Mental Strength for Teens
There is a lot of talk these days about the importance of qualities like grit, perseverance, mental toughness, and the like. But I’ve noticed that it’s hard to find practical advice on how to actually instill these qualities in a teenager.
To get some answers, this week we tracked down one of the world’s leading experts on mental strength. Amy Morin is the author of the international bestseller 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do. Her TED talk, with over 7 Million views, is one of the 30 most popular talks of all time.
She knows what she’s talking about.
Amy’s new book, 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don’t Do, addresses one of the top questions people asked about her first book: how do you instill mental strength in kids?
We caught up with Amy for an hour in between talks at Google and Apple and she got candid about her experiences raising foster children, told some stories that didn’t make it into the book, and revealed some truly powerful strategies for helping teens build more mental strength.
That’s the subject of this week’s episode. The 21-minute public version is free to listen to, and the 39-minute extended version, packed with extra goodies, is reserved for site members. Log in or sign up to access everything our site has to offer!
4 Word-for-Word Scripts
from this Episode:
1. When your teen wants to break the rules, affirm their autonomy but hold firm
“Sure, you can use your phone whenever you want. As soon as your room is clean, like we agreed. You’re 14 now so I can’t physically force you to do anything but those are the rules. As an adult I don’t have to go to work. But if I don’t, there will be consequences. So I’m going to treat you like an adult and leave the final decision up to you.”
3 Scripts HIDDEN…
As a psychotherapist turned author, Amy’s mission is to make the world a stronger place. Her education and expertise as a psychotherapist, combined with her personal experiences overcoming tragedy, give her a unique perspective on mental strength.
In 2013, Amy introduced the world to the concept of mental strength when her article, 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do, became an anthem read by more than 50 million people.
She’s been dubbed the “self-help guru of the moment,” by The Guardian and Forbes refers to her as a “thought leadership star.” Her advice has been featured by numerous media outlets including Time, Fast Company, Success, Business Insider, Oprah.com, Fox News, CNN, CNBC, and Today. She also appears in a Red Bull TV show called Visions of Greatness.
She lectures across the globe to provide trainings, workshops, and keynote speeches that teach people how to build their mental muscle. Students from 42 countries access her online mental strength course.
Amy’s also a lecturer at Northeastern University. She is a columnist for Forbes, Inc., and Psychology Today. She also serves as a parenting expert for Verywell.
Fast facts about Amy:
- Her international best-selling book, 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do, is being translated into 30 languages.
- With over 7 millions views, her TEDx talk, The Secret of Becoming Mentally Strong, is one of the top 30 most popular talks of all time.
- Amy’s articles on mental strength reach 2 million readers every month.
- Her newest 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, teaches adults how to become mental strength coaches for children.