Creating the Family Christmas Letter

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

As the Christmas and holiday season is underway, people start receiving cards from friends and family wishing them well. These letters often include photos of the family and maybe a brief note giving an update on what has been happening over the past year. Unfortunately the tradition of sending cards to friends and family has been fading in recent years. The advent of social media…

Power of Play in the Summer

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

After a long school year, children anxiously await the opportunity to do whatever they want to do in that magical time called summer. Summertime is when life slows down a bit and there is no homework and fewer scheduled activities. Summer is the perfect time for play. However, play is often viewed as frivolous and a waste of time. Many well intentioned parents sign their…

Ensuring Children Develop a Habit Brushing Teeth

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“Are you sure you brushed your teeth?” the father asked his son. His son solemnly nodded. His father said, “Let me smell your breath.” The son obligingly opened his mouth. Finally, the father said, “I need to check and see if your toothbrush is wet.” This type of exchange happens in many households as children often do not brush their teeth, even when told to…