Articles by Eileen Kennedy-Moore, PhD About Family Relationships

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How to Move Past Parental Blame

We can’t rewrite the past. Here are five reasons to stop blaming your parents and what to do instead.

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When—Not If—You Lose It with Your Child During Coronavirus

While you certainly didn’t intend those imperfect parenting moments, they’re actually an important opportunity to teach your child about relationship repair.

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How to Love the Ones You’re with During Coronavirus

We love our families, but constant confinement puts a strain on everyone’s nerves. Here are some ways to get along during coronavirus.

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What is Psychologists’ Favorite Word?

One small word encompasses a big shift in thinking that can help people become unstuck. Learn about the power of this simple word.

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Do You Have a 'Barometer Child?'

Do You Have a ‘Barometer Child?’

Some kids are acutely aware of and affected by tension in the family. Here’s how to help them manage.

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Pets vs Siblings as Sources of Support for Children

New study suggests that kids may get along better with their pets than their siblings. Just like siblings, pets are a source of comfort and companionship…and they never blab.

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Sibling Abuse and Bullying, Part 2

Practical ways that parents can minimize sibling aggression and prevent it from escalating to bullying

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Sibling Abuse and Bullying

Brothers and sisters can hurt each other very, very badly, and because they live together, there’s no escape for the victims. Learn the facts about sibling bullying.

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When should I tell my son I have a boyfriend?

When should I tell my son I have a boyfriend?

I’m divorced and have been dating someone for ten months. We recently introduced our children. Do I need to tell my son that the new friends we’ve met are actually my boyfriend and his kids or leave my private life private?

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How can I stop my daughter acting out

How can I stop my daughter acting out, due to our separation?

With her dad not around, my daughter’s become aggressive and angry. Could this be her way of craving/wanting attention, and how can I stop it?

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Helping the "Bad Kid" of the Family

Helping the “Bad Kid” of the Family

Sometimes, one child in the family gets into trouble noticeably more than the other children. Here’s how to help that child step out of the “Bad Kid” role.

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Family Traditions

Love notes for our kids are a home-made family tradition and a unique and precious legacy.

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Preventing Mom Meltdowns and Dad Detonations

Preventing Mom Meltdowns and Dad Detonations

As much as we love our children, we’ve all had moments of feeling exasperated with them. Here’s what you can do when you feel like you’re ready to explode.

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