Overprotected ‘snowflakes’, ‘entitled’, a stressed generation addicted to social media? Only a matter of months ago concern about rates of anxiety, depression and self-harm among young people was considerable. Now with the added uncertainty, stress and anxiety that the pandemic has brought with it, concern has multiplied.
The difficulty our children face is how to navigate the complex world of the 21st century – one full of both opportunity and challenge, potential and risk. As their parents or carers, we are the people most able to help them, but if we are to do this it’s not enough for us just to be aware of potential issues and their impact on mental health; we also need to know how we can best prepare them to meet life’s inevitable challenges and setbacks head-on.
In A Mind of Their Own, Katharine Hill discusses the important ways in which parents can nurture their children’s resilience and emotional wellbeing. Honest and practical, with tried and tested strategies, it covers key areas including body confidence, dealing with failure and disappointment, school and exam stress, social media, bullying and handling strong emotions. This is a roadmap that acknowledges the pandemic of 2020 but goes beyond that, offering support for the challenges which have been faced for decades prior.
“It is the best parenting title I have read… It’s the first book of its kind that helps us parents navigate the world our kids have been plunged into since Covid turned their lives upside down. A brilliant insight into building your child’s emotional well-being in a post pandemic world.” – Suzanne Baum, Journalist
“This book isn’t about defining mental illness or how to treat clinical conditions, it is about key strategies for parents that we know work in the home, at school and in everyday life. It is also about putting this topic on the table. We can’t talk about flourishing families without talking about good mental health.” – from the Foreword by Dr Rob Waller Consultant Psychiatrist MA MSc MBBCh FRCPsych
“As a psychologist and a Mum I can confirm the latter is much harder! Reading this book is like sitting down with a wonderfully experienced, well informed and beautifully calm and practical friend.” – Kate Middleton, Psychologist, author and Director of Mind and Soul Foundation