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A Mind of Their Own: Building Your Child’s Emotional Wellbeing in a Post-Pandemic World.

Zara Crawford
Authored by Zara Crawford
Posted: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 - 21:28

New book 'A Mind of Their Own: Building Your Child’s Emotional Wellbeing in a Post-Pandemic World' - A toolkit for parents to nurture children’s resilience, amid what senior psychiatrist call a ‘terrifying’ mental health crisis.

 “Children and young people are bearing the brunt of the mental health crisis caused by the pandemic, and are at risk of lifelong mental illness,” a report published last week by the Royal College of Psychiatrists, has warned.

Nearly 400,000 children and young people were referred for mental health help between April and December 2020 – up by over a quarter on 2019.[1]

How can parents respond? What can they do to help their children develop resilience, and to foster emotional and mental wellbeing?

"The pandemic has dealt a very heavy blow to our children’s emotional wellbeing,” writes Katharine Hill. “What has moved my heart to breaking is hearing real-life stories of parents who feel helpless as they watch their happy, easy-going children being overwhelmed by a tsunami of pressure and anxiety.”

In response, the UK Director of Care for the Family has written a lifeline of a book, A Mind of Their Own: Building Your Child’s Emotional Wellbeing in a Post-Pandemic World. An accessible, eminently practical and highly realistic toolkit, offering no-nonsense help for hard-pressed parents in difficult times.

Dr Kate Middleton, a mum herself, gives this advice: “The single most valuable thing a parent can do for their children is to look after their own emotional wellbeing. It may feel counter-intuitive, but time looking after our own needs at this time is time well spent.”

Based on solid research, and packed with encouragement, real-life examples and practical solutions, it will help parents form good practices like listening well, setting consistent boundaries and establishing a growth mindset. It will enable them to spot danger signals, head off problems before they arise, and judge when to seek further help.

A Mind of Their Own is available now from good bookshops and online at http://www.muddypearl.com/

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