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Raising Emotionally and Socially Healthy Kids

Kids and parents alike are constantly under pressure. We're here to help with guidance on friendships, self-confidence, coping skills, and more.
Raising Emotionally and Socially Healthy Kids is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 35.
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Now Children… This course provides fundamental principles of interacting with children. Young parents are the primary audience although grandparents can benefit, too. Dr. Kenney-Moore endeavors to help the adult understand and gently guide the child. She is careful to differentiate among very young children, elementary children, middle school children, and teenagers. Interestingly, she does not differentiate between girls and boys very often. Are middle-school girls and middle-school boys essentially the same in terms of emotional and social health? This course is organized topically. She bases her lectures on well-documented research. Interestingly, they are also generally consistent with common sense. It should be noted that Dr. Kennedy-Moore has years of education and years of clinical experience. One cannot expect that she would be able to package all that into a course just six hours long (i.e., 12 lectures). This course is necessarily superficial or, to look at it differently, just a survey. Dr. Kennedy-Moore speaks in a calm, soothing manner, almost as if she were speaking to a three-year-old. (It made me wonder what a conference of child psychologists would be like. Do they present their research papers to each other as though they were speaking to a class of third-graders?) The course guide is average by The Great Courses (TGC) standards. It is in bullet format, like Microsoft PowerPoint. It has no useful graphics. It averages about seven pages per lesson, which is probably above average coverage for TGC course guides. It has an extensive bibliography which includes a short statement of what each reference can provide the reader. (On the other hand, Lecture 6 is structured around the work of Dr. Martin Seligman but there are no entries in the bibliography by Dr. Seligman.) The bibliography includes books directed at children to help them with their emotional and social needs. I used the video version but the audio-only mode would have been just as good such as while jogging or commuting. The course was published in 2014.
Date published: 2023-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This course is very practical and useful. Has a grand father, I can futher help my grand children.
Date published: 2022-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wish I had this 30 years ago I bought this course because my younger son was socially isolated and bullied in school. We babysit his daughter often, and I wanted to do everything possible to ensure that she has a better childhood than her dad did. This course gives specific recommendations for responding when kids are "emotionally flooded" (so worked up that they cannot process what you are telling them), fostering compassion/ kindness, and responses to bullying or cyberbullying comments. It also has typical behavior at various age ranges.
Date published: 2021-10-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from 10 minutes in and I hate it This woman is not an advocate for children. She places all the burden of expressing emotions in a socially acceptable way on the child. Do not like her philosophy. Also she said some things that are explicitly false. There is not extensive evidence to show that expressing anger will make you more angry. That is false.
Date published: 2021-02-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Informative and practical The course has a good balance of scientific, anecdotal and common-sense information and wisdom. Some of it, I enjoyed practicing in real time with my kids.
Date published: 2020-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Speaker kept my interest Eileen is a great speaker & very knowledgeable about the subject course. I had my grandsons watch the lecture on teasing & bullying.
Date published: 2020-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent course. I think this should be a requirement for everyone who is planning on having children. Even though I am a grandmother it has given me insight into helping my grandchildren. Very good course and well instructed.
Date published: 2019-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Key Insights Make a Difference This course is providing me some very important insights into some of the mistakes I have made as a parent. I know that my wife and I are good parents to our son but there are always areas for improvements. This course is providing me access to my own personal blind spots with new techniques, especially with how to handle conflicts with our son and how I've been praising him. As they say, "It's the little subtle things that can really make a difference", maybe they're really not that little. I am very grateful to Dr. Eileen Kennedy - thank you for creating this course and for dedicating your life to making a difference in other people's lives.
Date published: 2019-07-28
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Help your child form friendships, develop self-confidence, and cope with emotions, with this course taught by a renowned psychologist.


Eileen Kennedy-Moore

The fascinating thing about social and emotional development is that we're never done-the skills that children learn about making friends and dealing with feelings are the same skills that we adults continue to practice and refine.


Stony Brook University

Eileen Kennedy-Moore is an author and clinical psychologist who specializes in parenting and children’s feelings and friendships at her private practice in Princeton, New Jersey (license #35SI00425400). She earned her BA in Psychology from Northwestern University and her MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology from Stony Brook University. 

Dr. Kennedy-Moore is the author or coauthor of four books for parents, including Kid Confidence: Help Your Child Make Friends, Build Resilience, and Develop Self-Esteem and What’s My Child Thinking? Practical Child Psychology for Modern Parents with Tanith Carey. She is also the author of a book for mental health professionals, Expressing Emotion: Myths, Realities, and Therapeutic Strategies. Her books for children include the award-winning What About Me? 12 Ways to Get Your Parents’ Attention (without Hitting Your Sister) and Growing Friendships: A Kids’ Guide to Making and Keeping Friends.

Dr. Kennedy-Moore has published academic articles in the Review of General Psychology and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. She has been quoted in numerous popular magazines and newspapers, including The New York TimesThe Washington PostParents, Real Simple, Working Mother, Woman’s Day, and the Chicago Tribune. She serves on the advisory board for Parents magazine, and her blog, Growing Friendships at, has more than 4 million views. She has also been a featured guest on Live with Kelly and RyanTODAYGood Day Philadelphia, and many highly rated and nationally syndicated radio shows.

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Raising Emotionally and Socially Healthy Kids
Raising Emotionally and Socially Healthy Kids


Developing Your Child's Emotional Intelligence

01: Developing Your Child's Emotional Intelligence

Parents can play a major role in helping or hindering children's development of emotional regulation skills. Consider the factors that make emotion regulation difficult for kids and learn techniques for teaching your children to understand and cope with their feelings, both in a "meltdown" situation and on an ongoing everyday basis....

34 min
Anxiety-The Way Out Is Through

02: Anxiety-The Way Out Is Through

Because it helps us focus on threats and avoid danger, fear is a necessary emotion. But when a child's responses to perceived threats are more intense, pervasive, and enduring than the situation warrants, anxiety can become a serious problem. Pick up practical ways you can help children learn to cope with the thoughts and behaviors that trigger and accompany anxiety, as well as anxiety's physical ...

31 min
How Kids Manage Anger-Positive Discipline

03: How Kids Manage Anger-Positive Discipline

Are timeouts productive? How should punishment be used, if at all? Learn how to respond constructively to children's anger and help kids learn to manage and communicate it in healthy, non-aggressive ways. Gain practical strategies for inspiring cooperation from kids of various ages and avoiding power struggles.

30 min
Building Authentic Self-Esteem

04: Building Authentic Self-Esteem

All the parental praise and cheerleading in the world won't make a child develop authentic self-esteem. Discover the important developmental changes that occur in children's self-concepts over time, and how parents can support self-esteem at each stage. Then, take an in-depth look at the core components of authentic self-esteem at any age.

33 min
Teaching Kids to Care-The Roots of Empathy

05: Teaching Kids to Care-The Roots of Empathy

Empathy involves more than just "being nice." Explore the three interwoven strands of empathy-affective resonance, cognitive perspective taking, and motivation for compassionate behavior. Then, look closely at three more general ways of helping children develop empathy, including challenging empathy exceptions and giving kids a path forward when they behave in unkind ways.

31 min
What Makes Kids Happy?

06: What Makes Kids Happy?

Parents can't make their children happy-what they can do is help them develop the skills and attitudes that contribute to happiness. Gain strategies for guiding and supporting kids in building a life that incorporates pleasure, engagement, and meaning, from teaching them how to relish positive experiences to helping them break free from perfectionism.

33 min
How Children Make Friends

07: How Children Make Friends

Track the fascinating changes that happen in children's friendships, as they move from the simple "love the one you're with" connections of young children, through the palling around of school-age children, to the intimate relationships of teens. Discover the three key ingredients of friendship formation and investigate ways to support your child's social development and pave the way for friendshi...

30 min
Playing Well with Others

08: Playing Well with Others

Explore the stages of how children learn to play: solitary, parallel, associative, and cooperative play. Witness the extraordinary variety of children's pretend play and understand its social and emotional importance. Dive into the research and learn what experts say about war games and roughhousing. Finally, take a look at games with rules and how to help your child handle winning and losing.

28 min
Making Up and Breaking Up with Friends

09: Making Up and Breaking Up with Friends

Arguments, misunderstandings, and hurt feelings are an unavoidable part of any relationship. Look at the reasons why children argue with friends, the methods through which they resolve their differences, and ways you can support your child as they go through the frustration and heartache of a conflict or breakup.

28 min
Belonging, Status, Popularity, and Rejection

10: Belonging, Status, Popularity, and Rejection

What makes some kids popular? Why do some kids have trouble getting along? In this lecture, study the characteristics linked to four research-based categories of social status that children might fall into: well liked, controversial, neglected, and rejected. Explore the hidden risks of popularity and the role of gossip.

29 min
Teasing and Bullying

11: Teasing and Bullying

Kids can be very mean to each other. Learn about the long-term effects of bullying for both the target and the bully. Understand what distinguishes bullying from ordinary meanness and how bullying differs among boys and girls. Gain practical strategies to use if your child is the target of bullying-or the one doing the bullying.

28 min
Growing up Social in the Digital Age

12: Growing up Social in the Digital Age

Unlike previous generations, children today are growing up in a digital world. Discover the parallels between online and face-to-face behaviors and how anonymity (perceived or real) changes the bullying game. Reflect on the risky behaviors children engage in online and how parents can mitigate those risks and educate their children so they navigate the web safely and with kindness.

32 min