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Just four things

The busy parent's guide to easier living.

By Leslie Crawford

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"I'm so busy!"

Ever heard that before? Maybe even from your own mouth? No wonder this is the perennial parents' lament. Is there a way to do it all — be a great parent, stay involved in your child's school, make healthy meals, get your own work done — and find time to enjoy your life and family?

It's a lofty mission, but we're game. Welcome to our new monthly installment, "Just Four Things." To make your life just a little bit easier, our editorial staff has sifted through the wealth of information out there to provide you with our favorite and highly selective tips: Try this (time-saving tips), Teach this (lessons to teach your child), Live this (parenting wisdom to live by), and Get this (the best products and services to make a parent's life easier).

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is a senior editor at GreatSchools.

Comments from readers

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"Great Tips; mostly common sense but some innovative ideas as well. Parenting is our most challenging 'job'. Thanks for making it a little easier."
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"any advice for starting an older child doing more chores, the research article indicates starting later is not helpful. "
"Thank you for this article. I loved it, particularly your segment on volunteering. This is my first kindergarten-er and I was absolutely overwhelmed at the volunteer opportunities. I sincerely appreciate your advice. I will look forward to this newsletter every month. "
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