Even Preschoolers Get the Blues

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

By Dan Florell, Ph.D. & Praveena Salins, M.D.  “Who didn’t put away the cookies?” the mother asked. Four year old Tammy started crying and said, “I did mommy. I am so sorry. It is all my fault. I will never ever do that again! I’m just so stupid!” Tammy’s mother calmed Tammy down and reassured her that she wasn’t in trouble. The excessive guilt shown…

Tablets and Toddlers are a Poor Mix

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The toddler is seen working magic as she presses the screen and squeals in delight as the screen changes.  Later, the same toddler can be seen furiously swiping her finger across a magazine and looking fully dismayed that the magazine is not “working” the right way. This is a description of a popular video on YouTube and begs the question, “When is an appropriate time…

Grandparents Being a Caregiver for Grandchildren

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The birth of a child is not only a major event for the parents but also for grandparents. The introduction of a new generation of the family can provide a lot of joy for grandparents. It also can mean an increased level of responsibility as over sixty percent of grandparents take on a major caregiver role for their grandchildren. The increased caregiving role for grandparents…

Grade Retention is a Failing Solution for Children

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

It had been a bad school year by all accounts for the 3rd grade boy. He had consistently struggled in reading and was getting further behind his classmates. His behavior in the classroom was getting worse as he would yell at the teacher and rip up his work. This resulted in frequently being sent to the principal’s office or having to go see the guidance…

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