Even with eight nieces and nephews (yes, eight), you would think by my baby registry tactic that I had never come in contact with a child. I looked at the list that the woman at my registry hub of choice (Giggle) handed me merely as a suggestion and thought, “we could do without that” one too many times. And my fiancé, never having held a baby before Oliver, lovingly confirmed each of my ridiculous sentiments.

While you may not be as resistant to “the list” as we were, there are probably a few items that have you thinking: “is this a necessity or a luxury?” Chances are, if they are on that list, then it’s probably been a saving grace for some other parent, and it just might be for you too.

Here are a few items I pouted about but in the end have turned out to be my top registry items.

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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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