Changes that Occur in Teens’ Cognition

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

It seems to happen almost overnight. One day parents are sitting down helping their child learn to read and do basic math problems. The next day, the child is explaining to her parents how to do algebra and the finer points of the scientific process. Something has obviously changed but what exactly has changed regarding adolescent cognition is more of a mystery. Underlying adolescent changes in…

Screentime in the Summer

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The sun is bright outside and the kids are out of school for summer vacation. Rather than hearing the yelling of kids playing outside, it is eerily quiet. As the father goes back inside to finish some chores around the house, he notices that all three of his children are looking at the screens on their various electronic devices. One child is texting to friends…

Instilling Self-Confidence in Kids

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“Here honey, let mommy do that,” said the mother as she reached for her daughter’s shoes to help put them on. The two year old looked squarely at her mother, yanked away the shoes and said, “I do it.” The little girl in this case was firmly expressing her self-confidence that she could put on the shoes by herself. As children get older, parents want…