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Growing Friendships

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"For any child struggling with friendships, this book will be a source of comfort, guidance, and fun, with its wonderful illustrations and child-centered dialogue. Counselors, psychologists, and parents, this is a book to read with the children you care about."--Maurice J. Elias, PhD, Rutgers University, coauthor of The Joys and Oys of Parenting and Emotionally Intelligent Parenting "The complexities of friendships in the school-aged years can be the most perplexing for students, parents, and educators alike. Growing Friendships gives research-based, concrete, and effective solutions for navigating these relationships. A tool every school should have!"--Kelly Bos, MSW, RSW, psychotherapist, parent, and former school counselor "Children's friendships are a rollercoaster of emotion and conflict--fun and exciting when a friendship is going well, but challenging and even crushing when it's not. Growing Friendships taps into the real-life problems kids face--from the friend who tells your secret to the one who likes you one day and won't play with you the next. This spot-on guide navigates the slippery slope of inevitable difficulties with kid humor and compassion to demonstrate not only how to mend friendships or let them go, but also how to be a good friend. If you have school-age children they--and you--need this book."--Susan Newman, PhD, social psychologist and author of Little Things Long Remembered and The Case for the Only Child "This empowering and entertaining guide for kids shows ways to maneuver the often tricky, confusing, and challenging journey to build and maintain positive friendships. Not only do children learn strategies to make new friends, handle stressful situations, say 'no' to a pushy peer, and be a great team member, Growing Friendships makes the process fun and meaningful for the entire family."--Marilyn Price-Mitchell, PhD, developmental psychologist and founder of Roots of Action "Practical examples, real-life solutions, and playful humor make Growing Friendships a great resource. This insightful guide can help kids become competent problem solvers, cope with common social challenges, develop empathy, and build strong friendships."--Tina Payne Bryson, PhD, coauthor of bestsellers The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline "Some kids intuitively know how to make and manage friendships. Most don't. Growing Friendships is a kid-friendly guide that uses simple language, engaging illustrations, and humor to help girls AND boys master the mysteries of social interaction."--Jennifer L. W. Fink, founder of BuildingBoys.net "Growing Friendships is the secret playbook you'll wish you'd had when you were growing up. It's packed with clever strategies that help kids handle the awkward, upsetting, and confusing social situations that happen to everyone. The fun cartoons make the advice light-hearted and easy to swallow."--Diane Debrovner, deputy editor of "Parents magazine " "This book is so important! All children face friendship challenges at some point and Growing Friendships offers kids real help--and enough giggles to make the messages fun and memorable."--Amy McCready, author of If I Have to Tell You One More Time and The "Me, Me, Me" Epidemic "Funny, practical, and not at all preachy--Growing Friendships offers spot-on, research-based friendship advice for girls AND boys. Highly recommended! This must-read book is the Google Maps to friendship that every kid needs "--Michele Borba, author of Unselfie "Kids who have social skill challenges often view friendship as an event or a product (Hi, I'm Michael. Let's be best friends and have a sleepover tonight.). They do not understand that friendship is a PROCESS with specific steps and sequences. Eileen Kennedy-Moore brings a wealth of experience, knowledge, and sensitivity to this issue. Her book Growing Friendships teaches kids the strategies they can use to establish--and maintain--peer relationships. Her unique and entertaining format holds the child's attention and makes these complex concepts understandable and within reach. It will be an invaluable tool for parents and professionals as they try to prevent their child from hearing the most dreaded words in childhood: 'Sorry, you can't sit there. That seat's taken.' "--Richard D. Lavoie, author of It's So Much Work to be Your Friend "Finally! A gap in the literature of friendship is filled. Growing Friendships is profound and subtle, clear and humorous. Anyone, of any age, who reads it will benefit."--Wendy Mogel, PhD, author of The Blessing of a Skinned Knee

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