Books for Kids:

Growing Feelings: A Kids’ Guide to Dealing with Emotions about Friends and Other Kids

By Eileen Kennedy-Moore, PhD, and Christine McLaughlin (Beyond Words)

for ages 6-12
Kids’ biggest feelings are often about friends. This entertaining and empowering book features relatable cartoons, practical, research-based coping strategies, plus silly commentary from a cat and dog who have their own (questionable) ideas about what might help.

“This warm, wise, accessible book belongs in the hands of every elementary-school aged child.” -- Lisa Damour, PhD, author of Untangled, Under Pressure, and The Emotional Lives of Teenagers

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Growing Friendships: A Kids’ Guide to Making and Keeping Friends

By Eileen Kennedy-Moore, PhD, and Christine McLaughlin (Beyond Words/Aladdin)

for ages 6-12
A funny and useful guide to help children navigate the social world. Filled with cartoons and research-based tips.

“The secret playbook you’ll wish you’d had when you were growing up.”
— Diane Debrovner, executive editor, Parents magazine

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Moody Moody Cars

By Eileen Kennedy-Moore, PhD, & Michael Furman (Magination Press)

for ages 4–8
Classic automobiles express a range of feelings, from anger to excitement, to help kids learn to recognize, understand, and communicate about emotions.

“Not since Inside Out has a story about feelings felt so innovative.”
Parents Magazine

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Books for Parents:

Kid Confidence: Help Your Child Make Friends, Build Resilience, and Develop Real Self-Esteem

By Eileen Kennedy-Moore, PhD (New Harbinger)

Real self-esteem isn’t about loving ourselves. It’s about being able to let go of the question “Am I good enough?” by connecting with something bigger than ourselves. Addresses challenges such as: feeling friendless, giving up easily, overreacting to criticism, or being different.

“This one is a game changer.”
— Dawn Huebner, PhD, author, Outsmarting Worry

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Smart Parenting for Smart Kids: Nurturing Your Child's True Potential

By Eileen Kennedy-Moore, PhD, & Mark S. Lowenthal, PsyD (Jossey-Bass/Wiley)

An in-depth look at the social and emotional skills children need to become capable and caring people. Chapters include: Tempering Perfectionism; Building Connection; Finding Joy.

“A literal Godsend. Parents will find great wisdom in its pages.”
— Stephen R. Covey, author, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

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The Unwritten Rules of Friendship: Simple Strategies to Help Your Child Make Friends

By Natalie Madorsky Elman, PhD, & Eileen Kennedy-Moore, PhD (Little, Brown)

Describes the friendship strengths and struggles of typical children, such as The Shy Child, The Little Adult, and The Short-Fused Child.

“Colorfully written and practical.”
Library Journal

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What’s My Child Thinking? Practical Child Psychology for Modern Parents

By Eileen Kennedy-Moore, PhD, (contributing editor) & Tanith Carey (Dorling Kindersley)

Covers common parenting dilemmas with kids ages 2-7.

“Parents will welcome this friendly, supportive guide.”
Booklist Online

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Raising Emotionally & Socially Healthy Kids

By Eileen Kennedy-Moore, PhD (The Great Courses/Wondrium)

12 half-hour lectures (audio or video) on feelings and friendships, in toddlers to teens. You’ll find research-based tips and do-able parenting solutions.

"Dr. Kennedy-Moore's insight and genuine compassion for children and parents shine through her wise advice."
— Michele Borba, EdD

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