Using Active Listening When Adolescents Speak

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

After getting home from work, a mother asks her teenage daughter how her day went. Her daughter mumbles about the day going fine. The mother follows-up with a couple of more questions about homework and gets some more vague answers. Since it has been a long day and communication with her daughter doesn’t seem to be happening, the mother goes on with the rest of…

Encouraging Kids to Be Optimistic

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“Everything that I do ends up being bad!” choked out the girl in between sobs. “There, there”, said her mother, “not everything was bad today.” “It was too! Bad things always happen to me”, sobbed the girl. Many parents have had a similar exchange with their children. Most of the time, children are resilient and bounce back quickly the next day. However, the tendency to…

Treating Kids’ Sunburns

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“Mommy, my skin hurts,” says the six year old boy. His mother looks at her son and realizes that she forgot to have him put on sunscreen before he came outside. Now he has been out in the sun for the past three hours and looks as red as a lobster! While parents do their best to make sure their children do not get too…

Parents Need to Talk to Their Babies

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“Come quick, I think he is about to say it again!” said the father as he frantically gestured for his wife to come by the baby. The baby boy looked up at both is parents and said, “Da-da”. Both parents looked excitedly at each other and in unison said, “His first word!” Many infants say their first word around six months of age. However, the…