Have you ever looked at a mom of three (or more) kids and wondered how in the hell she manages to have a career, an organized extracurricular calendar and clean hair in the face of what must be utter, unrelenting chaos? We totally did, so we asked a bunch of mega moms for their secrets. Turns out life with triple the toddlers yields wisdom we all can use.

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Lisa, mom of three kids, ages 6, 4 and 2
“Monogram and personalize NOTHING for your first kid unless your want your second kid to have the same name.”

“Everything is color-coded: lunch boxes, nasal sprays, water bottles. This coordinates to our Google family calendar ink color (not kidding). Sometimes I call my youngest ‘yellow.’" 

“My car is stocked at all times with pull-ups, wipes, waters, goldfish and changes of clothes for each child, PLUS a wrapped, non-gender-specific birthday gift.”

“If a child goes into any body of freshwater (pool, river, lake, sprinkler), participates in a legit water gun fight or gets water inadvertently spilled on them, no bath needed that evening.”

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Nadia, mom of three kids, ages 4, 2.5 and 11 months
“I order things we are low on from Amazon at least ten different times throughout the weekend.  I do it real time so I do not forget.”  

“For birthday parties, I order the gift as soon as I RSVP to the invite. I also have a pile of unopened gifts that my kids have received that we decided not to keep. Let’s hope I don’t re-gift one to the wrong person.”

Nicole, mom of three kids, 5-year-old twins and a 3-year-old
“I do not, under any circumstances, cook different meals for each kid. It ends up limiting our repertoire because all three rarely agree, but I refuse to make pasta for one and grilled cheese for another.”

“I have to go running outdoors for my sanity. It is literally more exhausting spending a full day with my kids than going on a six-mile run by myself and then spending half a day with my kids.”

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Clarissa, mom of three kids, ages 7, 5 and 3
“I keep my car fully stashed with snacks. Cliff bars, raisins, drinks and gummy bunnies for emergencies.”  

Hope, pregnant mom of three kids, ages 7, 5 and 3
“I pick my battles. Crocs instead of sneakers? Fine. Pretzels for breakfast? They'll live. Morning tooth-brushing refusal once in a while, as long as they do it well at night? We keep it moving.”

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