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What you will—and won't—find in this podcast.
With real-life scenarios presented by young listeners, Kids Ask Dr. Friendtastic offers a new social-emotional lesson in each episode. Such topics include how to establish boundaries with a friend, why a friend might not be truthful, and what might be a good gift idea for a friend.
Kindness is the key to friendship. Everyone deserves to be treated with respect. People may not realize how their words and actions affect others, and it's important to know when to speak up and stand your ground. Listening to the concerns of your peers is just as important as knowing when you need to express yourself. Good boundaries help friendships.
Positive Role Models
The young listeners who submit questions to the podcast consistently pose challenging questions in open-hearted and curious ways. Dr. Kennedy-Moore is a top-notch listener, offering warm, compassionate, and thorough explanations and advice kids can immediately apply to their lives.
The kids who pose each episode's question appear to come from a variety of backgrounds, but the questions Dr. Kennedy-Moore addresses are more focused on universal experiences than the diversity of the kids sharing theirs. There's positive and respectful interactions between kids and adults, with kids' questions and opinions valued and respected.
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Violence & Scariness
Some episodes touch on topics such as bullying, accompanied by mild expressions of worry from kids.
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Bullying, name-calling, and even rude comments about a person's skin color and religion are among the topics Dr. Kennedy-Moore addresses.
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Products & Purchases
At the end of each episode, Dr. Kennedy-Moore promotes her other projects, such as her books, which can be purchased.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Kids Ask Dr. Friendtastic empowers curiosity as Dr. Eileen Kennedy-Moore -- also known as "Dr. Friendtastic" -- offers honest responses to kid-submitted questions. In every episode she plays a message from a child -- usually between the ages of six and 13 -- on topics such as how to be a good friend, dealing with peer pressure, and facing friendship challenges. These episodes can offer great conversation starters for parents and kids and the content of this podcast comes from a trusted expert. Some episodes deal with more difficult topics like bullying, name calling and teasing others because of how they look. Dr. Kennedy-Moore helps give kids a sense of comfort and confidence, guiding them through situations many kids can relate to. Developing strong communication and trust between kids and adults is a major theme throughout this podcast.
Is It Any Good?
Kids Ask Dr. Friendastic reassures young listeners that the social issues they face among their peers are common concerns, and Dr. Eileen Kennedy-Moore offers advice they can use to take positive action. What makes the podcast so easy to recommend is the warmth and compassion Dr. Kennedy-Moore brings to her feedback. She breaks down concepts such as social boundaries and bullying for young listeners. She also helps kids understand why they feel the way they do, oftentimes guiding them to empathize with why other kids might be saying or doing the things that they are. This open communication can have a lasting impact on how kids relate to one another. The gentle approach and expert advice make Kids Ask Dr. Friendtastic worth a listen for any household with school-age children.
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