1: 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....
2: 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 ...
3: 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.
4: 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.
5: 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.
6: 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.
7: 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...
8: 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.
9: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
About Eileen Kennedy-Moore
Eileen Kennedy-Moore is an author and clinical psychologist who specializes in parenting and children’s feelings and friendships in her Princeton, NJ practice (license #35SI00425400). She earned her B.A. in Psychology from Northwestern University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Stony Brook University.
Dr. Kennedy-Moore is the coauthor of two books for parents, Smart Parenting for Smart Kids: Nurturing Your Child’s True Potential and The Unwritten Rules of Friendship: Simple Strategies to Help Your Child Make Friends, as well as a book for mental health professionals. She also has written an award-winning children’s book, What About Me? 12 Ways to Get Your Parents’ Attention (without Hitting Your Sister). Her works have been translated into Estonian, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
In addition to publishing academic articles in the Review of General Psychology and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Dr. Kennedy-Moore has been featured on many highly rated radio shows and quoted in numerous popular magazines and newspapers, such as Parents, Real Simple, Family Circle, Woman’s Day, and the Chicago Tribune. She serves on the advisory board for Parents magazine and writes an in-depth blog about children’s social and emotional development at PsychologyToday.com. She often speaks at schools and conferences about stress, parenting, and children’s feelings and friendships.