What’s in it for me? Fortify your own mental strength to raise kids who’ll be ready to take on all of life’s challenges.

Frederick Douglass once said, “It’s easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” So while they’re under your roof, how can you ensure that you’re teaching your kids the right skills and values? What do your children need most in order to become self-reliant, responsible, happy adults?

All parents want their children to have the best possible future. But you might be surprised to learn that positive emotional and behavioral development is just as integral to success as, say, academic achievement. Though there’s no shortage of “how-to” parenting books, Amy Morin argues that it’s just as important to know what unhealthy habits not to teach children. As a foster mother and family therapy expert, she’s discovered through experience that parents need to work on their own behaviors in order to raise mentally strong children.

These blinks draw deeply on both research and Morin’s own clients to show how common parenting practices can actually be detrimental to your child’s growth – and what you should do instead.

In these blinks, you’ll learn

  • why guilt can lead to poor parenting choices;
  • how a praise-criticism-praise sandwich can motivate your child to do his best; and
  • how to write a family mission statement that encompasses your values.