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Growing feelings : a kids' guide to dealing with emotions about friends and other kids  Cover Image Book Book

Growing feelings : a kids' guide to dealing with emotions about friends and other kids / Dr. Eileen Kennedy-Moore & Christine McLaughlin.


"Everyone likes the idea of "best friends forever," but friendships can be complicated, and they often involve dealing with difficult feelings. Almost all children have experienced feeling shy at a party where they don't know anyone, furious during an argument with a friend, or sad when a friend moves away. Because kids care a lot about friends, they often have big emotional responses about them. This entertaining and empowering book addresses a wide range of feelings children have about friends and other kids, including worry, guilt, jealousy, compassion, and gratitude. Through relatable cartoon stories, practical, research-based coping strategies, plus silly commentary from a cat and dog who have their own (questionable) ideas about what might help, kids get a hands-on approach that they can put into practice. Child psychologist Eileen Kennedy-Moore and parenting and health writer Christine McLaughlin show kids how to recognize the Feelings Story behind common friendship rough spots, demonstrating the links between events, thoughts, emotions, actions, and social reactions through the situational cartoons, so children can clearly see how their reactions fuel or resolve relationship problems. And going far beyond a simplistic and unrealistic "don't worry, be happy, think positive only" approach, Growing Feelings offers a nuanced perspective on feelings about friends. It emphasizes that all emotions are useful and guides children in how to empathize with others' reactions, as well as how to understand, manage, and communicate in healthy ways about their own feelings. Caring friendships are a protective factor for children's mental health. Giving kids the tools they need to deal with the feelings about friends is a powerful step toward protecting and improving their well-being."-- Provided by publisher.

Item details

  • ISBN: 9781582708782
  • ISBN: 1582708789
  • Physical Description: xvii, 189 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
  • Edition: Beyond Words paperback edition.
  • Publisher: Portland, OR : Beyond Words, 2023.

Contents / Notes

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references.
Formatted Contents Note:
Feeling anxious about friends -- Feeling angry about friends -- Feeling sad about friends.
Target Audience Note:
Ages 6-10 Beyond Words.
Subject: Friendship in children > Juvenile literature.
Emotions in children > Juvenile literature.
Friendship in children.
Emotions in children.
Friendship > Juvenile literature.
Emotions in children > Juvenile literature.

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