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How to Make and Keep Friends Book Series
– Co-authored by Nadine Briggs


All of our books can be purchased on Amazon by clicking the book title or photo.
Tips for Kids to Overcome
50 Common Social Challenges
This best-selling friendship book includes an explanation for kids of “why” learning each one of these social skills is essential along with practice questions to inspire discussion and role-playing of different social situations. Included are simple and immediately actionable tips to navigate common social situations that can be challenging, such as:
  • How to join a group
  • How to safely handle angry feelings
  • Handling rejection and exclusion
  • Working things out & sharing fairly
  • Being a good guest and host
  • Playground success
  • … and much more
Helping Your Child Achieve
Social Success
Helping Your Child Achieve Social Success is a how-to manual for parents of children with social challenges. The easy-to-read format clearly outlines common barriers that hinder friendships, provides actionable tips for overcoming those barriers, and includes suggested language for parents to use to provide support to their kids during unstructured social interactions.
Parents play a key role in the formation of friendships. How to Make and Keep Friends: Helping Your Child Achieve Social Success shows parents how to guide their children toward true and meaningful friendship connections. We have used these coaching tips successfully for many years. In this companion to our book for children, we share our easy-to-implement techniques for coaching kids toward attaining, sustaining, and generalizing improved social skills, including real-life stories of how these same tips have been effective with children attending our social skills programs.
Tips for Teens on Life and
Social Success
Being a teenager isn’t always easy, and navigating friendships and relationships can be especially difficult for some teens. Our goal in writing this third book in our friendship series was to help make the social journey through the teenage years an easier one. This time in life can feel both exciting and difficult. There are some challenges that every teen experiences. Sometimes a teen needs a little support or advice. We had teens help us with writing the tips in this book.
This book builds on the tips that we talked about in our Amazon best-selling book for younger kids. For tweens or younger teens, the end of our first book and the beginning of this one will be the right developmental combination of tips. The book is meant to be used as a reference guide. We did not intend for it to be read cover to cover. Teens can easily flip to the section they want to know more about and read only the parts that will be interesting and helpful them as an individual or for a specific situation. There is a total of 500 immediately actionable tips for teens to use.
I Feel Mad: Tips for Kids on
Managing Angry Feelings
The I Feel Mad anger workbook provides simple, actionable, and proven strategies to help kids manage anger and help angry feelings. In this workbook, your child will learn:
  • The anger rule to follow and what he or she can or cannot do when he or she is feeling angry
  • That anger is a normal emotion we all have, but managing anger appropriately is a critical life skill
  • How to identify the physical sensations of anger and implement strategies before it becomes too hot to handle
  • A menu of safe strategies to choose from when angry situations arise
  • Effective problem-solving skills and specific reactions to replace an angry response
I Feel Mad is written at a 3rd-grade reading level. Younger children can easily access the content with parent support, and some older children (up through 5th grade) have found the workbook to be a helpful tool for coping with strong feelings.
I Feel Worried!
Tips for Kids on Managing Angry Feelings
The I Feel Worried workbook provides simple, actionable, and proven tips to help kids manage anxious feelings. In this workbook, your child will learn:
  • That anxiety is a normal and sometimes necessary emotion we all experience
  • How to understand and label feelings
  • How to identify the physical sensations of anxiety and implement strategies before the fear becomes too strong
  • Calming exercises to choose when anxiety-provoking situations arise
  • Effective coping skills and specific strategies to manage anxiety
  • That he or she has the power to overcome anxious thoughts and become an expert worry ninja
The important thing is, you really should not let the worries win. You may not feel as though you are stronger than your worries, but you really and truly are!
I Need to Win! Tips for Kids on Good Sportsmanship
Good sportsmanship is key to making and keeping friends, but for children who struggle with competitiveness, poor sportsmanship can negatively affect friendships. Kids need the tools to know how to manage winning, losing, and general competition. Without these skills, they will find it difficult to make and keep friends and participate in team activities.
I Need to Win! Tips for Kids on Good Sportsmanship teaches elementary school readers how to balance competitiveness with good sportsmanship. The book, published in a workbook format, is a self-help guide to learning sportsmanship skills. We discuss that being competitive is not a bad thing and can be expected in certain situations. Kids need to learn and keep in mind the tips and strategies to keep the gameplay from getting too competitive when it’s just for fun.
The workbook presents a variety of takeaway tips, ideas, and activities in ordinary, everyday language. We include simple and easy-to-implement phrases that parents, coaches, teachers, counselors, and other adults that work with children can use to help them manage competitiveness.
Bully Busting & Managing Meanies: Tips for Kids on Managing Conflict
Bullying is a serious and complex problem that touches the lives of nearly all children, some as victims of bullying, some as the bullies, and some as the bystanders who do not know how to help. Bullying is difficult to prevent, and children need support in learning how to protect themselves when mean or bullying situations arise. The workbook offers ways for children to become more “bully-proof.” Using our easy-to-read and interactive guide, kids will learn:
  • The distinct differences between bullying and conflict
  • How reactions and responses to conflict and meanness matter
  • Steps on how to build self-confidence and defend themselves
  • How and when to ask for help from an adult
  • What to do if they see other kids being mean to someone
  • Tips on how to get along and make recess more fun
The full-color, beautifully illustrated workbook also includes questions, quizzes, and scenarios for discussion and practice.

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