Just a Little More Sleep for Teens

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The alarm on the teen’s phone has gone off four times already. His mother has yelled down the hallway twice for him to get up and get ready for school. Yet the teen remains in bed, trying to squeeze in a couple more minutes of shut eye. Many parents wonder what happened to that bright-eyed little child who used to be the one that woke…

Effect of Various Childhood Trauma on Children’s Behavior

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The four year old boy heard the arguing and started scanning for a place to hide. Whenever his mother started arguing with her boyfriend, it wouldn’t be long before she came looking for him. The bruises had finally started to fade from the last time his mother hit him. The boy crept under his bed and constantly scanned the room for his mother’s approach. He…

An Ounce of Communication is Worth a Pound of Yelling

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The first nine weeks of school arrives and the report card comes home. Mom opens her child’s report card to find that her little Einstein is failing a class and barely passing a couple of others. When she shows the report to the boy, he says, “My teacher is horrible. She never explains anything and just says I should get it!” This is all that…

Teasing and Bullying in Grade School

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The mother had a sense something was wrong when her second grader came home from school and threw his backpack angrily into a corner. She gently encouraged him to tell her what was wrong. Her son said, “Billy said I was the slowest kid in class in getting my math done even though I am not. He is just a big bully. I hate Billy.”…

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