Podcast Episode 166: 13 Habits of Mentally Strong Parents

Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 166 of The New Family Podcast where we talk about how to be mentally strong parents when it comes to raising our kids.

I’m really delighted to open the year with a discussion that’s insightful in setting intentions for what we want to accomplish during the year as parents. And I’m not talking about tidy mudrooms or perfect photo albums, the stuff of New Year’s organizing goals and so many Pinterest brags. I’m talking about the approaches we take to cultivating the traits in our kids that are going to help them steer themselves well in a changing world.

My guest for this episode is Amy Morin, a therapeutic foster parent, a social worker and a psychotherapist with a specialty in family and teen therapy. She has given one of the most popular TedX talks of all time. Her first book 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do was an international bestseller and she’s now expanded on those ideas with a special focus on raising kids in her new book, 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don’t Do.

Here are some resources related to this episode.

Amy’s book: 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don’t Do: Raising Self-Assured Children and Training Their Brains for a Life of Happiness, Meaning, and Success
1. They don’t condone a victim mentality.
2. They don’t parent out of guilt.
3. They don’t make their children the centre of the universe.
4. They don’t allow fear to dictate their choices.
5. They don’t give their children power over them.
6. They don’t expect perfection.
7. They don’t let their child avoid responsibility.
8. They don’t shield their child from pain.
9. They don’t feel responsible for their child’s emotions.
10. They don’t prevent their child from making mistakes.
11. They don’t confuse discipline with punishment.
12. They don’t take shortcuts to avoid discomfort.
13. They don’t lose sight of their values.

To learn more, buy the book.

Amy Morin’s website

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Amy’s Parenting Advice

“I think it’s probably to enjoy the little things. Sometimes we so caught up with homework or worrying about sports and bedtime that you just forget to enjoy the little things like eating dinner together or playing a board game. Even in the moment, it might not be particularly fun but those are the things you will remember most later on.”

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Brandie is a long-time parenting editor, writer and spokesperson. Most recently editor-in-chief of Canadian Family magazine, Brandie has also been the parenting and relationships editor for the Toronto Star, founding editor of two Toronto Star websites, and an editor for Today's Parent. Brandie is a single mother of two in Toronto and a frequent television and radio guest on parenting topics. A former digital director at House & Home Media, she also consults on digital audience engagement. Contact her here. View all posts by