Welcome to Open Door for Parents

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The American Academy of Pediatrics, the Children's Hospital Association, and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry have declared children’s mental health a national emergency.

I see this crisis very directly in my clinical psychology practice. Every day, I get calls from people who want to talk to a psychologist, but there are physical limits to how many people I can see in my practice. It hurts my heart to have to turn people away.

With all of that in mind, I'm offering Open Door for Parents.

What is Open Door for Parents about?

Open Door for Parents is an online resource for parents, about children’s feelings, friendships, and mental health. 

Open Door for Parents is welcoming. You’ll find practical ideas for helping your child that are realistic and don’t require you to be a perfect parent with nothing else going on in your life.  

Open Door for Parents is about connection and community. I’ll share what I know from psychology research, my clinical work, and my personal experience as a mom of four, and I hope you’ll chime in with comments about what’s worked for you. 

Open Door for Parents is mostly about possibility because our kids are learning and growing and so are we.  

I hope you’ll work with me to build something meaningful and useful together.

What does Open Door for Parents involve?

  1. Every other week or so, I’ll post on topics related to children’s feelings and friendships.

  2. On Saturdays, I’ll post an episode of my mini-podcast, Kids Ask Dr. Friendastic. Each episode is 5 minutes or less and features a recording of a question about friendship from a kid, plus my answer. Subscribers get the episodes first, along with a transcript and discussion questions.

  3. Periodically, I’ll host either a webinar or an online conversation hour about a specific topic. (These will be paid events. Recordings will be available if you can’t attend the live event.) Click HERE to see webinars.

Free subscribers will get new posts sent to their email.

Paid subscribers will get additional posts plus access to the full archive and invitations to paid-subscriber-only online Q&A webinars (+recording).

My gift for you

To thank you for subscribing to Open Door for Parents, I’d like to give you three free mini-guides for parents. Sign up below to receive them. These e-books offer 10 quick tips to use immediately or longer term:

  • When Your Child…Says, “Nobody Like Me”

  • When Your Child…Cries Easily

  • When Your Child…Gets Bullied

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Some Practical Matters

Obviously, Open Door for Parents is NOT psychotherapy. It's for educational purposes only about important topics facing families. The ideas mentioned by me or other community members may or may not be relevant for your particular situation.

I trust you to use your judgement about what makes sense for your child and your family and to consult your physician or a mental health provider, if needed, about very serious or complicated situations.

If you want to know more about me, go to EileenKennedyMoore.com or DrFriendtastic.com (for kids).

Warm wishes,

Check out my books for parents and kids:

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Eileen Kennedy-Moore, PhD
I'm an author, psychologist, & mom of 4, based in Princeton, NJ. I write about parenting & children's feelings & friendships. Recent books: Moody Moody Cars, Growing Friendships, Kid Confidence. EileenKennedyMoore.com, DrFriendtastic.com (for kids).