So you live in the city and you're expecting, congrats! Now that your tummy is expanding so will the list of things that you need for you and baby for those few first days, months and beyond. Whether your're a first time parent, a mama of two or shopping for the perfect baby sprinkle gift, there's an abundance of choices out there for that squishy faced baby who'll be here before you know it. Unlike living in the suburbs, as a city dwelling family requires specific baby gear; you want stuff that will save you space (and time!), is durable and eco-friendly, and will make this new transition go as smoothly as it possibly can. Last month, we hosted our first ever City Registry event at the Union Square Babies R' Us. Expecting parents from around NYC came to learn all about our top registry picks for urban life with a baby. While noshing on delish lite bites from Kitchensurfing, guests were able to meet with a few of our favorite baby brands who showed off some of necessities for city living. In between getting educated about the best baby gear, baby food, breast pumps, nursery and playtime must-haves, expectant parents had the opportunity to take beautiful short films with Jessa Flynn Productions and enter the city registry raffle in hopes of winning big prizes for their babes-to-be. Thanks to all the awesome parents-to-be that joined us at our first City Registry event and to Babies R' Us for co-hosting. Thanks to Laura Vladimirova of Natural Birth Bebe for photographing the morning. We're so grateful to our sponsors: Stokke, Britax, Ubbi, Babyganics, Skip Hop, Lansinoh, 4moms, Earth's Best, KitchenSurfing, Bump Water and Jessa Flynn Productions. Couldn't make it? Check out our Editor's Picks for City Baby Registry here. And hope to see you at the next one! Photography by Laura Vladimirova of Natural Birth Bebe.
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: