The vast majority of Americans support paid maternity leave.


That's according to the 2015 American Values Survey conducted annually by the Public Religion Research Institute, a non-partisan, non-profit public opinion research organization.

PRRI found that 82 percent of Americans believe that companies should be required to provide all full-time employees with paid leave for the birth or adoption of a child.

Looking for more information about paid leave? The Institute for Women's Policy Research has useful resources, and NPR lays out the political dynamics currently surrounding paid leave. Josh Levs, who stood up for fair parental leave and won, has practical tips on how to ask your employer paid leave for yourself — and for dad.

Interested in taking action? Join 1,000 Days in telling Congress that it's time for paid parental leave. The For Karl campaign also has tools for contacting your members of Congress and the 2016 presidential candidates.

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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