Shay Mitchell: You have to be gentle on yourself as a parent

Shay Mitchell has learned to be "gentle" on herself as a parent.
The 36-year-old actress - who has daughters Atlas, three, and Rome, 15 months, with Matte Babel - has encouraged other parents to adopt a more relaxed attitude towards their back-to-school preparations.
She told E! News: "Truthfully, I think the key is just not stressing over the little things and making it fun. If you forget something, you're teaching your kids that mistakes are okay. You have to be gentle on yourself as a parent as well."
Shay has found that being well-prepared has eased her own anxieties.
She shared: "I think the best thing for us is to do as much as you can the night before.
"If we're gonna have pasta for lunch, I will make it the night before. I put everything in their lunch bags that doesn't have to be refrigerated. We have their backpacks ready and some extra clothes in the car just in case.
"If we're out on an adventure and then there happens to be an impromptu waterpark decision, then we can go and I'm not worried because I'm an extra spare set of clothes with a towel in the back of my car."
Shay's preparedness also allows her to make some spur-of-the-moment decisions.
The actress - who is best known for playing Emily Fields in the hit drama series 'Pretty Little Liars' - said: "I feel like when I'm prepared I don't have to say no to something that could be a really fun experience just because I didn't have the stuff I need. I think it's good to be as prepared as possible, but if you're not then whatever. That's good too."