We received a sample book:
I’m not that good at keeping friends so I want to make sure that I equip my kids with the skills that I don’t seem to have. I mean, I know what I’m going wrong, but I could use some help and this is my way of helping both of us. It’s a great book full of great ideas. It helps kids understand different body language and things that help in understanding what kind of mood you or someone else is in.
For kids struggling with:
· making friends
· what to do when a friend dumps them
· the social challenges of ADHD
· how to resolve conflicts with friends
I really got this book for my daughter. She can make friends so easily but she does have issues finding ways to resolve conflicts with her friends. Growing Friendships: A Kids’ Guide to Making and Keeping Friends (Simon & Schuster’s Aladdin / Beyond Words; July 2017) by Princeton psychologist and children’s friendships expert Eileen Kennedy-Moore, Ph.D. and parenting and health writer Christine McLaughlin, a social development primer that gives kids like her the answers they need. Oh and surprisingly, my son read it too.
What makes some kids popular? Is your child inviting rejection? Can boys and girls be friends?
Dr. Kennedy-Moore and McLaughlin answer all of the above and much more with cute cartoons that squash 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.
Every child runs into friendship issues: arguments with a friend, getting teased or even trying to find a buddy in a new classroom—these are typical problems, but they can be very painful for girls and boys.
Good friendships are key to a happy childhood, but they’re not always easy to build or maintain. Research shows 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 with enough humor to make the messages appealing and memorable.