Language – When Actions Speak Louder Than Words

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The baby was babbling as usual until a precious word escaped his mouth, “Mama.” A baby’s first words are one of the major landmarks that parents remember about their child growing up. Babies typically start uttering their first words around 12 months of age. A baby’s first words represent a new way for the baby to convey his wants and needs. Armed with language, a…

Kids Video Game Playing Improves Their Minds

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

It is a Saturday afternoon and the house is quiet except for the flicker of electronic screens as two children are immersed in playing separate video games. If left undisturbed, the children may still be playing several hours later. Many parents are concerned about their children playing video games for so long and the potential harm that could result. While setting limits on the amount…

Teaching Kids Financial Management with an Allowance

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“But Dad, I really want it!” whined the little boy. The tears began to well up as the father told his son that he could not have the toy. The little boy responded by yelling, “You never get me anything I want!” As illustrated above, it is natural for young children to get upset when their immediate wants and desires are not met. Younger children…

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