This week, I'm happy to announce that I'm officially a member of the Well Rounded club! My husband and I have made all our phone calls and spread the happy news to family and friends, so now I get to share the scoop with all of you--we will be welcoming a baby in May 2015! After a year of trying filled with irregular cycles, a diagnosis of PCOS and a whole lot of soul searching, we are still pinching ourselves in disbelief (and I'm praying that the nausea ends soon!).
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: