Articles by Eileen Kennedy-Moore, PhD About Making Friends & Being a Good Friend

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Does Your Child Need a Best Friend?

How common are best friendships among children?

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Children’s Friendship Groups

Friendship groups add an extra dimension of fun—and complication—to children’s social worlds.

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When Your Child Says “Nobody Likes Me!”

Practical ways to help when your child is feeling friendless.

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Helping Your Shy Child

When they’re around other kids, shy children feel like outsiders looking in. Here are ways to help your child feel more comfortable and confident in social situations.

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Imaginary Friends

Invisible friends represent “bemagination”—something partway between belief and imagination.

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How Children Make Friends (part 3 of 3)

How Children Make Friends (part 3 of 3)

What your child needs to know about making friends: Moving from friendly to friendship.

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How Children Make Friends (part 2 of 3)

How Children Make Friends (part 2 of 3)

What your child needs to know about making friends: Like attracts like.

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How Children Make Friends (part 1 of 3)

How Children Make Friends (part 1 of 3)

What your child needs to know about making friends: First steps to friendship.

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Can Boys and Girls Be Friends?

Visit any playground and you’ll see it: From about age four onwards, boys mostly play with boys; girls mostly play with girls. Are boy-girl friendships doomed to dissolve?

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