Instilling Confidence in Kids

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

There seemed to be kids everywhere during the first week the swimming pool was open for the summer. The most popular attraction at the pool was the addition of a high diving board. All of the boy’s friends had jumped off it and were telling the boy how thrilling it was to stare down into the pool from that height before making the leap. The…

Who is Mad, Sad, Glad, or Scared?

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

Several 4-year olds are playing in a daycare. All of a sudden, Stevie grabs a toy out of Johnny’s hand. Johnny screams, “That’s mine!” Stevie responds by swinging the toy and hitting Johnny in the arm. Johnny immediately bursts into tears as a daycare provider comes swooping into the fray. The daycare worker quickly figures out what happens and reprimands Stevie and gives the toy…

How Anxiety Can Be Hidden in Kids

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.
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“Aren’t those some girls from your class?” asked the father, “You should go over there and say hello.” His seven year old daughter shook her head and said, “I can’t. I don’t know what to say. I am too shy anyway.” The father was not sure what to do next. He just didn’t understand why his daughter was so reluctant to even say hello to…

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