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MentallyStrongParents-3D (1)In today’s increasingly complicated and scary world, do children lack the flexibility and mental strength they need to cope with life’s challenges? 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. In 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don’t Do Amy Morin identifies the tools that adults—parents, teachers, and other mentors—need to become mental strength trainers.

After her blog post on mental strength went viral in 2013, psychotherapist Amy Morin expanded those ideas in her internationally bestselling book 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do. Now, in her highly anticipated follow up, 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don’t Do (William Morrow; September 19, 2017; ISBN: 9780062565730) Amy Morin turns her focus to teaching parents how to raise mentally strong and resilient children in an everchanging world.

As a foster parent, psychotherapist, and expert in family and teen therapy, Amy draws upon her professional and personal experiences in 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don’t Do. And 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 kids. To raise self-assured children, mentally strong parents don’t:

1. Condone a Victim Mentality
2. Parent out of Guilt
3. Make Their Children the Center of the Universe
4. Allow Fear to Dictate Their Choices
5. Give Their Children Power Over Them
6. Expect Perfection
7. Let Their Child Avoid Responsibility
8. Shield Their Child from Pain
9. Feel Responsible for Their Child’s Emotions
10. Prevent Their Child from Making Mistakes
11. Confuse Discipline with Punishment
12. Take Shortcuts to Avoid Discomfort
13. Lose Sight of Their Values

By combining case studies, practical tips, specific strategies, and proven exercises, Amy Morin shows parents how to build mental muscle and develop children into strong adults. Enclosed is the galley of 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don’t Do, which I hope that you will consider for any reviews, features, or interviews you may be planning for September or back to school coverage.



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13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do

Take Back Your Power, Embrace Change, Face Your Fears, and Train Your Brain for Happiness and Success


SoftCoverIf you have you ever…

  • Complained about all the things you “have to” do in life
  • Been afraid to make major changes out of fear that it might get worse
  • Felt frustrated by your lack of self-discipline
  • Struggled with major regrets about your past

 Then you’ve been face-to-face with some of the 13 common habits that hold us back from success. In her groundbreaking book, 13 THINGS MENTALLY STRONG PEOPLE DON’T DO (William Morrow Paperbacks; ISBN: 9780062358301; On Sale: March 7, 2017), psychotherapist Amy Morin shares her pragmatic tips to finding better ways to overcome these habits and increase mental strength, happiness, and success in life.

When Morin was twenty three years old and lost her mother suddenly to a brain aneurysm, she allowed herself to grieve and eventually set herself on a path of healing. Three short years later, however, she lost her husband to a heart attack. Grief, again, overwhelmed her – but, with time, it got better. Then, seven years later, after finding love again, when her new husband’s father ran out of treatment options for an aggressive cancer, her whole world-view changed.

It was at that moment that Morin sat down and wrote her now internationally-known viral blog post, “13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do” – based on the 13 Things and habits that could have held her back from navigating personal loss. It resonated so much with readers that it was picked up by, where it was read by 10 million people in just a few weeks and has gone on to receive more than 50 million more on sites like: Business Insider, Lifehack, Psychology Today, The Huffington Post, and Success.

Expanding on her viral post, Amy Morin offers simple yet effective solutions to cope with life’s many challenges.

With anecdotes from her work as a college psychology instructor and psychotherapist, as well as personal stories of how she bolstered her own mental strength – like her annual celebration of her late husband’s birthday (which has involved everything from skydiving to swimming with sharks), Morin opens each chapter with a profile of an individual challenged by one of the 13 Things. Followed by self-identifying quizzes, readers are challenged to determine whether they, too, fall prey to this particular defeating behavior. Outlining ways to shift our thinking, and ending each chapter with bulleted points on common traps for making change, 13 THINGS MENTALLY STRONG PEOPLE DON’T DO answers what we should not do when we encounter adversity and explains how we can be happy and succeed instead.

AmyMorin-e1446157567537Increasing your mental strength can change your entire attitude. It takes practice and hard work, but with Morin’s specific tips, exercises and troubleshooting advice, it is possible to not only fortify your mental muscle but also drastically improve the quality of your life.

Amy Morin is a licensed clinical social worker, college psychology instructor, and psychotherapist. She is the only person in the psychology industry who is talking about mental strength on a global level. She lives in Enfield, Maine.




13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do:


  1. They Don’t Waste Time Feeling Sorry For Themselves
  2. They Don’t Give Away Their Power
  3. They Don’t Shy Away From Change
  4. They Don’t Waste Energy on Things They Can’t Control
  5. They Don’t Worry About Pleasing Everyone
  6. They Don’t Fear Taking Calculated Risks
  7. They Don’t Dwell on the Past
  8. They Don’t Make the Same Mistakes Over and Over
  9. They Don’t Resent Other People’s Success
  10. They Don’t Give Up After the First Failure
  11. They Don’t Fear Alone Time
  12. They Don’t Feel Like the World Owes Them Anything
  13. They Don’t Expect Immediate Results


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