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Equipping Parents to Raise Confident, Kind, and Responsible Kids with Dr. Daniel Amen

Dr. Daniel Amen’s mission is end mental illness by creating a revolution in brain health. He is dedicated to providing the education, products, and services to accomplish this goal. Dr. Amen is a physician, adult and child psychiatrist, and founder of Amen Clinics with 11 locations across the U.S. Amen Clinics has the world’s largest database of brain scans for psychiatry totaling more than 210,000 SPECT scans on patients from 155 countries. He is the founder of BrainMD, a fast growing, science-based nutraceutical company, and Amen University, which has trained thousands of medical and mental health professionals on the methods he has developed.

In addition, Dr. Amen is one of the most visible and influential experts on brain health and mental health with millions of followers on social media. In 2020 Dr. Amen launched his digital series Scan My Brain featuring high-profile actors, musical artists, athletes, entrepreneurs, and influencers that airs on YouTube and Instagram. Over 100 episodes have aired, turning it into viral social media content with collectively millions of views. He has also produced 16 national public television shows about the brain and his online videos on brain and mental health have been viewed over 300 million times. Dr. Amen is a 12-time New York Times bestselling author, including Change Your Brain, Change Your Life, The End of Mental Illness, Healing ADD, and many more.

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What role does mental strength play in your child’s success?

There’s no doubt that kids need their parent’s love and support to become happy, healthy adults. But that same love and support can have a dark side if it results in you doing too much for them. Even though it can be hard to watch your kids struggle or face consequences for their decisions, allowing them to make mistakes just might be the most important thing you can do to help them succeed.

In this episode, Dr. Daniel Amen is going to talk about how to nurture mental strength in your children. Dr. Amen is a physician, child and adult psychiatrist, and founder of BrainMD and Amen Clinics, where he’s completed over 200,00 SPECT brain scans from all over the world. Dr. Amen is also the New York Times bestselling author of over 30 books, including his latest, Raising Mentally Strong Kids: How to Combine the Power of Neuroscience with Love and Logic to Grow Confident, Kind, Responsible, and Resilient Children and Young Adults.

Raising mentally strong kids in today’s world is a challenge. Between alarming trends in mental health and the hidden dangers of our technological world, parents face an uphill battle like never before. That’s why Dr. Amen is on a mission to equip you with the tools to raise resilient, competent, and thriving young minds. Listen in as Dr. Amen shares three things that will ensure you always make good parenting decisions so you can raise mentally strong children.

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"The first step in building mentally strong kids is to become mentally strong yourself."

Dr. Daniel Amen

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**This week’s show notes are taken from the video — enjoy!**

  • This is the role mental strength plays in your child’s future success. [5:03]
  • Raising Mentally Strong Kids came about because Dr. Amen wanted to blend neuroscience with this empowering program. [6:32]
  • These are the alarming trends in mental health with kids. [7:40]
  • This is the most important things parents can do to help their kids become mentally strong. [9:04]
  • There are a lot of factors contributing to the mental health crisis, but these are the main things Dr. Amen sees. [11:53]
  • If you always remember these principles, you’ll always make good decisions when it comes to your kids. [13:11]
  • Start and end every day with this. [14:34]
  • You can do this with your kids to help them learn good brain health—even at a young age. [15:06]
  • Sometimes kids can go through an argumentative or oppositional phase. Do this to have a productive conversation with them. [16:17]
  • This is why merging these two sciences is so important for raising mentally strong kids. [19:35]
  • We need to make this a worldwide practice for all kids and teens. [22:54]
  • This is becoming far more common in kids. Here’s how you can help them become mentally strong. [24:41]
  • The early you start allowing children to experience and learn to deal with this, the better. [26:56]
  • This is why it’s important to let kids make mistakes. [30:13]
  • Consequences are very important to a child’s development. Here’s how that can look. [32:04]
  • This is why Dr. Aman wrote this book. [35:16]
  • Take a screen shot, tag us (@jimkwik & @doc_amen), and share one key learning from this episode.
  • If you have kids in your life, don’t forget to grab Raising Mentally Strong Kids, here.
  • Go to raisingmentallstrongkids.com for amazing gifts when you pre-order the book.
  • For more information on Dr. Amen, visit his website, here.


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