This is a guidebook to help children who are insecure or worry too much; suffer from phobias or nightmares; find it difficult to let go and have fun; have suffered a trauma; are worryingly good or seem like little adults"; use order and routine as a way of coping with 'messy' feelings; retreat into dullness as a way of managing being in the world; have developed obsessive-compulsive behaviour in order to ward overwhelming or unbearable feelings.
This guidebook is designed to help children who: bottle up their feelings; are trying to manage their too painful feelings by themselves; do not let themselves cry, protest or say that they are scared; are living with too many unresolved painful emotions from the past; have experienced disturbing, overwhelming or confusing life events, which they have been unable to think through or feel through properly; are suffering from unmourned grief.
This is a guidebook to help children who: worry a lot experience the world as an unsafe place, suffer from phobias, obsessions or nightmares, are scared to tell someone that they are scared, know or have known a terrible loneliness, feel insignificant in a world of adult giants, feel defeated by life and need help in being assertive, feel so impotent that their only way to feel any potency is to be mute.
This is a guidebook to help children who Have been given too little encouragement to follow their hopes and dreams. Are too despondent or defeated to go after their hopes or their dreams. Are too busy surviving, so hopes and dreams are a luxury they cannot afford. Think that hopes and dreams are just for other people. Do not follow their dreams because they are too afraid of failing. Are following somebody else's star. Only dream small dreams for themselves, from a place of shame or fear.
(Storybook for children how have lost someone they love) Eric is a sand dragon who loves the sea very much. Each day, he watches it going out and coming back. His sea is beautiful indeed to him. But one day, the sea goes out and does not come back. Eric waits and waits, but it does not come back. So he falls on the sand in terrible pain. It feels to him as if he has lost everything. After many bleak days, Eric sees a little wild flower. It is dying.
Nevermind always carries on, best foot forward, no fussing, no anger, no tears. Each time something horrible happens to him he just tucks his feelings away and carries on with his life. This way of dealing with the bad stuff that happens to him works less and less well as time goes by.
(A story for children with low self-esteem) Ruby hates herself so much that she often feels more like a piece of rubbish than a little girl. She gets bullied. Sometimes, Ruby feels so miserable that she wants to sleep and sleep and never wake up again. Then one day, Ruby meets Dot the lunchtime lady, When Ruby feels Dot's kindness and understanding, something warm happens in Ruby's tummy. Over time, Dot helps Ruby to move from self-hate to self-respect.
(A Story to Help Teenagers with Anger and Alienation)Simon Asher, known as Smasher, is good at being bad. He bullies, breaks into cars, carries a knife, gets into fights, and lots more. At best Smasher is heading for trouble and, at worst, jail. He is full of anger because of all the bad things that have happened in his life.. One day he comes face-to-face with a strange presence who takes him on some horrid journeys and some wonderful journeys. As a result, Smasher realises he is at a major crossroads and has some serious choices to make. Does he destroy everything in his life, or think again and change direction in time?
(A story for children who yearn for someone they love) Frog is very much in love with the moon because he is sure that once she smiled at him. So now he spends all his time thinking and dreaming about her. He waits and waits for her to smile at him again, so much so that the moon becomes his obsession, and he is unable to enjoy life.
(A Story for Children Who are Anxious or Obsessional) Willy is an anxious boy who experiences the world as a very unsafe, wobbly place where anything awful might happen at any time. Joe, the boy next door, is too ordered and tidy to be able to ever really enjoy life.