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Raising Emotionally and Socially Healthy Kids

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Dr. Eileen Kennedy-Moore, Ph.D.
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Course Overview

We think of childhood as a carefree time, but child-size worries can loom large—for both parents and kids. From the tantrums of toddlerhood and the cliques of middle school to the online social world of teens, every child struggles at some point with anger, hurt feelings, and difficult friendship issues.

For parents, figuring out how to effectively support children's emotional and social development can be challenging. Should I give my two-year-old timeouts? How can I get my children to be kinder to each other? Is it OK for my middle-schooler to use Facebook?

How parents answer these and other questions can help children learn to cope with their feelings and build strong friendships. The skills needed to successfully navigate the classroom, the playground, sports teams, and family relationships are precisely the skills your child will need throughout life, both personally and professionally.

Whether you want to help your child learn how to manage anger, make new friends, resolve conflicts, or gain confidence, Raising Emotionally and Socially Healthy Kids provides you with practical, research-based strategies you can start using today.

Across 12 fascinating and insightful lectures, you’ll gain access to the same practical advice and actionable plans that Dr. Eileen Kennedy-Moore—an author and in-demand psychologist who serves on the advisory board for Parents magazine—shares with clients in her Princeton, New Jersey, practice. Drawing from the doctor’s extensive clinical experience—as well as her personal experience as a mother of four—you’ll gain a deeper understanding of your child’s development and how to compassionately address common stumbling blocks at every stage.

Whether you’re a new parent looking for a roadmap as you begin your journey; an experienced mother or father searching for advice on a thorny problem; or a grandparent, teacher, or childcare professional looking to educate yourself further; this course delivers the authoritative advice anyone can use.

You’ll discover

  • techniques to inspire cooperation;
  • ideas for instilling a sense of empathy;
  • ways to deal with back-talk and aggression;
  • strategies for helping kids make and keep friends; and
  • methods that help children cope with and conquer anxiety.

Even if your child has yet to encounter these particular problems, Raising Emotionally and Socially Healthy Kids will ensure that you’re better equipped to deal with a wide range of common childhood stumbling blocks.

Troubleshooting from Toddlers to Teens: Emotional Well- Being at Every Stage

In the first six lectures, you’ll focus on emotional intelligence and the pivotal role parents can play in helping children understand and cope with their feelings. You’ll come to see why emotion regulation can be difficult for young people, and gain simple and easy to implement strategies for managing the intense emotions and meltdowns of early childhood, as well as the everyday feelings of kids of all ages.

You’ll also find expert guidance on breaking the cycle of misbehavior and punishment in favor of more constructive ways of handling anger, from preventing outbursts before they strike to leading your child in collaborative problem solving. You may be surprised to learn that punishment can actually exacerbate aggression, and—contrary to popular belief—the punishment does not have to fit the crime.

These research-based strategies can be life-changing, whether you’re struggling with a Terrible Two, elementary-school sibling squabbles, or the sometimes dramatic “tantrums” of teens.

Help Your Child Make and Keep Friends

In the second half of the course, you’ll focus on social intelligence and the myriad challenges children face in making friends and maintaining friendships, plus practical ways you can guide them through the process. Dr. Kennedy-Moore says it’s impossible to overstate how important friendship is for children, citing research that shows when kids have even one close, reciprocal friend, they

  • have higher self-esteem;
  • feel less lonely;
  • hold more positive attitudes toward school;
  • cope better with stressful events; and
  • are less likely to be bullied.

From the self-centered friendships of preschoolers to the mature relationships of adolescents, you’ll learn how children’s understanding of what it means to be a friend evolves over time. You’ll take a serious look at play, which is crucial to forming and maintaining friendships, and explore how you can support your child in

  • getting along with others;
  • being a good sport;
  • handling conflicts;
  • dealing with bullying or putting a stop to their own bullying behavior; and
  • coping with gossip, cliques, and other aspects of peer group culture.

In the final lecture, you’ll delve into the highly relevant and uniquely challenging matter of friendship in the digital age, with a candid discussion of video game playing and the relatively new but troubling phenomena of cyberbullying and “Facebook depression.”

A Sensible, Practical, and Kind Approach

Dr. Kennedy-Moore’s expert knowledge and focus on practicality, coupled with her warmth and gentle humor make this course a delight. These fun and fascinating videos will give you the solution-oriented approach you need to help address your most pressing parenting concerns. You’ll learn how to help your child develop both competence and confidence in navigating the social world.

As a parent, you can’t make friends for your children, nor can you prevent them from ever feeling hurt or upset. But with Raising Emotionally and Socially Healthy Kids, you can support them in learning how to solve problems, cope with feelings, and build satisfying relationships.

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12 lectures
 |  Average 30 minutes each
  • 1
    Developing Your Child's Emotional Intelligence
    Parents can play a major role in helping or hindering childrenís development of emotional regulation skills. Consider the factors that make emotion regulation difficult for kids and learn techniques for teaching your children to understand and cope with their feelings, both in a ìmeltdownî situation and on an ongoing everyday basis. x
  • 2
    Anxiety-The Way Out Is Through
    Because it helps us focus on threats and avoid danger, fear is a necessary emotion. But when a childís responses to perceived threats are more intense, pervasive, and enduring than the situation warrants, anxiety can become a serious problem. Pick up practical ways you can help children learn to cope with the thoughts and behaviors that trigger and accompany anxiety, as well as anxietyís physical manifestations. x
  • 3
    How Kids Manage Anger-Positive Discipline
    Are timeouts productive? How should punishment be used, if at all? Learn how to respond constructively to children's anger and help kids learn to manage and communicate it in healthy, non-aggressive ways. Gain practical strategies for inspiring cooperation from kids of various ages and avoiding power struggles. x
  • 4
    Building Authentic Self-Esteem
    All the parental praise and cheerleading in the world wonít make a child develop authentic self-esteem. Discover the important developmental changes that occur in children's self-concepts over time, and how parents can support self-esteem at each stage. Then, take an in-depth look at the core components of authentic self-esteem at any age. x
  • 5
    Teaching Kids to Care-The Roots of Empathy
    Empathy involves more than just ìbeing nice.î Explore the three interwoven strands of empathyóaffective resonance, cognitive perspective taking, and motivation for compassionate behavior. Then, look closely at three more general ways of helping children develop empathy, including challenging empathy exceptions and giving kids a path forward when they behave in unkind ways. x
  • 6
    What Makes Kids Happy?
    Parents can't make their children happyówhat they can do is help them develop the skills and attitudes that contribute to happiness. Gain strategies for guiding and supporting kids in building a life that incorporates pleasure, engagement, and meaning, from teaching them how to relish positive experiences to helping them break free from perfectionism. x
  • 7
    How Children Make Friends
    Track the fascinating changes that happen in childrenís friendships, as they move from the simple ìlove the one youíre withî connections of young children, through the palling around of school-age children, to the intimate relationships of teens. Discover the three key ingredients of friendship formation and investigate ways to support your childís social development and pave the way for friendships to blossom. x
  • 8
    Playing Well with Others
    Explore the stages of how children learn to play: solitary, parallel, associative, and cooperative play. Witness the extraordinary variety of childrenís pretend play and understand its social and emotional importance. Dive into the research and learn what experts say about war games and roughhousing. Finally, take a look at games with rules and how to help your child handle winning and losing. x
  • 9
    Making Up and Breaking Up with Friends
    Arguments, misunderstandings, and hurt feelings are an unavoidable part of any relationship. Look at the reasons why children argue with friends, the methods through which they resolve their differences, and ways you can support your child as they go through the frustration and heartache of a conflict or breakup. x
  • 10
    Belonging, Status, Popularity, and Rejection
    What makes some kids popular? Why do some kids have trouble getting along? In this lecture, study the characteristics linked to four research-based categories of social status that children might fall into: well liked, controversial, neglected, and rejected. Explore the hidden risks of popularity and the role of gossip. x
  • 11
    Teasing and Bullying
    Kids can be very mean to each other. Learn about the long-term effects of bullying for both the target and the bully. Understand what distinguishes bullying from ordinary meanness and how bullying differs among boys and girls. Gain practical strategies to use if your child is the target of bullyingóor the one doing the bullying. x
  • 12
    Growing Up Social in the Digital Age
    Unlike previous generations, children today are growing up in a digital world. Discover the parallels between online and face-to-face behaviors and how anonymity (perceived or real) changes the bullying game. Reflect on the risky behaviors children engage in online and how parents can mitigate those risks and educate their children so they navigate the web safely and with kindness. x

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Eileen Kennedy-Moore, Ph.D.
Eileen Kennedy-Moore is an author and clinical psychologist who specializes in parenting and children’s feelings and friendships in her Princeton, NJ practice (license #35SI00425400). She earned her B.A. in Psychology from Northwestern University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Stony Brook University. Dr. Kennedy-Moore is the coauthor of two books for parents, Smart Parenting for Smart Kids:...
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Raising Emotionally and Socially Healthy Kids is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 25.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Informative I have listened to the lectures multiple times and as the children get older there are lectures relevent to their ages. Recommended and easy to listen to and follow.
Date published: 2018-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A very good course I like the course because the instructor provides examples and points to research to support her comments. Pointing to research might seemed boring to some listeners. However, knowing that her comments are based on research, clinical and personal applications makes the course valuable and worth your time.You will have many "aha" moments about childhood behavior and learn technique for handling everyday development issues.
Date published: 2018-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Start using information immediately Plenty of examples and ways to help children grow up with behaviors that will keep them well grounded and focused. I needed help with my grandson and his anger issues. I learned so much about how kids' minds work. Small adjustments on my part resulted in big changes on his part. He is developing a collection of coping skills that will help him for years to come. Thanks for this quick course packed full of valuable tips and techniques!
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent for shy people The professor tells you why some kids will not try team games and how to change their resolve. Also, unique strategy regarding aggression as a coping behavior.
Date published: 2017-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenomenal title This is an exceptional course. I really enjoyed the course. The instructor did a great job of presenting the material in a way that keeps your interest. I have 4 kids of 6, 7, 12, 17 and I was having trouble with them because of the age difference. The course taught me how to handle different problems and I have used her suggestions immediately and believe me when I say I had positive responses from my kids.
Date published: 2017-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I am very Happy with this Raising Emotionally and Socially Healthy Kids. it give me insides to how I can help children that I work with and have a better understanding.
Date published: 2017-03-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quite supportive I believe, it provides practical and supportive info, that helps for happy childhood and future life of our children. Some very simple approaches known but not implemented or forgotten are described clearly Thanks.
Date published: 2016-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent course Very helpful and practical concepts with easy to understand applications. Quite comprehensive
Date published: 2016-09-14
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