Growing Feelings

Growing Feelings A Kids' Guide to Dealing with Emotions about Friends and Other Kids

By Eileen Kennedy-Moore, PhD & Christine McLaughlin
(Beyond Words)
For kids ages 6-12

A funny and useful guide to help children deal with the complicated feelings that come up about friends. Filled with cartoons and research-based tips.



Everyone likes the idea of “best friends forever,” but friendships can be complicated, and they often involve dealing with difficult feelings.

This entertaining and empowering book addresses a wide range of feelings kids have about friends and other kids, including worry, guilt, jealousy, compassion, and gratitude.

Growing Feelings shows kids how to recognize the Feelings Story behind common friendship rough spots. It spells out the links between events, thoughts, emotions, actions, and social reactions, so kids can clearly see how their reactions fuel or resolve relationship problems.

It offers relatable cartoon stories, practical, research-based coping strategies, plus silly comments from a Cat and Dog character who have their own (questionable) ideas about what might help.