Bad Vibrations Create Cranky Teens

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

Janine has been asleep for the past couple of hours when there is a strange buzzing sound that is coming from her night table. Janine wakes up in a fog and habitually reaches for the buzzing object. The adrenaline begins to surge through her body as it recognizes that familiar buzz as the cell phone going off. Janine snaps on her phone and is temporarily…

Homeschool Teens and Risky Behavior

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

This episode focuses on the status of homeschooled adolescents and their engagement in risky behaviors. We are featuring a journal article this week titled Homeschooled adolescents in the United States. The author noted how public schools have broadened their mission beyond academics to also address risk behaviors such as substance use, delinquency, and socialization problems. However, adolescents who are homeschooled do not receive such interventions.…

Graduating to Independence

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The parents, grandparents, and relatives are all sitting in the bleachers watching with pride as the young woman walks across the stage to accept her high school diploma. As the graduation speaker begins the keynote address, many parents reflect on the job they have done in helping their children grow up and become adults. They may also wonder what the future has in store for…

New Year’s Focus on the Importance of Friends

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

As the clock finishes striking 12 and the ball has dropped in Times Square, a new year begins. Almost immediately after the grand occasion people start to sing Auld Lang Syne.   The song starts, “Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind?” The song goes on to focus on the importance of friendships from long ago and draw attention to current friends.…