BUILD A SUPPORT SYSTEM Friends and family are important to have around during motherhood. Take the time to listen to their advice. It’s very easy to take a wrong call when you’re on your own. BEING ASSERTIVE PAYS As tempting as it is to give in to all your child’s demands, always be prepared to say NO. TAKE A TRIP Whether it’s a short day trip or a long vacation, take a trip at least once a year. It’s a great time to bond as a family. SAY NO TO HOME ALONE Never let your children come home to an empty house even if it means cancelling appointments or having a late lunch. FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE Make sure you and your husband share equal responsibilities in bringing up the kids.