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…

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…