Some days, we're get-on-the-floor-and-pretend-to-be-dinosaurs moms. Others, we're put on a Paw Patrol episode and collapse on the couch moms. Can you relate, mama? If you're having an "I need a break or I'm going to break" kind of day, try one of these phrases to say to your child when they want to play but you just need a minute. Because sometimes (like this mom), we're just 'okay' moms—and that's okay.



PS. Did you know giving birth is harder on your body than running a marathon? Someone tell Jessica Simpson that's why her feet look like this.

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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