The Gift of Jealousy for the Holidays

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The excitement becomes palatable as the children head up to their bedrooms waiting for Christmas morning to arrive. Presents can already be seen under the Christmas tree with the promise of more arriving with Santa Claus during the night. As the morning breaks, children clamor out of their beds and wake their parents in order to get started unwrapping all of their presents. For parents,…

Different Way for Parents to Show Love on Valentine’s Day

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

A heartfelt card, dinner at a romantic restaurant, and a bouquet of roses are common activities for Valentine’s Day. The day is perfectly tailored for a splurge on jewelry for a true love or even a marriage proposal. Valentine’s Day is the one holiday meant for couples in romantic relationships. That is how most adults view the day except for parents. Parents know that there…

Holiday Traditions Make Memories for Kids

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

Ask children what their families do during the holidays and there are a chorus of answers of favorite holiday traditions. One might talk about how Grandma makes her pinwheel cookies that she only bakes during the holidays. Another might talk about the “Elf on a Shelf”, that comes to visit right after Thanksgiving in order to let Santa know who has truly been naughty and…

Flying as a Family with Young Kids

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The parents were a bit nervous. They were flying for the first time with their two children who were one and four years old. The parents had heard nightmare stories from others about their young children flying. This included one child who had run away from her parents while in the airport security line and an infant who cried during the entire three hour plane…