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…

Traveling with Kids on the Holidays

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“Stop touching my stuff! I told you I don’t like that,” shouted the sister to her brother. “I didn’t touch your stuff, you are just trying to get me trouble,” shouted back the brother. The mother turned around in her seat and said, “Would you two stop it! Both of you fighting is making this trip harder than it has to be.” Many parents have…

Using Family Pictures to Teach Storytelling

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The mother and her three year old son were huddled on the couch and looking at pictures of the family’s summer vacation at the beach. “Oh, this is a good one. You were just finishing your ice cream sandwich when your brother started chasing you with the hose,” said the mother. Her son looked at her expectantly and asked, “What happened next mom?” The simple…