Children Learning to Communicate When Stressed

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The boy’s face started turning beet red and his fists became clinched. He thought how unfair it was that he was not able go out with his friends and instead having to stay home. Rather than calmly discussing the situation, the boy began to scream at his parents. Children frequently struggle in being able to express themselves appropriately when they are stressed. The source of…

Tortoise vs Hare Style Parenting

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The race was a hotly anticipated one of the tortoise versus the hare. The hare looked very good and quite fast. The tortoise looked plain, slow, and generally boring. The hare was the crowd favorite and as soon as the pistol sounded, the hare tore out of the starting gate to develop a large lead while the tortoise slowly started forward. The hare, however, saw…

Have Teens Make Room for Sleep

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“I only got four hours of sleep last night because I was cramming for the exam today,” said Matt to one of his teenage friends. “Oh yeah, I just got a couple of hours of sleep as I had to study for two exams today,” replied his friend. This type of exchange is common as sleep is often viewed by adolescents as a luxury and…

It’s Not a Cold, It’s RSV

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

A mom wakes up her one year old and detects she has a stuffy nose and her forehead feels hot. As the day goes on, the mom notices that her daughter seems to be crankier than usual and does not seem to be hungry. In addition, she is wheezing a bit as she breathes. The mom thinks that her daughter has developed a cold. While…

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