As your due date draws ever nearer, working is a fascinating adventure.


You have to pee every 22 minutes.

Your coworkers look at you with a pity that says, “She’s STILL here?!”

And your colleagues are squeezing every last bit of work out of you before you escape for a bit with baby.

Here are the joys (and humor) of working while super pregnant...

1. Everyone around you wonders, HAS SHE HAD THAT BABY YET?

Send them this.

2. Your boss is convinced your water is going to break in the weekly meeting.

And although it’s pretty unlikely (and borderline mortifying), you sort of like the idea of freaking him out with that mental image.

3. You’ve perfected your out-of-office email message.

“I’m out on maternity leave so DON’T BOTHER ME WITH THIS until I return. And maybe not even then. Thank you.”

4. Getting dressed for work is ?.

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Clothes actually make no sense when you’re nine months pregnant—and you have to ask your partner to put them on you. As long as your lady parts are covered, you’re good to go.

5. You know maternity leave isn’t a vacation.

But you’re so looking forward to a break with your babe.

6. You try to not let your coworkers see that you ate 3 breakfasts today.

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Eating for 2 taken to the NEXT LEVEL.

7. You fantasize about never coming back.

But you do sorta love your job deep down except for all that annoying stuff.

8. You know you’re about to add the most awesome title to your life’s resume.

M-o-m is coming right up.

We are so excited for you, 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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