Growing Friendships: A Kids’ Guide to Making and Keeping Friends (Hardcover)

Growing Friendships: A Kids’ Guide to Making and Keeping Friends (Hardcover)

From Princeton psychologist and children’s friendships expert Eileen Kennedy-Moore, Ph.D. and parenting and health writer Christine McLaughlin comes Growing Friendships: A Kids’ Guide to Making and Keeping Friends, a social development primer that gives kids (geared towards ages 6 – 9) the answers they need.

Friendship is complicated for kids. Almost every child struggles socially at some time, in some way. Having an argument with a friend, getting teased, or even trying to find a buddy in a new classroom…although these are typical problems, they can be very painful. And friendships are never about just one thing.

“Clear and entertaining as well as informative … a very useful tool … upbeat effort provides ample useful advice … clear, reasonable … practical … highly recommended … a fun handbook for any child” – KIRKUS

With research-based practical solutions and plenty of true-to-life examples—presented in more than 200 lighthearted cartoons—Growing Friendships is a toolkit for both girls and boys as they make sense of the social order around them.  The book features cartoons describing common friendship problems. A narrator explains what’s happening and offers research-based tips about what to do; the stars of the book, a cat and dog, wander through the text offering goofy suggestions.

There’s not a single child on the planet who hasn’t encountered a friendship issue. Having an argument with a friend can be very painful for both girls and boys.  Good friendships are key to a happy childhood, but they’re not always easy to build or maintain. Research tells us that first graders keep only about half of their friendships from fall to spring. Fourth-graders maintain about three-quarters of their friendships across the school year.

Growing Friendships offers real help that kids can use immediately and enough humor to make the messages appealing and memorable. Children everywhere want to fit in with a group, resist peer pressure, and be good sports—but even the most socially adept children struggle at times. But after reading this highly illustrated guide on their own or with a caring adult, kids everywhere will be well equipped to face any friendship challenges that come their way.

About the Authors:

Eileen Kennedy-Moore, PhD, is an internationally published author, psychologist, and mother of four. She is a trusted expert on parenting and children’s feelings and friendships who is frequently quoted in major magazines and newspapers and has been a featured guest on national radio and television shows. Her books have been translated into seven languages. She is a professor for the Great Courses, serves on the advisory board for Parents magazine, and writes the popular Growing Friendships blog for Psychology Today. Dr. Kennedy-Moore has a private practice in Princeton, New Jersey, where she works with adults, children, and families. Visit her online at

Christine McLaughlin is a prolific freelance writer, editor, and author whose work focuses primarily on parenting and health. She has published several hundred articles in national magazines and high-traffic websites. She is also author of The Dog Lover’s Companion to Philadelphia, Philadelphia: A Photographic Portrait, and Bayada: 40 Years of Compassion, Excellence and Reliability, and coauthor of the American Red Cross: Dog First Aid and Cat First Aid books. She and her husband live in the Philadelphia area with their three children and a lovable golden retriever. Visit her online at

Growing Friendships: A Kids’ Guide to Making and Keeping Friends (Hardcover)

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