Making of Smartphone Habits in Teens

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

Almost instinctively, the teen reaches into her pocket and quickly makes some swipes on her smartphone. The teen repeats the process several more times during her conversation with her friends. This would seem a little bit odd except her friends are engaged in the same habits, checking their smartphones without even seeming to be aware that they are doing it. This phenomenon is not unique…

Different Way for Parents to Show Love on Valentine’s Day

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

A heartfelt card, dinner at a romantic restaurant, and a bouquet of roses are common activities for Valentine’s Day. The day is perfectly tailored for a splurge on jewelry for a true love or even a marriage proposal. Valentine’s Day is the one holiday meant for couples in romantic relationships. That is how most adults view the day except for parents. Parents know that there…

Managing Technology on Family Vacations

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The long awaited family vacation had finally arrived. The family had traveled over nine hours in the car to get to their destination. Everyone was unpacked and ready to enjoy a week off. As the mother looked out from the balcony, she saw the sun going down and the sun rays reflecting off the ocean water. She went back inside and encouraged the rest of…

Children Learning to Communicate When Stressed

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The boy’s face started turning beet red and his fists became clinched. He thought how unfair it was that he was not able go out with his friends and instead having to stay home. Rather than calmly discussing the situation, the boy began to scream at his parents. Children frequently struggle in being able to express themselves appropriately when they are stressed. The source of…

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