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…

Social Media Advice for Parents of Teens

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The 13 year old was glued to her smartphone as her fingers rapidly tapped out a message to her followers. She could then be seen scrolling through a variety of pictures and occasionally stopping to click a “Like” button. Her parents knew that their daughter could be on her phone for several hours doing this if they let her. They were getting concerned about her…

Getting Kids Back to Sleep After Nighttime Wakenings

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The mother awoke suddenly and sensed a presence in the room. Startled and half asleep, the mother tried to reorient herself. Then, she heard this small, little voice. “Mommy, I can’t sleep. The basement is flooding and the crocodiles are going to get me,” said her four year old son. The mother was a little confused and then realized her son had been having a…

Developing Self-Control for Success

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“I am going to give you a marshmallow right now. However, if you can wait until I come back before eating it, I will give you another.” That is the instruction from a classic psychological study referred to as the “marshmallow experiment”. The point of the study was to measure young children’s self-control and see how it predicted later behavior. Self-control refers to children learning…

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