The author of the international bestseller 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do turns her focus to parents, teaching them how to raise mentally strong and resilient children.
Do today’s children lack the flexibility and mental strength they need to cope with life’s challenges in an increasingly complicated and scary world? With safe spaces and trigger warnings designed to "protect" kids, many adults worry that children don’t have the resilience to reach their greatest potential. Amy Morin, the author who identified the characteristics that mentally strong people share, now gives adults—parents, teachers, and other mentors—the tools they need to become mental strength trainers. While other books tell parents what to do, Amy teaches parents what "not to do," which she says is equally important in raising mentally strong youngsters.
As a foster parent, psychotherapist, and expert in family and teen therapy, Amy has witnessed first-hand what works. When children have the skills they need to deal with challenges in their everyday lives, they can flourish socially, emotionally, behaviorally, and academically. With appropriate support, encouragement, and guidance from adults, kids grow stronger and become better. Drawing on her experiences and insight, 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don’t Do combines case studies, practical tips, specific strategies, and concrete and proven exercises to help children of all ages—from preschoolers to teenagers—build mental muscle and develop into healthy, strong adults.
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About the Author
Amy Morin is a licensed clinical social worker, instructor at Northeastern University, and psychotherapist. She is the author of the international bestseller 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do, as well as 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don’t Do. Amy is a regular contributor to Verywell, CNBC, Forbes, Inc., and Psychology Today. She gave one of the most viewed TEDx talks of all time and was named the “self-help guru of the moment” by The Guardian. She lives in Marathon, Florida. 13 Things Mentally Strong Women Don’t Do is her third book.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 They Don't Condone a Victim Mentality 9
Chapter 2 They Don't Parent out of Guilt 33
Chapter 3 They Don't Make Their Child the Center of the Universe 57
Chapter 4 They Don't Allow Fear to Dictate Their Choices 81
Chapter 5 They Don't Give Their Child Power over Them 105
Chapter 6 They Don't Expect Perfection 129
Chapter 7 They Don't Let Their Child Avoid Responsibility 155
Chapter 8 They Don't Shield Their Child from Pain 179
Chapter 9 They Don't Feel Responsible for Their Child's Emotions 205
Chapter 10 They Don't Prevent Their Child from Making Mistakes 231
Chapter 11 They Don't Confuse Discipline with Punishment 257
Chapter 12 They Don't Take Shortcuts to Avoid Discomfort 285
Chapter 13 They Don't Lost Sight of Their Values 305