Using Little Moments to Bond with Kids

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

In the living room alone there is a huge big screen television that is connected to various streaming services that offer endless entertainment options. Connected to the television is an Xbox with several games stacked by it. In addition, there is the family iPad and one of the children’s iPods. All of these devices are built to constantly engage children and adolescents with new and…

Parents Passing on Anxiety to Kids

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The mom tells the kids to get dressed for school while she gets ready for work. Fifteen minutes later, the mom is ready to take the kids to school, but they still have their pajamas on. Looking at her watch, the mom knows this is going to make her late for work. She yells, “I told you that you needed to get dressed! Now we…

Video Games Role in Boys Friendships

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The teenager rushed into the house after getting home from school. He quickly nodded towards his mom before turning on his Xbox. His mom heard him muttering into a headset, “We need to form an alpha team so we can encircle them.” The teen stayed glued to the screen, playing on his Xbox for the next couple of hours. His mother is getting concerned about…

Helping Children Cope with Terrorism

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The media coverage of the terrorism attack was all encompassing. It was on television, social media, news websites and even YouTube. It was hard to escape the video taken of the attack and the immediate aftermath. The seven year old boy was starting to worry that such an attack could happen in his town. He began to ask his parents where they were going when…