Amy Morin, author of the best selling, 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do, has shifted gears to help tweens in the always tough growing up years. A chapter is dedicated to each idea and begins with a story of a boy or girl approaching problems in their life in an ineffective way. They then discover a better path to become mentally strong.

It’s a well done set-up sure to help any emerging teenager. In fact I would have loved to have had this book back in my growing up years. It would have saved me a lot of heartache and confusion.

Also included in each chapter is a short quiz to help readers learn more about themselves. Next comes a deeper look at how to learn the things strong kids do. There’s proof of how it works in real life and exercises that will help change your approach: THINK BIG, Feel GOOD, ACT BRAVE.

You might be wondering just what are the 13 THINGS STRONG KIDS DO? Here they are:

  1. They Stop Feeling Sorry for Themselves
  2. They Empower Themselves
  3. They Adapt to Change
  4. They Focus on Things They Have Control Over
  5. They Know When to Say No
  6. They Take Calculated Risks
  7. They Create Their Future
  8. They Own Their Own Mistakes
  9. They Celebrate Other People’s Successes
  10. They Fail and Try Again
  11. They Balance Social Time with Alone Time
  12. They Are Thankful for What They Have
  13. They Persist

Change for any tween is possible with support. Now you will need your own copy of the book to make these things happen. A great gift for the child in your life. The techniques provided here would also be a helpful semester class for 4th-6th grade kids.

BOOK BIRTHDAY: April 6, 2021 PAGE COUNT: 336


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 followed by 13 Things Strong Kids Do.

For more visit Amy’s informative website


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2 Responses to 13 THINGS STRONG KIDS DO

  1. Wish I had this book as a child too! In fact there will be a lot of adults reading this book and gaining some wisdom — especially if they go down the checklist and see how they are doing as adults. I agree, this would be a great book to use in a school curriculum. Thanks for sharing!

  2. This looks like a really important book. All the things listed are crucial, but if kids could only learn two things, I think numbers 4 and 12 would make a huge difference in their lives. Thanks for the heads up.

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