Fisher-Price knows a thing or two about what our little ones need to thrive and hit all their milestones. That's why we are partnering with them to gift one lucky winner with a bundle of essentials for your baby to grow with (worth $419.95). First: the Deluxe Rock N Play Sleeper ($149.99), designed in partnership with Jonathan Adler, is the perfect place for your little one to snooze the day away. With its modern design and plush fabrics, it’s practically a fashion statement for your home. The Rock N Play includes soothing sounds and hands-free rocking for nap time; and SmartConnect technology allows you to monitor and control your baby's experience. The On-the-Go Breakfast Set ($9.99) includes a coffee cup teether, a crinkle newspaper and a textured doughnut rattle. All three toys work together to encourage fine motor development and to stimulate your baby's senses. It's perfect for at-home or on-the-go playtime. The Fisher-Price 4-in-1 Ocean Activity Center ($69.99) is an activity gym that grows with your baby. Complete with sensory toys and fun songs and sounds, this activity center goes from a a crawl-through tunnel perfect for tummy time, to a toddler play table to a take-along activity panel. At over 3-feet tall, the Fisher-Price Little People Take Turns Skyway ($39.99) is loaded with awesome racing fun for toddlers to discover and share. It has three different tracks, an awesome launcher, pretend play stops along the way, and cool racing sounds and phrases about sharing, being patient and playing together. Little hands get a big workout as they grasp the vehicles and send them zooming down the tracks. Just like your gym's spin bike, the Fisher-Price Think & Learn Smart Cycle ($149.99) engages your toddler in active, educational play. It pairs with a Bluetooth-enabled tablet to let kids enjoy immersive racing and other games via the Smart Cycle Mission to Tech City app. The faster they pedal, the more on-screen action there is.
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: