Let’s be honest: Spring “Break” can sometimes leave your patience broken. In fact, in preparation for my week with three kids, no help and my husband not taking time off, I skipped my shot of optimism (the hangover can be grueling) and opted instead for a pre-emptive dose of reality (goes down much smoother), turning to one of my favorite sanity saviors for advice, Susie Walton of Indigo Village and author of Key to Personal Freedom: How Myths Affect Our Family Lives (and did I mention she raised four boys?). Thankfully she gives Breezy Mama her tips for when you think you might lose it (some of the headers you will see have the same start as “10 Things to Do Instead of Time Out” but keep reading because they offer different advice). Plus! Some of my own deep-in-the-trenches tips I can sometimes follow.