Spring has sprung! And your bump has grown so much by now that you might feel the changes in your body a bit troubling. Some women may feel very uncomfortable with their self-image during pregnancy, once the silhouettes are getting a new shape and many clothes might not fit as well as they used to. A good tip to handle any discomfort in your silhoutte is by wearing layers. Think of it as a “third piece” when you are getting dressed, which could be any outwear – vests, cardigans, jackets, coats, blazers, kimonos, ponchos, capes – or even buttom-down shirts and scarves. Yes, you don’t have to wear them only to get warm during the crazy-freezing winter! If worn opened, these pieces can be really effective. Besides helping upgrade your spring look, you are actually creating two vertical lines in your silhoutte, hiding the edges of it and showing only the growing bump. You might feel smaller, thinner and pretty much confident to start your day. The best part: you can invest in some pregnancy layering pieces without any shopping guilt: they can also be worn post-pregnancy, too, which makes it a much more conscious purchase. Here’s 7 pregnancy layering pieces to get you through the summer. Anthropologie Anthophilous Kimono, $118 ASOS Bluebelle Maternity Relaxed Blazer, $36 Leith Notch Collar Trench Jacket, $52.80 Mango Side Pockets Cardigan, $79.99 Mango Knitted Cotton Gilet, $69.99 Stella McCartney Wool Pique Vest, $1,600 Topshop Maternity Duster Coat, $150


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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