Having Kids Appreciate More with Less at Christmas

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The floor is littered with wrapping paper and half-open boxes. The frenzied joy of opening presents has subsided. The children are now searching around for any presents that they may have missed. One of the children looks at his parents and asks, “Is that all of the presents?” There are children who are fortunate enough to have parents and relatives who can afford to give…

New Year’s Focus on the Importance of Friends

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

As the clock finishes striking 12 and the ball has dropped in Times Square, a new year begins. Almost immediately after the grand occasion people start to sing Auld Lang Syne.   The song starts, “Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind?” The song goes on to focus on the importance of friendships from long ago and draw attention to current friends.…

Managing a Family Spring Break

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

After a very long winter, the sun is finally making its’ presence known. The daffodils are starting to bloom and birds are singing. All of these signs alert families that school spring breaks are quickly approaching. Spring breaks can be a challenge for families regarding what to do with the children during that time. Many parents decide to take that week off of work and…

Students Transitioning to Summer Break

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

As soon as the weather starts to warm and the sun shines for longer portions of the day, students’ eyes start to glaze over in anticipation of the promised summer break after a long academic year. Typically students start anticipating the break well before the end of the school year as their behavior gets more and more unruly. By the time summer break finally arrives,…

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