Starting Kids Off Right

How To Raise Confident Children Who Can Make Friends And Build Healthy Relationships
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Psychologists show parents and teachers how to help children develop richer and more successful relationships.
Price: $16.95
  • ISBN: 9781561454471
  • Publication date: 10/01/2008
  • Page Count: 224
  • Size: 7" x 9"
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Psychologists show parents and teachers how to help children develop richer and more successful relationships.

Few things cause parents more worry than whether their children have friends and are well integrated into their social communities. While some kids seem to relate to others and make friends easily, others have more difficulty. A small number of children remain friendless or struggle to make and keep friends.

In Starting Kids Off Right, clinical psychologists Stephen Nowicki, Marshall Duke, and Amy Van Buren offer parents, teachers, and caregivers insights—gathered from decades of professional experience—into the hows and whys of relationship building from infancy up to the age of twelve. Written in easy-to-understand, jargon-free language, the book begins with overviews of social development, human relationship theory, and the role of nonverbal language in forming relationships. The book is then broken down into chapters by developmental stages: infancy (birth to two years), childhood (two to five years), and juvenile era (five to ten years).

Within each section the authors look at the expectations and opportunities—as well as special challenges—of building, deepening, and keeping relationships at every stage of child development. To make the text even more accessible, they have included numerous illustrative scenarios and exercises called “parent skill builders.” The result is an easy-to-use guide that clearly demonstrates techniques for assessing a child’s strengths and weaknesses in developing relationships. It shows parents how to start kids off right with healthy relationship-building skills, as well as how to help their children become more confident in using those skills as they mature.


Stephen Nowicki


Stephen Nowicki Jr., PhD, is the author of over 150 publications and presentations and the coauthor of several books. He received his PhD from Purdue University and lives in Georgia.

Marshall P. Duke


Marshall P. Duke, PhD, holds degrees from Rutgers University and Indiana University. He is Charles Howard Candler Professor of Personality and Psychopathology at Emory University. He has published over fifty scholarly articles and coauthored several books, including Starting Kids Off Right. He lives in Georgia.

Amy Van Buren


Amy Van Buren, PhD, holds degrees from Williams College and Emory University. She is an associate professor of psychology at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut. She has published articles on nonverbal behavior, attachment in adults and children, and interpersonal relationships.


“…refreshingly free from jargon…” ―Washington Parent Magazine

Books By Stephen Nowicki & Marshall P. Duke & Amy Van Buren