Young Children and Their Friendships

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

A little girl breathlessly runs up to her mother in the park and says, “I just made my new best friend!” The mother is very happy for her daughter and asks several follow-up questions like, “What’s your friend’s name?” and “Does she live around here?” Her daughter just says, “I don’t know” to each question but then adds, “We were both playing in the sandbox…

Parents Need to Talk to Their Babies

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“Come quick, I think he is about to say it again!” said the father as he frantically gestured for his wife to come by the baby. The baby boy looked up at both is parents and said, “Da-da”. Both parents looked excitedly at each other and in unison said, “His first word!” Many infants say their first word around six months of age. However, the…

Monitoring Kids in Digital Age

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

A ping goes off as the mother glances down at her smart phone and notices that her son just lost a behavior point in his class. She makes a mental note to talk him about it when he gets home from school. Later in the day, while the mother is waiting in line, she checks to see what her son had to eat at school.…

Fear of Thunderstorms

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The winds had picked up and the sky had darkened quickly. In the distance, lightning bolts could be seen crackling across the sky. Then a loud BOOM followed by a low rumble filled the house as the splat of raindrops hitting the window could be heard. The little girl looked around in a panic. “The storm is coming. We need to hide!” shrieked the little…