Loneliness is a complex problem of epidemic proportions, affecting millions from all walks of life.
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Eileen Kennedy-Moore Ph.D.
When parents have expectations that don’t fit a particular child at a particular time, it sets that child up for feeling like a failure.
Just as children experience a continuum of linking from “casual friends” to “best friends,” they also experience a continuum of disliking from “nonfriends” to "worst enemies."
Kids who know better and are usually kind to their friends can sometimes act in casually cruel ways when they decide that certain people’s feelings don’t "count."
Here are seven situations when you may need to say no to your kids and some suggestions for how to do it.
Every child faces friendship challenges at some time, in some way, but broadly speaking, there are three main ways that children struggle socially.
Conflicts are common in children’s friendships, but they don’t have to mean the end of a relationship. Here are three ways kids can move past disagreements.
Recent research suggests that parents can play an important role in helping children learn social skills. Here are some ways to be an effective friendship coach for your child.
Holding onto resentment is emotionally costly. Here are some forgiveness guidelines to help your child figure out when to let go.
A new study suggests that supportive responses to our kids' negative feelings may not always be helpful.
The more parents say, “It’s fine. Don’t worry!” the more anxious kids demand, “But what if…?” Here's a way to help children use their imagination to manage worries.
Parents of young Ariana Grande fans are facing the sickening question of how to talk to their kids about the explosion at her recent concert in Manchester. Here are 5 tips.
Practical ways to help when your child is feeling friendless.
New study suggests that kids may get along better with their pets than their siblings. Just like siblings, pets are a source of comfort and companionship...and they never blab.
Research says children in violent neighborhoods approach friendship cautiously, with the goal of staying safe. Here are their resourceful–and heart-breaking–strategies.
A new study shows that middle schoolers who think their parents value achievement over kindness are worse off psychologically and academically. How do we encourage healthy values?
Understanding and practicing some simple formulas can help your child manage common conversations and feel comfortable talking with others.
A recent study shows that a brief intervention encouraging teachers to respond with empathy to misbehaving students was able to reduce middle school suspension rates by half.
At what age can kids consider fairness to others?
Only about one-third of children or young adolescents who died from suicide told anyone that they intended to kill themselves. Do you know the risk factors?
Growing Friendships blog on Psychology Today recently reached over one million views! Here's a look back at some favorite posts.
Sometimes the best thing we can do for our kids is to allow them to struggle.
When they’re around other kids, shy children feel like outsiders looking in. Here are ways to help your child feel more comfortable and confident in social situations.
Michele Borba's new book "Unselfie" offers practical ways to help kids learn to care about others.
Can you guess which stage of parenting research says has the lowest average level of parenting satisfaction for moms?
Cyberbullying involves using electronic communication to intimidate and harass someone. Because it's so public and so easily spread, it can be devastating.
Is sexting really "the new normal" among teens? Here's what research says plus some practical ideas for parents.
Practical ways that parents can minimize sibling aggression and prevent it from escalating to bullying
Brothers and sisters can hurt each other very, very badly, and because they live together, there’s no escape for the victims. Learn the facts about sibling bullying.
A child psychologist is a combination coach, cheerleader, and fairy godmother. Here are questions to help you find the right psychologist for your child and family.
New research explains how to inspire teens to "service beyond self."
Eileen Kennedy-Moore, Ph.D., is the author of many books including Smart Parenting for Smart Kids: Nurturing Your Child's True Potential.
Describes research and practial parenting tips about children's feelings and friendships.