Parents have too much on our plates right now. When the COVID-19 pandemic forced schools to close parents were forced to become teachers (or at least tutors) overnight.

For Kristen Bell, coordinating distancing learning for her daughters, 5-year-old Delta and 7-year-old Lincoln, has been incredibly challenging, as she explains in the latest episode of her web series, Momsplaining.

"Doing school work with [my daughters], it is absolutely miserable. When we started this quarantine, the first math worksheet I gave my daughter, in all the answer lines she wrote, 'No. No. No. No. No.'"

Like a lot of other parents, Bell came to the realization that the key to distance learning is to drop the parts that are making you feel stressed.

"The biggest lesson I learned in the beginning was I wrote out the color-coded schedule—when our academic time would be and when our art time would be. By day five, I was making everybody miserable," she explains. "So about a week ago, I woke them up and I said, 'This is your most important mission ever. Get up.' I brought them in the kitchen and I had them rip up the schedule...I had them shred it and they felt so good."

Take it from Kristen Bell, if something is not working for your family right now you don't have to do it. We cannot replace our children's teachers but we can help them feel safe. If worksheets and schedules don't work for you, do like Bell and shred them. Your children will learn just as much going on a walk with mom or helping you make dinner.

Take the pressure off, mama.

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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