Ensuring Children Develop a Habit Brushing Teeth

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“Are you sure you brushed your teeth?” the father asked his son. His son solemnly nodded. His father said, “Let me smell your breath.” The son obligingly opened his mouth. Finally, the father said, “I need to check and see if your toothbrush is wet.” This type of exchange happens in many households as children often do not brush their teeth, even when told to…

Making Sure Little Swimmers are Safe

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

Water can serve as a magnet for children. Something about it is innately appealing whether the water is a rain puddle or a swimming pool. As summer gets underway, scores of children head out to play in pools. In addition, families go on vacations to be around water by heading to the beach or going to the lake. Unfortunately, children’s fascination with water can be…

Emphasizing Gratitude on Thanksgiving

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The children finally get home with their bags full of candy after a night of trick or treating. They take off their costumes and begin gorging on their candy horn of plenty. The next day at the store, one of the children points to a display and says, “Look mommy, it’s Christmas!” This is soon followed by the child saying, “Oh, that is the toy…

Dealing with a Child’s Aggression

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“You better give me that or I am going to punch you in the face,” said the son to his mother as he balled up his fist to punch. The mother felt that this was a good time to give into her son’s demands as it was not worth the fight, particularly over an action figure. All parents experience aggression from their children in one…

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