Positive Spin on Peer Pressure

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“Come on! You know you want to come”, said a boy to his friend. “I don’t know. I haven’t really done something like this before,” said his friend. “You might as well try it as we are already here,” replied the boy. When thinking about peer pressure, the above conversation would seem to be a prime example of how kids and teens can make bad…

Cost of Online Social Networks for Tweens

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“Can I get a Facebook account?” asked the sixth grader to her parents. “All of my friends are on it and I feel left out because I don’t have an account,” she argued. She wrapped up by saying, “Besides, Facebook is free and you won’t have to pay anything for me to join.” By middle school, most children have joined a social network. Facebook continues…

Combatting Social Anxiety in Teens

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“You should really sign up for the musical. You have such a good voice,” said a teenage girl to her friend. Her friend nodded in agreement but said, “I don’t think I can. I just get too nervous even thinking about it.” “But that is what you always say,” replied the girl. “You never take a chance or even do anything new.” A lot of…

Using Family Pictures to Teach Storytelling

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The mother and her three year old son were huddled on the couch and looking at pictures of the family’s summer vacation at the beach. “Oh, this is a good one. You were just finishing your ice cream sandwich when your brother started chasing you with the hose,” said the mother. Her son looked at her expectantly and asked, “What happened next mom?” The simple…

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