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  • Dr. Eileen Kennedy-Moore is a New Jersey psychologist who frequently works with and speaks on issues about gifted children.  Here is her latest newsletter:

    Growing Friendships Newsletter
    September 2015
    NEW on Psychology Today...
    The Truth About Violent Video Games and Kids

    Fans insist, "I've played hundreds of hours of violent video games and haven't murdered anyone!" But anyone who has ever felt excited, tense, or frustrated while playing a video game has been "affected" by them. Does this translate into meaningful real-life outcomes? Part 1 of this blog post explains what parents should know about the effects--and noneffects--of violent video games.

    If you're the type of person who tends to cover your eyes during the violent scenes in a movie, and you cringe at violent slapstick humor, it may be hard to imagine why anyone would want to play violent video games, but their popularity is undeniable. How can we understand the appeal of violent video games for kids, and how should parents respond?

    NEW on PBS Parents...
    Teach Your Child to Love Learning

    There are few things more aggravating to parents than a kid who "doesn't try." Here are keys to helping your child find motivation--even for tasks that aren't fun.

    In case you missed them...
    Links to earlier blog posts by Dr. Eileen Kennedy-Moore:  
    FEATURED this month...
    by Eileen Kennedy-Moore
    (The Great Courses audio/video series)

    Have you ever wanted a parenting course you could do at YOUR convenience?
    Check out this fun and fascinating audio/video series on children's feelings and friendships. Twelve engaging half-hour lectures are filled with true-to-life examples, research-based tips, and do-able parenting solutions. Listen to them in the car or watch them while you exercise. You'll come away with a deeper understanding of your child's emotional and social development, from the toddler years to the teen years, as well as useful ways to address common stumbling blocks.

    Topics include: 
    - Teaching Kids to Care
    - Developing Genuine Self-Esteem
    - How Kids Manage Anxiety and Anger
    - Playing Well With Others
    - Growing Up Social in the Digital Age
    Dr. Kennedy-Moore's insight and genuine compassion for children and parents shine through her wise advice.
    - Michele Borba, author of The Big Book of Parenting Solutions 


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