Parents, Teachers, and Other Adults

Books by Eileen Kennedy-Moore, PhD, for kids and parents children's feelings and friendships.


As a mom of four, and a clinical psychologist, I know that having good friends matters to kids--a lot. But it’s not always easy to make or keep friends!

I created because I want kids to have information about friendships that’s fun, interesting, and useful. The tone of the website is playful, but the topic is vitally important. I hope you and your kid(s) enjoy this site!

I also have many resources for parents. The Dr. Friendtastic Newsletter for Parents features Q&A posts about children's feelings and friendships PLUS you'll get episodes of my podcast for children, Kids Ask Dr. Friendtastic, send directly to your email. You can see past newsletters here:


Subscribe HERE and, as my gift to you, you'll also receive 3 FREE E-BOOKS:

  • When Your Child Says, "Nobody Likes Me"
  • When Your Child Cries Easily
  • When Your Child Gets Bullied


Also, be sure to check out my live and recorded WEBINARS plus BOOKS for parents and kids.

Warm wishes,

Eileen Kennedy-Moore, PhD

Dr Eileen

Featured Books

Growing Friendships:

A Kids' Guide To Making and Keeping Friends

Available on Amazon and wherever books are sold.

Growing Friendships: A Kids’ Guide to Making and Keeping Friends (Beyond Words/Simon & Schuster, for ages 6-12), features cartoon vignettes about common friendship challenges and a narrator who explains what's happening and offers (research-based) tips about what kids can do. The stars of the book are a cat and dog character who wander through the text making goofy suggestions along the lines of: "He should sniff their butts!"

Moody Moody Cars - 2-min. author interview

Available on Amazon and wherever books are sold. Get your FREE EDUCATOR GUIDE

Cars have feelings! Or at least some look like they do! Moody Moody Cars (Magination Press, for ages 4-8) shows classic cars expressing a range of feelings, from excited to angry, to help kids learn to understand and communicate about emotions.

Dr. Friendtastic Videos - Quick Friendship Tips to Help Your Child

These 2-minute videos provide parents with quick tips to help children make and keep friends.

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"Official" Bio

Eileen Kennedy-Moore, PhD, (aka "Dr. Friendtastic") is an internationally published author, psychologist, and mom of four. Her recent books for children are Moody Moody Cars, Growing Feelings: A Kids' Guide to Dealing with Emotions about Friends and Other Kids, and Growing Friendships: A Kids’ Guide to Making and Keeping Friends. She is the author or co-author of four books for parents: Kid ConfidenceSmart Parenting for Smart KidsThe Unwritten Rules of Friendship, and What’s My Child Thinking? Her books have been translated into ten languages. She is also the professor for The Great Courses/Wondrium audio/video series, Raising Emotionally and Socially Healthy Kids.

She is the creator of a podcast for children, Kids Ask Dr. Friendtastic.

A trusted expert on parenting and child development, Dr. Kennedy-Moore has been a featured guest on Live with Kelly and Ryan, The TODAY Show, and Good Day Philadelphia as well as dozens of major radio shows and podcasts. She has been interviewed and quoted in numerous newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, Real SimpleWorking Mother, and Woman’s Day. She is the creator of Open Door for Parents, which features 2-minute videos for parents about children's feelings and friendships, and, which offers friendship advice for kids. Her blog, Growing Friendships, on Psychology Today has over 4.9 million views.

Dr. Kennedy-Moore has a clinical psychology practice in Princeton, NJ, where she works with adults, children, and families (NJ License #35SI00425400). She frequently speaks at schools, conferences, and corporations about parenting and child development. She and her husband have four grown children.

Main Website

Kids Ask Dr. Friendtastic podcast 

Video Course for parents from The Great Courses