Anxiety and Depression in Teenage Girls

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

Both the mother and father had noticed that their teenage daughter had slowly been withdrawing from various activities that she had enjoyed. First she quit the soccer team and now the academic team. She no longer asked to go out with her friends on the weekend and it was all her parents could do to get her out of the house. When her parents asked…

Face Time During Meal Time

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

A father and daughter go out to a restaurant for lunch. They sit down in a booth and both quietly slip out their cell phones and start texting and checking e-mail. This continues until the waitress comes to take their order. Another 20 minutes go by as silence envelops the table. It is not until the food comes that an actual face-to-face conversation starts between…

Prioritize Face Time Not Screen Time for Toddlers

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The mom quickly tosses in a load of laundry while preparing her toddler daughter’s breakfast. After feeding and cleaning up her toddler’s breakfast, the mom engages in a search for the toddler’s pacifier. All the while, the mom’s thinking about all of the chores that need to still be completed around the house. Once the pacifier is found, it is quickly cleaned and put in…

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