Defiant Kids and the “No” Machine

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The mother asked her five year old son, “Pick up the blocks from the hallway. It is time to get ready for lunch.” The little boy shouts, “No! You can’t make me!” He then proceeds to pick up a block and throw it towards his mother. The mother has noticed that her son has been saying, “no” to more and more of her requests and…

Teens’ Stress Looks Like Adults

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

On a recent busy day, a teenage girl had to study for a science exam, turn in a major social studies project, and finish reading a novel in English. In addition, she had two hours of dance team practice, served as a mediator between two of her friends who had been fighting online, and completing her chores at home. She skipped lunch and barely had…

Graduating to Independence

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The parents, grandparents, and relatives are all sitting in the bleachers watching with pride as the young woman walks across the stage to accept her high school diploma. As the graduation speaker begins the keynote address, many parents reflect on the job they have done in helping their children grow up and become adults. They may also wonder what the future has in store for…

Lazy Children and ADHD

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

As his third grade teacher stood in the front of the class giving directions to the next assignment, the boy sat staring out the window. He often stared out the window or would spend time playing with paper or his erasers. The boy’s grades were beginning to suffer as assignment after assignment would be turned in incomplete or not turned in at all. His teacher…

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