We all want to raise happy kids, and yet too many great moms worry that they're not doing enough!

Relax, mama. Our friends at Happify have gathered the research and shown that in order to thrive, all kids really need is love and security. If you're doing your best to be nurturing, encouraging and supportive (and we know you are!) then you're well on your way.

Read on to check out the latest scientific research into all the factors that impact childhood happiness. And rest easy mama. You're right on track.

Raising a mentally strong kid doesn't mean he won't cry when he's sad or that he won't fail sometimes. Mental strength won't make your child immune to hardship—but it also won't cause him to suppress his emotions.

In fact, it's quite the opposite. Mental strength is what helps kids bounce back from setbacks. It gives them the strength to keep going, even when they're plagued with self-doubt. A strong mental muscle is the key to helping kids reach their greatest potential in life.

But raising a mentally strong kid requires parents to avoid the common yet unhealthy parenting practices that rob kids of mental strength. In my book, 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don't Do, I identify 13 things to avoid if you want to raise a mentally strong kid equipped to tackle life's toughest challenges:

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