We all love a day at the beach, but when you have kids, there is some real planning and careful packing involved to ensure that they are happy and safe while playing in the sun. That's right -- you'll need to pack much more than sunscreen and a floppy hat; and you'll probably need to swap out your beloved beach read for swim diapers and a playard. So before you flock to the water with your little one in tow, make sure you bringing all the right items with you. Here are 12 beach day essentials that you will need for your beach getaway with baby. 1. Olivia + Ocean Swimwear, for mom ($135) and for baby ($64). 2. Summer Infant Pop N’ Play Ultimate Playard, $68.99. 3. Pottery Barn Kids Beach Chairs, $39.00. 4. Kiss My Face Sunscreen, $9.40. 5. Masala Baby reversible sunhat, $12. 6. Honest swim diapers, $13.99. 7. Bumkins Wet Bag, $9.95. 8. Skip Hop Grab-and-Go Round Trip Travel Mat, $20. 9. thinkbaby Thinkster Steel Bottle, $13.99. 10. Veer All-Terrain Cruiser, $699.00. 11. LuvBug UPF 50+ Hooded Sunscreen Towel, $28.00. 12. Birdling day tripper, $95. 13. Sunnylife, kids pool crabby, $59,95.

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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