Eileen Kennedy-Moore, PhD


Author for kids and parents




Dr. Kennedy-Moore’s award-winning books and videos focus on parenting and children’s feelings and relationships. Whether she’s writing for adults or children, you’ll find true-to-life scenarios, practical coping strategies, and fascinating, research-based insights presented in a warm and engaging way. Scroll down or click on the covers above to learn more.


Growing Friendships

A Kids’ Guide to Making and Keeping Friends

By Eileen Kennedy-Moore & Christine McLaughlin
(for children ages 6-12, Beyond Words/Aladdin/Simon & Schuster)

A funny and useful guide to help children make and keep friends.

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


Raising Emotionally & Socially Healthy Kids

By Eileen Kennedy-Moore & Christine McLaughlin
(for parents; audio/video series from The Great Courses)

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Twelve half-hour audio or video lectures about feelings and friendships, from the toddler years to the teen years. Topics include: Playing Well With Others; How Kids Manage Anxiety and Anger; Growing Up Social in the Digital Age.

“Dr. Kennedy-Moore’s insight and genuine compassion for children and parents shine through her wise advice.”
— Michele Borba, EdD, author of The Big Book of Parenting Solutions


Smart Parenting for Smart Kids:

Nurturing Your Child’s True Potential

By Eileen Kennedy-Moore & Mark Lowenthal
(for parents; Jossey-Bass/Wiley)

Practical parenting tips for helping children develop the social and emotional skills they need to become capable, confident, and caring people. Chapters include: Tempering Perfectionism; Building Connection; Finding Joy.

“A literal Godsend. Parents will find great wisdom in its pages.”
— Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People



The Unwritten Rules of Friendship:

Simple Strategies to Help Your Child Make Friends

By Natalie Madorsky Elman & Eileen Kennedy-Moore
(for parents; Little, Brown & Co.)

Describes the friendship strengths and struggles of nine typical children, such as The Shy Child, The Little Adult, and The Short-Fused Child. Explains how parents can help children learn the social guidelines they haven’t managed to pick up on their own.

“Colorfully written and practical.”
— Library Journal


What About Me?

12 Ways To Get Your Parents’ Attention Without Hitting Your Sister.

By Eileen Kennedy-Moore & Mits Katayama (illustrator)
(for children ages 3-6; Parenting Press)

A gentle remedy for sibling rivalry.

“Shows kind, helpful, and creative ways children can ask for the attention they need. This book will help a child learn empathy.”
— Dr. William and Martha Sears, co-authors of The Discipline Book



Expressing Emotion:

Myths, Realities, and Therapeutic Strategies

By Eileen Kennedy-Moore & Jeanne C. Watson
(for mental health professionals; Guilford Press)

Describes the many forms of emotional expression and non expression and their implications for personal well-being, social relationships, and psychotherapy.

“This book may well become the Michelin Guide for anyone touring the emotion literature.”
— James W. Pennebaker, Ph.D., author of “Opening Up”