Parents Lose with Empty Threats

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The family van has been rolling down the highway for the past five hours. Mom and Dad are in the front seat and their two children are in the back seat. By this point in the trip, the kids are starting to get antsy. It starts with a slight poke by the sister quickly followed by a punch in the shoulder from the brother. The…

Power of Anonymity for Teens Online

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“I lied to my friend when she asked if I was interested in her boyfriend. In fact, her boyfriend and I have already been out on two dates!” wrote an anonymous teen online. Anonymous confessions and other communication are becoming increasingly common as teenagers are flocking to a range of websites and apps that allow for teens to communicate anonymously with each other. The trend…

Lessening Impact of Divorce on Kids

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The arguing and strife had a reached a climax and the decision had finally been made by the boy’s parents to get a divorce. Divorce occurs in roughly 40% of all marriages and many divorcing couples have children. The impact of divorce on children can be incredibly disruptive and it can take children years to fully recover. There are several steps that parents can utilize…

Changes that Occur in Teens’ Cognition

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

It seems to happen almost overnight. One day parents are sitting down helping their child learn to read and do basic math problems. The next day, the child is explaining to her parents how to do algebra and the finer points of the scientific process. Something has obviously changed but what exactly has changed regarding adolescent cognition is more of a mystery. Underlying adolescent changes in…