Talking to Teens About Substance Use

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“Go ahead, it just relaxes you and makes everything seem alright” said the teen as he passed the joint to another teen. The other teen looked at the joint reluctantly and then said, “I would, but my parents would totally freak out. You don’t understand how dead I would be if they ever found out.” The teen got up to go to another part of…

Kids Need to Eat Breakfast

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The house is alive with a flurry of activity. A young girl is quickly shoving papers into a backpack while her mother is finding her car keys. The girl’s brother still looks slightly dazed as he finishes putting on his clothes while his father exhorts him to get ready to go. In a short-time, the bus arrives to pick up the children and the parents…

The Terrible Twos and Temper Tantrums

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The father could see it coming. His two year old daughter was already starting to turn red in her face and her hands began to ball up into little fists. Soon his daughter began screaming “No!” at a full, high pitched volume. At the same time, tears came streaming down her face. The father knew he had lost his daughter and that there was no…

Going Trick or Treating with Kids

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“I am going to get so much candy this year. We need to make sure to go to our neighbor’s house first as they always give away a lot of candy,” said the eight year old boy. His four year old sister responded, “Do they really give all that candy? I am scared of that house. They have all those witches and gravestones around it.”…

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