Emphasizing Gratitude on Thanksgiving

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The children finally get home with their bags full of candy after a night of trick or treating. They take off their costumes and begin gorging on their candy horn of plenty. The next day at the store, one of the children points to a display and says, “Look mommy, it’s Christmas!” This is soon followed by the child saying, “Oh, that is the toy…

Traveling with Kids on the Holidays

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“Stop touching my stuff! I told you I don’t like that,” shouted the sister to her brother. “I didn’t touch your stuff, you are just trying to get me trouble,” shouted back the brother. The mother turned around in her seat and said, “Would you two stop it! Both of you fighting is making this trip harder than it has to be.” Many parents have…

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…