We all have that friend that says buying non-maternity during pregnancy is so smart because you’ll be able to wear it even after the baby comes. (And by full omission, sometimes we’re that friend.) The truth is that when you buy non-maternity during pregnancy, you nearly always have to buy a size up. And after pregnancy--duh--you’re not actually that size anymore. Which means you’ll never actually wear it again. Um, not so smart. The exception to this rule is when the said non-maternity item costs less than brunch and a Sunday Times. Which is where fast fashion comes in. So go ahead, indulge in these 9 cheap dresses during pregnancy. And then give them away to someone bigger. Or pregnant. [gallery ids="16004,16001,16009,16002,16003,16005,16007,16008,16006"]


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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