Social Media Use and Teens

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“Do you wonder if our kids spend way too much time on their smartphones? It just seems like they are on it all the time and they never seem to talk to anyone. They just sit there, staring at the screen. I wonder if it’s our kids or if that is just the way things are right now,” said the mother to her husband. Her…

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…

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