Power of Routines for Children

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

Most adults have general routines that they follow which give their day a bit of structure and predictability. For example, a morning routine can consist of turning off the alarm clock, going to the bathroom, taking a shower, getting dressed, and then eating breakfast. The wonderful part of a well-practiced routine is that you don’t have to devote much mental energy to get it completed.…

Positive Spin on Peer Pressure

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“Come on! You know you want to come”, said a boy to his friend. “I don’t know. I haven’t really done something like this before,” said his friend. “You might as well try it as we are already here,” replied the boy. When thinking about peer pressure, the above conversation would seem to be a prime example of how kids and teens can make bad…

The Good of Flu Shots

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“Mommy! My head feels hot and my legs hurt. I don’t feel good,” said the little girl. Her mother rushed over and found that her daughter was spiking a fever even though she was fine earlier in the day. A day later, the little girl had chills, a sore throat, and a hacking cough. Her pediatrician confirmed that she had the flu. The mother wished…

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