There's been a lot of talk on Instagram lately as far as authenticity goes, and I wouldn't touch that topic with a 10 foot pole. Instagram, as silly as it may seem at times, is the reason I have the group of friends I do in New York, and often times is the reason I don't feel alone in this motherhood game, so for that I am grateful.

There are plenty accounts I follow for the images themselves, exposure to different parenting styles, or even insight on the brands and products they enjoy. But these four are different. I follow them because they make me laugh, and teach me not to take motherhood or instagram of all things that seriously. That's not to say their feeds aren't beautiful. They are. There are just days where a little comic relief is essential and these four bring it consistently.

So go ahead, get following (clockwise from top right):

1. thearroyos: @thearroyos

2. notatallsarcastic: @notatallsarcastic

3. bevcooks: @bevcooks

4. smithandjunie: @smithandjunie

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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