

10 Survival Tricks and Tools for Moms


  1. Use your resources, and that includes your spouse, partner, children, and family. Remember that it truly takes a village to raise a child, so ask for help. Being a martyr never got you anything except headaches, and a stomach ache! 
  2. A Crock Pot. Being able to fix it and forget about it – this is an amazing tool!  There are hundreds of crock pot recipes on Pinterest and the internet. 
  3. A Calendar. This is key to know who’s going and who’s coming. In fact, my husband and I briefly discuss who’s going where and when so we know who is picking up kids, and getting them to activities each day of the week.
  4. A Cleaning Lady. Your time has value. Don’t forget it. Figure out which things you need to outsource, and outsource those things. For me, it was outsourcing laundry, grocery shopping and meal preparation.
  5. A Frozen Meal in the Freezer. Sometimes things don’t go as planned. Keep something in the freezer or in the pantry that you can just drop on the table at a moment’s notice when you’re tired, exhausted, and things just aren’t going as planned.1231-woman-and-child-grocery-shopping-or
  6. A Shareable, Electronic Grocery List. Whatever you do, you need to keep a grocery list so that you don’t run out of toilet paper in the middle of the night. Make sure you have some sort of list building tool.  Electronic is cool. Paper will do, as long as what ever you have, you actually use!
  7. Both Parents on Email Lists. Make sure that the teacher doesn’t just email one of you for class assignments, and that both of you get onto the lists. 
  8. If you are a Working Mom – Solid Child Care Arrangements, with a Backup Plan. Things may occasionally go wrong. You need to be able to recover, so having a solid backup plan is critical.
  9. Program School Phone Numbers into Phone. Set a special ring tone for those numbers, so you know to answer those calls.
  10. Keep a Stash of Snacks in the Car. This is critical for when you’re stuck driving, and they’re hungry and snappish. It will save you $$$ too, since you won’t be constantly stopping at drive-thru’s to feed them. 

What about you?  What are your Survival tricks and tips?


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Meet the Author: Haley Lynn Gray

Haley Lynn Gray, Business Coach and Founder of Leadership Girl

Haley Lynn Gray

Haley works with female entrepreneurs. The only problem? Many want their business to grow so that they can make money to pay the bills, send the kids to dance lessons, and be able to spend quality time with the kids.

Haley works with her clients to create a strategy plan for their business – so that they can make enough money to spend that quality time with their family, pay for their children’s lessons, pay bills, and not worry about where the next client is coming from.

Haley is a serial entrepreneur and founder of Leadership Girl. She offers Business Coaching, Business Plan Development and Strategy Sessions for entrepreneurs. Whether you want to get a new business off the ground, or expand an existing business, Haley can assist you.

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