Beyoncé’s pregnancy photos made her look like a straight-up goddess. It was a miracle I managed to put on something other than leggings for mine.


Beyoncé can turn just about any soundbite into a viral hit. The only thing “viral” in my life right now is some kind of winter cold.

Beyoncé can probably wear whatever she wants and still look amazing. I can’t make it more than 30 minutes without getting some kind of toddler food splatter or baby spit-up on my clothes.

Bottom line: Sometimes it’s hard to believe I have anything in common with Queen Bey. But, lo and behold, we are both mamas walking around with a ton of children’s snacks in our bags.

Really, I love everything about this picture of Jay-Z, Blue Ivy and Beyoncé during their big night out at the Grammys—especially the juice box and fruit snacks in Beyoncé’s hand.

I’ve been there many times myself (not the Grammys, but the “I need food NOW” situation) and, let me tell you, there is no hanger like the hanger of a child. So you learn mighty quickly the importance of filling your purse, car and pockets with as many snacks as possible. Even when you’re Beyoncé.

Actually, the Carters’ whole outing at the Grammys was amazing. Besides the snack photo, I’m low-key obsessed with this video of Blue telling her parents to cool it with their round of applause.

It’s no surprise the child of Jay-Z and Beyoncé is already so much cooler than most of us—someone just be sure to have snacks on hand.

Having a newborn is challenging at the best of times, but during forced isolation and in a climate of fear and uncertainty, it can become overwhelming.

The coronavirus pandemic is setting up our communities for genuine mental health concerns. This may be especially true for new parents. When will 'normal' life return? How will I pay for diapers and baby food? Will my mom be able to help us now? What if my baby or my family get COVID-19? Unfortunately, no one knows the long-term impact or answers just yet.

Most families have built a network of social support by the time they have their first child—if they don't already have a support system, they develop one through various baby classes and groups set up for parents. The creation of the village can be instrumental to the mental health of new parents. Social distancing, the lockdown of cities, and isolation will inadvertently affect the type of support available.

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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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