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Start Young to Teach Children How to Get Along Well with Other Kids.
A New Book with All the Skills Parents (and Kids) Need

Parents have lots to teach young children about getting along with their peers. In today's society, an increasing number of children are having difficulty making friends and being a good friend.  So parents want to know why this is happening and how to prevent this problem. What can they do if other kids ignore their children, or are mean to them or reject them? And what if their kids annoy others or boss them  around?  How can parents most effectively teach the necessary social skills?

The unique new book I Want To Make Friends focuses on youngsters three to six years old, explaining why these problems happen, exactly how to intervene, and what you can change in your parenting that will help your child become socially considerate,  make friends, and be a friend. The book helps parents understand what to do when their kids are bossy, annoying, or aggressive, or  reserved, self-conscious, or thin-skinned. I Want To Make Friends provides real-life examples and the effective words and strategies you can use with your child if he has these issues, as well as if his playmate does.

This all-in-one book by Annye Rothenberg, Ph.D., San Francisco Bay Area child/parent psychologist, teaches youngsters and parents. The book combines a realistic story for children with a comprehensive manual for parents. Dr. Rothenberg has successfully counseled hundreds of families whose children have the typical challenges in making friends. In this book, she shares the knowledge she has gained from more than 25 years of professional experience and from being a mother.

The story for children tells about Zachary, who wants the kids at his preschool to do what he says. He thinks his ideas are better than everyone else's. In his preschool, Zachary learns how that bothers the kids and why they don't want to be friends with him. With the help of his teachers and the changes his parents make at home with Zachary, he learns how to treat other children so he is liked and becomes a good friend.

The parents' section provides a comprehensive set of tools so you can guide your children in building friendships and handling difficulties:

  • How to teach your child to share and take turns.
  • What you can teach your child about being considerate in your time with him – even when no friends are over.
  • How to guide the children during a playdate.
  • What to do when your child's playmate is difficult to deal with.
  • What to do if your child is bossy with her friends.
  • What to do if your child is annoying and teasing other kids, or if he's physically aggressive.
  • What to do when your child says, “No one wants to play with me.”
  • And what to do if your child is very reserved and thin-skinned.
  • What are the essentials if you have an only child so he can get more comfortable with peers?
  • What to do if your children treat each other in negative ways that carry over to their peer relationships.

All parents want their children to have friends, be good friends, and have a lifetime of good relationships with others. This book will show you how to teach your child the essential social skills as well as how to get through the hard times.

Dr. Rothenberg is one of the Bay Area's leading experts in parenting guidance emphasizing young children's development and behavior. An adjunct clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine, she is a frequent speaker to groups of parents, teachers, and pediatricians. Her professional visits to families in their homes have helped her observe the variety of ways parents guide their children as well as the children's likely reactions.

Dr. Rothenberg is also the author of four other all-in-one books in her parent/young-child series: Mommy And Daddy Are Always Supposed To Say Yes … Aren't They? (2007), Why Do I Have To? (2008), I Like To Eat Treats (2010), and I Don't Want To Go To The Toilet (2011).

The first book teaches parents (and kids) how much choice and say young children should have so they don't become overly entitled and self-centered. The second book teaches about rules and how to get young children to cooperate with their parents, including using new and more effective, age-appropriate consequences. The third book excites children about healthy eating and provides essential information to parents about the common eating issues. The fourth helps children be willing to stop playing to go peepee in the toilet as well as not to be afraid to go poop in the toilet. Its guidance is useful for parents whose children are uninterested, resistant, and/or fearful about toilet training

I Want To Make Friends
First edition, 48 pages, full color illustrations, 8”x10” quality paperback.
ISBN 978-0-9790420-4-1
LC 2011919081
Publication date: May 2012
Publisher: Perfecting Parenting Press

High resolution images of the cover for each book are available at

To reach Dr. Annye Rothenberg, call (650) 364-4466

These books can be ordered for $9.95 each from online, or by phone, fax, or mail. The books can also be ordered at

Perfecting Parenting Press 2015