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From the August issue: A mega-mom shares her parenting secrets

The odds of a couple having six girls in a row are already low. Having six girls in six years? Even more unlikely. Realizing that the last three children would arrive all at once, as surprise triplets? Stressful, to say the least. But Chrissy Roussel somehow manages to handle it all; the mothering, the cooking, the cleaning, the staying sane while a hoard of children dart like bouncy balls all around the house. She even manages to write a blog—and wrote our cover story—about the daily joys and struggles of her new life as a stay-at-home mom.

“Unlike my job as an attorney,” Roussel writes, “in my current position there’s no performance review.”

That means that every day is a different adventure, whether that means battling the chaos of Disney World or trying to slam a coffee after a 5 a.m. wake-up call courtesy of the triplets. But the pros always outweigh the cons, thanks to Roussel’s husband Seth and the maturity of their three eldest daughters, who act as young guardians for their trio of little sisters.

“Even in the womb, they had each claimed a girl,” Roussel writes.

To hear more hilarious and enlightening stories about how Roussel maintains her joy and sanity as wife and mother, check out her cover story for our August issue, available on newsstands now.