Eileen Kennedy-Moore gets 24/7 feedback about the importance of parents paying attention to children. As a psychologist, she spends her professional life on this issue. As a parent, she has four children between preschool and middle school, so she gets plenty of opportunity to practice what she preaches.
In fact, What About Me? 12 Ways to Get Your Parents’ Attention (Without Hitting Your Sister) was inspired by her own son, who as a 4-year-old competed with sisters for attention. To show him how kindness and helpfulness were the best ways to get noticed, Dr. Kennedy-Moore started jotting down ways to get attention that eventually developed into What About Me.
A long-time East Coast resident, the author spent her girlhood rotating between the Midwest, South America and Europe. Her father’s work with a multinational consulting firm sent Dr. Kennedy-Moore’s family to Lima, Peru for three years when she was a preschooler and then, after an assignment in the U.S., off to Madrid for five more years. She returned to the Chicago area for high school and earned her undergraduate degree at Northwestern University and her graduate degrees at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Dr. Kennedy-Moore has been writing for what seems like forever, starting with long letters home to childhood friends when she was abroad. Her first professional writing was published in 1991 and she now has almost a dozen credits to her name. Her pieces are well-respected: about Expressing Emotions: Myths, Realities, and Therapeutic Strategies, written with a colleague for mental health professionals, one reviewer said, “Their writing style is clear and concise without the hyperbole and obfuscation with which some authors try to impress their readers.” The more recent child guidance book, The Unwritten Rules of Friendship, was praised by Publishers Weekly, which noted that few parenting guides discuss kids’ social problems. What About Me?, her first children’s book, is a gentle story about a little boy hungry for attention. Dr. Kennedy-Moore’s text and the exquisitely detailed illustrations by Mits Katayama show children the best ways to be recognized by family and friends.
What About Me?