1st Edition

Helping Children with Low Self-Esteem & Ruby and the Rubbish Bin Set

    This practical guidebook, with a beautifully-illustrated storybook, enables teachers, parents and professionals to help children aged 4-12 connect with unresolved feelings affecting their behaviour.

    Helping Children with Low Self-Esteem is a guidebook to help children who:

    • don't like themselves or feel there is something fundamentally wrong with them
    • have been deeply shamed
    • have received too much criticism or haven't been encouraged enough
    • let people treat them badly because they feel they don't deserve better
    • do not accept praise or appreciation because they feel they don't deserve it
    • feel defeated by life, fundamentally unimportant, unwanted or unlovable
    • bully because they think they are worthless or think they are worthless because they are bullied
    • and, feel they don't belong or do not seek friends because they think no-one would want to be their friend.

    Ruby and the Rubbish Bin is 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. Sometimes Ruby feels so miserable that she wants to sleep and sleep and never wake up again. Then Ruby meets Dot and, over time, Dot helps Ruby to move from self-hate to self-respect. After a very important dream, and help from Dot, Ruby finds her voice and her anger, and stands up to the bullies. She makes new friends and knows what it's like to feel happy for the first time in her life.

    Helping Children with Low Self-Esteem

    Ruby and the Rubbish Bin


    Dr Margot Sunderland is Director of Education and Training at The Centre for Child Mental Health London, Senior Associate of the Royal College of Medicine and Child Psychotherapist with over thirty years’ experience of working with children and families. Dr Sunderland is the author of over twenty books in child mental health, which collectively have been translated into eighteen languages and published in twenty-four countries. Her books, which form the Helping Children with Feelings series are used as key therapeutic tools by child professionals all over the UK and abroad.

    Nicky Armstrong holds an MA from the Slade School of Fine Art and a BA Hons in Theatre Design from the University of Central England. She is the principal artist at The London Art House and has illustrated over 20 books, which have been published in many countries. Nicky has also achieved major commissions nationally and internationally in mural work and fine art.

    "Sunderland's whole series is excellent. I find I recommend each one... Good writing, wonderful artwork, a real impetus to use the material" — Adoption Today

    "A vital resource for all parents and child professionals" — Families Magazine

    "Margot's books are digestible teaching aids for anyone working with children - a resource that would be beneficial in every school both for qualified and non-qualified staff." — Special Children