A Mind Of Their Own

Pages: 240
ISBN: 9781910012314
Publication Date: 19/03/2021

RRP: £12.99
Price: £12.99

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In this groundbreaking book, Katharine brings a fresh and helpful look at how we can best equip our children in this area.
Dr. Rob Waller MA MSc MBBCh FRCPsych; Consultant Psychiatrist NHS Scotland

Will I be going to school today? What date are my exams? When can we go to grandma’s? Can we go to the park? When can I see my friends?


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 which acknowledges the pandemic of 2020 but goes beyond that, offering support for the challenges which have been faced for decades prior.

What People are Saying

“This book could not be more timely. I believe it to be one of the most important parenting books of our time. If you are a parent, carer, or work with children in any capacity, I would urge you to read it.”

ROB PARSONS OBE (founder and chairman of Care for the Family)


“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 Rob Waller Consultant Psychiatrist MA MSc MBBCh FRCPsych


Authoritative and actionable, with every chapter subtly steeped in the science of mental wellbeing and distress, Katharine Hill breathes confidence into parents that they have what it takes to help their children grow into emotionally healthy adults.”

Samantha Callan, Red Kite Capital Management


“As a psychologist and a Mum I can confirm the latter is much harder! Reading this is like sitting down with a wonderfully experienced, well informed and beautifully calm and practical friend. Full of practical tips as well as empathy and stories shared by many other parents who have journeyed through things before you, it will help you hold your nerve when times are hard, and give you great ideas for positive steps to open up possibilities and break unhelpful patterns so you can feel more in control and help your children model healthy emotions and learn the skills they need to navigate the complex but exciting world they are growing up in.”

Kate Middleton

About the Author

Katharine Hill is UK Director for Care for the Family. She speaks and writes widely on family matters; she blogs regularly for the Huffington Post and is a popular speaker, writer and broadcaster. She has practiced as a family lawyer and as a member of the board of the International Commission for Couple and Family Relations, as well as being a member of a government advisory group on family issues. Katharine is married to Richard and they have four grown-up children.

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