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An invaluable, straightforward guide to developing healthy mental habits
Starting conversations with your child about positive mental health
Part of a successful series of books written by the author, who is an experienced specialist in PSHE and SRE education, this provides a child friendly introduction to mental and emotional health and will prove its value within both home and school contexts. The publisher describes the series as ‘helping grown-ups have difficult conversations with little people’ and this is exactly what this book does. The lively and amusing illustrations help to engage the reader and the scenarios provide prompts for discussion and the explanations are perfectly pitched and yet in enough depth to provide many a useful reminder to adults. The opening page even explains the difference between your brain and your mind which is quite a difficult philosophical concept to master! Covering positive self-image, emotional intelligence, relationships and mindfulness with strategies for developing the right sort of mental habits and approaches at an early age can only be a positive help for children. Just giving them the right vocabulary to be able to talk about their feelings is incredibly useful. There is a fascinating section explaining the dangers of rumination – a word I had not considered in this context before- but undue dwelling upon an issue has now been identified as a cause of, for example, OCD or eating disorders. The advice and guidance section for parents and carers at the end of the book is particularly well considered and helpful. With the current situation undoubtedly causing children and families additional anxiety this could not be more useful and relevant. Highly recommended for home and school.
You can find more books on this theme in Anxiety & Wellbeing - Helping Young Ones Cope
We all know that healthy minds are really important but how do we make sure we look after our mental health from a very young age? What's Going On Inside My Head? is a book for children that explores practical ways we can keep our minds in good shape as well as our bodies. By talking about positive self-image, emotional intelligence, relationships and mindfulness, this book will help children develop healthy habits and good coping strategies from the start. Presented in a warm, child-friendly but no-nonsense way it will help establish solid foundations for every child's current and future wellbeing.
Perfect for starting conversations with children about their mental and emotional health, What's Going On Inside My Head? is a must for every parent who understands the importance of keeping a healthy mind.
Straightforward, no nonsense, good advice. This book will give you and your child the opportunity to talk about the importance of good mental wellbeing with strategies to adopt. - Independent Bookshop Week's The Best New Kids' Books, Summer 2019
All throughout, attractive child-friendly illustrations by Sarah Jennings brilliantly complement the serious message content... All in all, an excellent roadmap through the minefield of young children's thought processes. - Irish Examiner
It covers positive self-image, emotional intelligence, relationships and mindfulness, in a factual unemotional way that explains the concepts clearly and practically, aided by colourful cartoon characters who share their thoughts, giving excellent prompts to stimulate useful discussion. - Parents in Touch
This is a perfect book to use as a starting point for discussions with guidance for parents/carers, and its aim is to help children develop self-awareness and improve their emotional literacy. - Barbara Band, Armadillo Magazine
In this fantastically illustrated book, Molly Potter has provided a resource for parents of young children or teachers placed in the earlier years of school enabling an opportunity to start discussing the many emotional challenges people face in society. - UKEdChat
With my pastoral role in school, I know that this book will be useful with many children for a variety of reasons. It will take pride of place on the shelf in my office... and will be used frequently to help reassure children and also to help them understand what is happening in their brains. - K and O: Bonkers About Books
'What's Going on Inside my Head?' helps young readers discover practical ways to keep their minds and bodies in good shape [...] Fun illustrations and straightforward explanations help children learn to develop healthy habits and great day-to-day strategies for staying mentally well, forming a solid foundation for well-being now and in the future. -- Chosen as a recommended read for under seven-year-olds - Our Time, ourtime.org.uk
|Publication date:||21st February 2019|
|Publisher:||Featherstone an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC|
|Year Groups:||Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2|
|Topics:||Personal Social Health Economic , Self-Awareness / Self-Esteem|
Molly Potter taught for 11 years in middle schools as a class teacher, science and PSHE coordinator. She then worked for several years as an SRE (Sex and Relationships Education) development manager, delivering teacher training and supporting primary schools in the development of their SRE programme and policy and many other aspects of PSHE. Molly now works as a teacher in a short-stay school with children that have been or are at risk of being excluded from mainstream schools - putting much of her PSHE expertise into practice.More About Molly Potter