098: The Secret to Raising Mentally Strong Kids

with Amy Morin

It’s easier to build strong children than to repair broken men

[Frederick Douglass]

Mentally strong mums know that, by avoiding negative behaviours such as begrudging other people’s success or dwelling on bad experiences, you’ll be better equipped to overcome life’s difficulties and become the best mum possible.

Amy Morin knows this more than most. Amy is a psychotherapist and foster parent who, amongst other life tragedies, became a widow at 23. Although her early adult life looked bleak, she knew she had to take everything she knew academically about mental strength and apply it to her own personal situation. Easier said than done.

But, rather than wallow in her own ‘pity party’, Amy scrapped up the pieces and went on the write the international bestseller, 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do and deliver a TED talk, The Secret of Becoming Mentally Strong, which has been viewed more than 5 million times.

Today we delve deeply into Amy’s recently launched second book, 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don’t Do. We pull apart some of the issues in the book like why you should stop putting your child at the centre of your universe, the importance of eradicating mum-guilt, and why understanding your values is critical to your parenting. You’ll learn that by making the often tough choices, you’ll help your child build mental muscle and develop into a healthy, strong adult.

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