While gender neutral showers are an obvious option for parents playing the waiting game (like Michelle!), gender neutral showers may also appeal to parents-to-be who just aren’t thrilled with the pink or blue options out there. At Little Miss Party Planner, we can’t blame them. While some find the inability to use the quintessential blue and pink accents a challenge, we actually embrace the use of a clean palette. We love to use neutrals, such as white or ivory, then add pops of color such as aqua or lemon to create a more modern and chic feel, while still including touches that make a baby shower so special. Gender neutral showers allow parents to play up other colors and create an amazing backdrop for a fantastic party. Here are tips for creating a gender neutral shower.

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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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