Putting Your Child on the MAP

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

As the mother rummages through her son’s backpack for his homework and other school letters, she finds a page with tables labeled Mathematics and Reading that is full of numbers. More importantly, her son’s name is at the top along with his elementary school. It certainly looks important and official but what it means is another matter. A score of 195 is reported but there…

Grandparents Being a Caregiver for Grandchildren

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The birth of a child is not only a major event for the parents but also for grandparents. The introduction of a new generation of the family can provide a lot of joy for grandparents. It also can mean an increased level of responsibility as over sixty percent of grandparents take on a major caregiver role for their grandchildren. The increased caregiving role for grandparents…

Kids Video Game Playing Improves Their Minds

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

It is a Saturday afternoon and the house is quiet except for the flicker of electronic screens as two children are immersed in playing separate video games. If left undisturbed, the children may still be playing several hours later. Many parents are concerned about their children playing video games for so long and the potential harm that could result. While setting limits on the amount…

Graduating to Independence

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The parents, grandparents, and relatives are all sitting in the bleachers watching with pride as the young woman walks across the stage to accept her high school diploma. As the graduation speaker begins the keynote address, many parents reflect on the job they have done in helping their children grow up and become adults. They may also wonder what the future has in store for…

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