Louis Weinstock Child Psychologist

How the World is Making Our Children
Mad and What to Do About It

Your guide to raising children in a turbulent world

‘In this book, rich in edifying insight and illuminating case examples, Louis Weinstock confronts us with uncomfortable truths—the better to guide towards creating a world that is comfortable for our children and supports their healthy development.’

– Gabor Maté

‘I know of no one better qualified to know what young people are facing today. This book will help you help your kids thrive in a mad world.’

– Philippa Perry

‘Louis cares deeply about children and the world they are growing up in. In this book, he provides a brilliant, nurturing, much needed voice to children and anyone who cares about children.’

– Jessie Ware

‘A powerful and transformational guidebook, for this generation and the next, showing each of us the way to a calmer mind and a more peaceful world.’

– Andy Puddicombe

‘Louis is delivering a message of hope for the future without shying away from the very real existential challenges of today.’

– David Lammy

‘This is a book that can literally change lives; our own, those of the children we care for and future generations.’

– Dr Graham Music

How can we raise children in a world that appears to have gone so wrong?


We all want our children to grow up in a world where they feel safe, and where people are kind to each other and the planet. But when we hear about climate change, a mental health crisis, war, it’s hard not to worry about the future and how they will cope.

Drawing on over 20 years of helping children and families, psychotherapist Louis Weinstock is here to help. Combining case studies, playful meditations and simple exercises with life-changing insights from history, science, psychology and anthropology, this is a parenting book like no other.

Whether your child is struggling with mental health issues already, or you want to build their capacity to handle change and uncertainty, this book is a safe place where you can catch your breath, find your feet on solid ground, and develop the skills required to help your child through life’s biggest challenges.

You will discover ways to find peace in the middle of chaos; find hope when things feel hopeless; bring deeper levels of love and healing to the troubled parts of your child (and yourself); and have a positive impact on this world without feeling overwhelmed by it.

Most importantly, you will be reminded that there is a place inside of you that has strength, wisdom and beauty, and that, no matter what is going on in this mad world, you can guide your child towards a more beautiful tomorrow.

Louis Weinstock is a psychotherapist who works with children and the child inside us all. He helps people find a light in the darkness – in the things that are unseen, unheard and unspoken. For over 20 years, he has expertly guided children and grown-ups through some of the toughest challenges life can throw at us – loss, trauma, divorce, burnout and breakdowns. He is also co-founder of Apart of Me, a multi-award-winning charity that helps young people transform their grief into compassion. His work has been featured on the BBC, ITV, and in the Guardian newspaper. He lives in Manchester with his wife and daughter.