We like to think that our site has everything you could possibly need to prep for pregnancy. But the truth is, sometimes a girl’s just gotta hear some things firsthand. Especially when she’s pregnant. So last month, we joined forces with our friends at Citibabes to bring NYC’s best Pregnancy Prep experts to talk us through pregnancy, trimester by trimester. Citibabes' Soho studio was literally bumping with lovely ladies and gents who came for an informational and inspirational evening, despite the threat of snow (in late March, no less!). Our experts did not disappoint with their Tips by Trimester: Silver Spoon founder Michelle Marinis covered nutritional know-how while growing baby; Cricket’s Circle founder and CEO Rachel Blumenthal gave us the where, when and for-what’s of registering; and Fifth Avenue Fertility Acupuncture founder Angela Le schooled us on the how-to’s -- and how-to-ask-for’s -- of labor. There was way more to this event than education though. Guests indulged in mini-massages from Edamame Maternity Spa, glammed it up for the Blinkbuggy Bump Envy photo booth, and quenched their thirst with “Pear-fect” mocktails from Silver Spoon. To fill those growing bellies, we had healthy nibbles from Junior’s Fresh, decadent desserts from Big City Little Sweets, and healthy drinks from Bump Water and Balance. The super-creative Rebecca Conroy styled the room to perfection, Blade NYC’s floral designs had everyone ooh-ing and ahh-ing, and Bridget Eldridge Photography captured all the amazing action. Of course, there’s no better time to learn about new cool baby products than before baby arrives, so we were thrilled to have some of the best brands in the marketplace as sponsors, including Destination Maternity, Weleda, Fourth Love, Monica + Andy, Squooshi, Rockin’ Baby, Me Beau Bebe and Spuni. Everyone took home a swag-filled goodie bag and one lucky mama-to-be won a monster giveaway package filled with mega-prizes from Nuk, Momma’s Jewels, Cranial Cradle, Fareskind and Citibabes. We’re so thankful to everyone who played a part in this evening, and especially to our readers in attendance, who reminded us -- in person -- of why we launched Well Rounded NY in the first place. What, you missed it? Don’t worry, we had such a blast, you can bet we’ll have lots more events in the near future...hopefully before you have your, ya know, big event. See you soon. Photography by Bridget Eldridge Photography.
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: