It is so very true that you don't really know the value of a weekend until you have a kid and this weekend we have lots of adventures planned so I'm eager for it to arrive.

I’ll admit I’m not usually a huge fan of this trend but I do love a little literary disruption in my day so I find this execution pretty much perfect. I wish New York would do something similar.

What a great way to put a smile on a strangers face.

Movies in the park can be tricky when you have a toddler it either means date night (yay!) or bedtime in the stroller (not my fave). Either way I think I need to check out Red Hook Flicks – the schedule looks awesome and Valentino Pier is a gem of a park.

We’re throwing Finn’s first birthday on Sunday and since he’s proven to not be a fan of cake I’m contemplating this or these as alternative sweet options.

Most of last weekend was spent in a pool, sprinkler or any other available body of water. And I don't know what I would have done without these. Total lifesaver. "

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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