Eileen Kennedy-Moore, PhD, is an internationally published author, psychologist, and speaker. Her audio/video series for parents, produced by The Great Courses®, is called, Raising Emotionally and Socially Healthy Kids. She is co-author of two books for parents: Smart Parenting for Smart Kids (Jossey-Bass/Wiley) and The Unwritten Rules of Friendship: Simple Strategies to Help Your Child Make Friends (Little, Brown). She is also the author of an award-winning children's book, What About Me? 12 Ways to Get Your Parents' Attention Without Hitting Your Sister (Parenting Press), and a forth-coming book for children, Growing Friendships: A Kids’ Guide to Making and Keeping Friends (July 2017, Beyond Words/Simon & Schuster). Her books have been translated into eight languages.
A trusted expert on parenting and child development, Dr. Kennedy-Moore offers compassionate, practical, and research-based solutions. She has been a featured guest on The TODAY SHOW and other national television and major radio shows, and she has been quoted in numerous magazines and newspapers, including Parents, Real Simple, Working Mother, Family Circle, Woman’s Day, and The Chicago Tribune. Dr. Kennedy-Moore serves on the advisory board for Parents magazine, is an expert contributor for PBS Parents, and blogs about children's feelings and friendships for Psychology Today. She frequently speaks at schools and conferences.
Dr. Kennedy-Moore’s clinical psychology practice is in Princeton, NJ, where she works with adults, children, and families (NJ lic. #35SI00425400). She and her husband have four children.
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Areas of Expertise (5)
BOOK - Growing Friendships: A Kids' Guide to Making and Keeping Friends (professional)
(Beyond Words/Simon & Schuster) This funny and practical guide is filled with research-based solutions and plenty of true-to-life examples—presented in more than 200 lighthearted cartoons—to help boys and girls build strong friendships, handle conflicts, and most importantly, be a good friend.
AUDIO/VIDEO SERIES - Raising Emotionally & Socially Healthy Kids (professional)
(The Great Courses) This series of 12 half-hour lectures offers parents in-depth understanding and practical help for common challenges involving children's feelings and friendships.
Topics include: Teaching Kids to Care; Developing Genuine Self-Esteem; How Kids Manage Anxiety and Anger; Playing Well With Others; Growing Up Social in the Digital Age.
VIDEO preview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZEoRGXNTNA
BOOK - Smart Parenting for Smart Kids (professional)
(Jossey-Bass/Wiley) It takes more than school smarts to create a fulfilling life. This warm and practical book offers parents do-able strategies for helping children develop the social and emotional skills they need to become capable, confident, and caring people.
Chapters include: Tempering Perfectionism, Building Connection, Developing Motivation, and Finding Joy.
BOOK - What About Me? 12 Ways To Get Your Parents' Attention Without Hitting Your Sister (professional)
A gentle remedy for sibling rivalry. Shows kind, helpful, and creative ways children can ask for the attention they need. Colorful art and simple text make it inviting and accessible for preschoolers.
BOOK - The Unwritten Rules of Friendship (professional)
Whether your child is having trouble resolving an argument with a friend or even making a friend in the first place, whether your child is painfully shy or a bit rambunctious, this book gives you the tools you need to teach your child about getting along.
Chapters include: The Born Leader, The Little Adult, The Shy Child, The Different Drummer, The Short-Fused Child.
Stony Brook University: PhD, Clinical Psychology
Northwestern University: BA, Psychology
- ASJA - American Society of Journalists and Authors
- SCBWI - Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
- APA - American Psychological Association
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Parenting and child development expert
TODAY Show and other national media tv
A trusted expert on parenting and child development, Dr. Kennedy-Moore offers compassionate, practical, and research-based solutions. She has been a featured guest on The TODAY SHOW and other national television and major radio shows, and she has been quoted in numerous magazines and newspapers, including Parents, Real Simple, Working Mother, Family Circle, Woman’s Day, and The Chicago Tribune. Dr. Kennedy-Moore serves on the advisory board for Parents magazine, is an expert contributor for PBS Parents, and blogs about children's feelings and friendships for Psychology Today.
For more info, see: http://EileenKennedyMoore.com/media/
MEDIA DEMO REEL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhwMNaTvnmk
Sample Talks (5)
Smart Parenting for Smart Kids
It takes more than school smarts to build a fulfilling life. Our culture’s relentless focus on “being impressive” places a huge burden on children that can eclipse other aspects of their development and leave them feeling anxious, disconnected, irritable, or filled with self-doubt. The antidote is to create a broad self-definition that encompasses not only children’s abilities, but also their humanity and inner strengths. Drawing from research and clinical experience, this program offers parents do-able strategies to help children learn to temper perfectionism, build relationships, and find joy.
5 People Skills Every Child Needs to Learn
Nearly every child has trouble with social relationships in some way, at some time. This presentation describes five essential people skills that are part of the unspoken social curriculum for school-age children. It offers parents practical ideas for helping children to feel more comfortable and confident in social situations.
Friendship in the Digital Age
The internet and electronic media are changing how kids play and how they communicate. What does that mean for friendship? This presentation looks at three forms of digital interaction that have parallel behaviors in the real world but also differ in important ways from comparable face-to-face interaction: video game playing, cyberbullying, and facebook “depression.” It describes recent research regarding children’s online behavior and offers practical guidance for parents.
Coaching the Child Who Struggles Socially
Sometimes particular children need extra help in learning to get along with others. This presentation includes a hands-on activity to help participants learn about typical social development and common social struggles at every age. Using a case study format, participants then discuss strategies for helping children develop the social skills they’ll need through out their lives.
Getting Unstuck: Breaking Free of Power Struggles and Managing Our Own Emotions While Working With Children
Working with children is delightful, meaningful, and fun, but it can also be frustrating, exhausting, and discouraging. This presentation allows participants to take an honest look at some of the not-so-pretty feelings that can come up when working with children and to learn and share effective coping strategies.
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Raising Emotionally and Socially Healthy Kids
A fun and fascinating audio/video series on children’s feelings and friendships from The Great Courses®. Topics include: Teaching Kids to Care; Developing Genuine Self-Esteem; How Kids Manage Anxiety and Anger; Playing Well With Others; Growing Up Social in the Digital Age.
Video preview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZEoRGXNTNA
After about kindergarten, there’s a social cost for children who cry easily. The answer is not to “toughen up” sensitive children, but to help them learn to cope with their emotions.
When a child is struggling to make or keep friends, it makes sense to consider whether that child might be doing something to push peers away. This is not blaming the victim. It’s just practical. It can also be empowering for kids to know there’s something they can do to improve their relationships.
The word “bullying” gets thrown around too easily nowadays. Not every disagreement between peers constitutes bullying! Certainly, we’ve all heard horrific cases of breathtakingly cruel bullying. These serious cases require immediate adult intervention. But calling every little conflict “bullying” trivializes these serious instances of peer abuse.
Research tells us that meanness is common among kids! Children often experiment with social power, and their empathy isn’t fully developed. Conversations about bullying too often have a saints-and-sinners focus on trying to identify “bad” kids and protect “good” kids from them. A more productive approach is to teach all kids to make kind choices. This post contains a questionnaire that helps kids consider their own less-than-kind actions, so they can make better choices.
In this era, when civility and kindness seem to be on the decline, it's more important than ever for parents to raise kids who are empathic rather than entitled.
Although most children will experiment with lying, as parents, it’s our job to teach them about the importance of honesty. Angrily demanding a confession encourages kids to lie, and the more they lie to us, the easier it becomes for them to lie again. Research offers some practical strategies for teaching children to tell the truth.