Using Active Listening When Adolescents Speak

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

After getting home from work, a mother asks her teenage daughter how her day went. Her daughter mumbles about the day going fine. The mother follows-up with a couple of more questions about homework and gets some more vague answers. Since it has been a long day and communication with her daughter doesn’t seem to be happening, the mother goes on with the rest of…

Teaching Kids Financial Management with an Allowance

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“But Dad, I really want it!” whined the little boy. The tears began to well up as the father told his son that he could not have the toy. The little boy responded by yelling, “You never get me anything I want!” As illustrated above, it is natural for young children to get upset when their immediate wants and desires are not met. Younger children…