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…

Time for Back to School Check-Ups

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

As the start of the school year comes, it is time for children and adolescents to get their annual check-ups. Most families make the trip to their pediatrician prior to school to get sports physicals or various vaccinations that schools require. The benefits of annual well-child check-ups go beyond meeting school’s requirements. The check-up is part of establishing a medical home for the child or…

Even Preschoolers Get the Blues

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

By Dan Florell, Ph.D. & Praveena Salins, M.D.  “Who didn’t put away the cookies?” the mother asked. Four year old Tammy started crying and said, “I did mommy. I am so sorry. It is all my fault. I will never ever do that again! I’m just so stupid!” Tammy’s mother calmed Tammy down and reassured her that she wasn’t in trouble. The excessive guilt shown…

Lessening Impact of Divorce on Kids

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The arguing and strife had a reached a climax and the decision had finally been made by the boy’s parents to get a divorce. Divorce occurs in roughly 40% of all marriages and many divorcing couples have children. The impact of divorce on children can be incredibly disruptive and it can take children years to fully recover. There are several steps that parents can utilize…

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