Medical Homes Matter for Kids

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“The lion ate him!” said the two year old boy to his father. The father smiled and said, “Yes, that’s what happened in the story we read last night.” Young children often say things that are out of context which leaves most adults befuddled as to what a child is talking about. The only adults that will understand are the ones who have spent time…

Turning Around the Bedtime Battle

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The clock strikes eight o’clock and a small shiver goes down the spines of the mom and dad. Shortly the bedtime battle will begin. It is something that both parents dread.  There is always something that delays the kids from going to bed. Either a favorite blanket can’t be found or an overwhelming thirst overtakes one of them just as she gets tucked in. The…

Children’s First Crush

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The 6th grade teacher could see it by the look on the girl’s face. There were the furtive glances at the boy in front of her and the whispers and giggles of her friends. The teacher knew that the girl was experiencing her first crush on a boy. By middle school, many tweens begin to experience their first romantic crushes and the gossip that typically…

Preschoolers Need Lots of Active Play

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“It’s time for recess. Everybody get ready to go outside,” said the teacher. All of the preschoolers lined up to head out. Once outside, the preschoolers were engaged in all sorts of activities. Some children were playing a game of tag. Others were climbing on the monkey bars, swinging from one rung to the next. Other preschoolers were chasing a soccer ball. All of the…

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