Having learned the hard way- Don't take on more than you can handle. As a mother, somewhere we are taught that we need to be all things to all people to the point where we forget that we need to take care of ourselves. As mothers, we have to balance our children's needs, activities, appointments, and then jobs within and outside of the house. We need to be very careful about all other commitments that fall outside of the home and family. I have a recent story of my failure in this area, but it would take up too much time here, and I will spare you a novel, which I could easily write!