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…

Social Media Habits of Teens

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

A typical weekday night for families with teenagers usually includes the teen texting friends and going onto various social networking sites like Facebook to connect with friends. These two activities can consume hours and yet many parents and grandparents are not sure if this behavior is typical or if it is something they need to be concerned about. One resource that can be utilized by…

Power of Play in the Summer

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

After a long school year, children anxiously await the opportunity to do whatever they want to do in that magical time called summer. Summertime is when life slows down a bit and there is no homework and fewer scheduled activities. Summer is the perfect time for play. However, play is often viewed as frivolous and a waste of time. Many well intentioned parents sign their…

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…

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