Loneliness is a complex problem of epidemic proportions, affecting millions from all walks of life.
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All about children's social and emotional development.
Eileen Kennedy-Moore Ph.D.
How can we understand the appeal of violent video games for kids and how should parents respond?
Fans insist, “I’ve played lots of violent video games and haven’t murdered anyone!” Here's what parents should know about the effects—and noneffects—of violent video games.
Why do boys wrestle and play pretend fighting? Do all boys do this? Should we view it as violence or innocent fun?
Pixar’s Inside Out is an exciting and compelling. Here are three lessons about emotions from the movie--plus one more.
“Parental friendship coaching” may be an important key to helping children with ADHD address their social challenges.
For children, the most difficult part of having Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is often the social challenges it causes.
Narcissism is more than believing “I’m great!”; it’s believing “I’m better and more important than you!” Here's how NOT to raise a narcissistic child.
Our smart phones and tablets can pull us away from being present to our children. On the other hand, constantly staring at our kids in rapture is neither realistic nor desirable.
Does intuitive parenting exist? Can “gut feelings” guide us to raise our children well?
It's more than fear that keeps kids from reporting bullying. Here are some of the beliefs and psychological processes that can lead kid to stay silent about cruelty.
We adults haven’t managed world peace or even perfect marriages, so it’s unrealistic to think that our children will always be perfectly kind to each other.
When we push and push and then STOP, we often experience what I call "Post-Adrenaline Blues." We’re depleted, dissatisfied, and prone to questioning everything about our lives.
Sometimes, one child in the family gets into trouble noticeably more than the other children. Here's how to help that child step out of the “Bad Kid” role.
Children argue with their friends. A lot. What can we, as parents, do to help them learn to resolve conflicts?
If we want others to respond constructively to our criticism, we need to be able to give it in a way that decreases their defensiveness. (Hint: It's not just about adding praise!)
"Frenemies" run hot and cold. They can be fun, exciting, and popular, but they’re also risky, because they can ruthlessly turn on their friends. How can you help your child cope?
"My kid doesn't listen!" is a common parent complaint. The answer to being heard may be to make it easier for our children to listen. Here are some ideas about how to do this.
Understanding time helps kids plan and prioritize--essential executive functioning skills. Here are four questions you can use to support your child’s developing sense of time.
People are interesting. Gossip makes up about two-thirds of the naturally occurring conversations of adult men and women, so it’s unrealistic to expect kids never to gossip.
Love notes for our kids are a home-made family tradition and a unique and precious legacy.
Is your child popular? Does he or she want to be? Do you consider popularity an important goal for kids or teens?
Do "fat letters" motivate children to lose weight?
Reading aloud to children and encouraging them to think about the character's feelings may help children develop empathy and kindness.
Kids who cry easily may pay a social cost.
Many children have trouble coping with winning and losing. They gloat, brag, cry, sulk, or accuse others of cheating. Here are some ways to help kids take competition in stride.
Simple guidelines to help your child be a good play date host.
Friends are not only a source of fun; they also help children grow in meaningful ways.
As much as we love our children, we’ve all had moments of feeling exasperated with them. Here's what you can do when you feel like you're ready to explode.
Practical ways to get kids to help with housework.
High school students no longer dance; they "grind." Is there anything adults can do about it?
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.