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…

Medical Homes Matter for Kids

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“The lion ate him!” said the two year old boy to his father. The father smiled and said, “Yes, that’s what happened in the story we read last night.” Young children often say things that are out of context which leaves most adults befuddled as to what a child is talking about. The only adults that will understand are the ones who have spent time…

Parents Need to Talk to Their Babies

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“Come quick, I think he is about to say it again!” said the father as he frantically gestured for his wife to come by the baby. The baby boy looked up at both is parents and said, “Da-da”. Both parents looked excitedly at each other and in unison said, “His first word!” Many infants say their first word around six months of age. However, the…

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