Articles by Eileen Kennedy-Moore, PhD About Special Challenges

Loving and Supporting a Trans or Gender-Creative Kid

A loving response from a mom offers comfort and support to a trans kid.

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Handling Political Disagreements in the Family

It’s tempting to steer clear of political topics with loved ones who have different views, but these conversations are possible and can even be useful.

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No, That’s Not Bullying

Understand the distinction to help your child resolve everyday issues with peers.

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Friends in Violent Places

Research says children in violent neighborhoods approach friendship cautiously, with the goal of staying safe. Here are their resourceful–and heart-breaking–strategies.

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Suicide In Children – What Every Parent Must Know

Only about one-third of children or young adolescents who died from suicide told anyone that they intended to kill themselves. Do you know the risk factors?

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How to Help Kids with Nightmares

How to Help Kids with Nightmares

Most children experience bad dreams sometimes. Here are some practical ways to help your child cope.

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5 Questions to Ask a Child Psychologist

A child psychologist is a combination coach, cheerleader, and fairy godmother. Here are questions to help you find the right psychologist for your child and family.

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Social Challenges of Children With ADHD (part 2)

“Parental friendship coaching” may be an important key to helping children with ADHD address their social challenges.

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Social Challenges of Children With ADHD

For children, the most difficult part of having attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is often the social challenges it causes.

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Why Kids Often Don’t Speak Up Against Bullying

It’s more than fear that keeps kids from reporting bullying. Here are some of the beliefs and psychological processes that can lead kid to stay silent about cruelty.

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Is It Bullying…Or Ordinary Meanness?

We adults haven’t managed world peace or even perfect marriages, so it’s unrealistic to think that our children will always be perfectly kind to each other.

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They Call That Dancing!?

High school students no longer dance; they “grind.” Is there anything adults can do about it?

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Talking with Children About Disaster

Children are magnets for emotion, so they pick up on adults’ fear, sadness, horror, and anger about tragic events in the news, even if they don’t fully understand what’s going on.

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Helping Children Feel Safe in an Unsafe World

When tragedy strikes, whether it’s personal or in a news event, children may feel very frightened. Here’s one way you can reassure your child without offering false promises.

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