You just spent eight hours making reports, filing papers, fielding phone calls, and placating your boss at the office. At 5:00 PM, you run toward the train, bus, or shuttle terminal, hoping to make the first ride home. You then endure about an hour and a half of traffic, nodding to sleep every so often on the shoulder of the equally exhausted man sitting next to you, before finally making your way to your door.

When you get home, do you rest? Not really. There’s dinner to prepare, homework with the kids, and stories to share with the hubby. Not surprisingly, you fry the pork chops a crisp black for the second time in a row.

Such a scenario is—and will still be—typical among working mothers, who balance the countless demands of career and home 24/7. It sounds hopeless, but nonetheless brings us to this question: Since you’re not likely to quit work soon and the kids are going to be living at home for a long time, what’s a stressed out mom to do? If no quick answers come to mind, don’t worry. With the help of two experts, who are also parents, we devised five simple steps to get you cruising through the evening.

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(First published in Good Housekeeping Magazine, Family section as "Want Calmer Evenings?" in August 2005; adapted for use in Female Network)

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