Mothers are busy. Have you ever tried to type an email with your right hand and cook dinner with your left hand —all while using your foot to prevent a skirmish from breaking out between your little ones? Of course you have.

But research shows that in order to be happier and more resilient during the demanding seasons of parenthood, parents should actually try incorporating more alone time into their day. (Easier said than done, we know!)

Our friends at Happify have the science behind why we all need a little more ‘me.’

“Dads get an average of 28 hours of leisure time every week, while moms get 25,” Happify notes. “Plus, compared to dads, moms spend an extra 10 hours per week multitasking —usually juggling housework and childcare.”

Even kids need ‘me time’: “Unstructured activities, like riding bikes, boost little brains,” research has found.

Okay, so you want more alone time for you and your family members. Where to start?

First, put down the iPhone. Unplug to recharge. Stepping away from devices just might just make you more productive, and happy. Check out more fabulous research and helpful tips from Happify below.

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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