Teaching Kids Financial Management with an Allowance

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“But Dad, I really want it!” whined the little boy. The tears began to well up as the father told his son that he could not have the toy. The little boy responded by yelling, “You never get me anything I want!” As illustrated above, it is natural for young children to get upset when their immediate wants and desires are not met. Younger children…

Preventing Suicide in Teens

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

His son had become increasingly despondent over the past few weeks. Any time the father tried to talk with him, his son would pull away. In the few times he got his son to talk, his son would make comments about how he was worthless and nothing really mattered anymore. The father knew his son was depressed but was not sure what to do. He…

Graduating to Independence

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The parents, grandparents, and relatives are all sitting in the bleachers watching with pride as the young woman walks across the stage to accept her high school diploma. As the graduation speaker begins the keynote address, many parents reflect on the job they have done in helping their children grow up and become adults. They may also wonder what the future has in store for…

Being There When Teens Need Help

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The father could see there was something on his son’s mind. The boy had has forehead furrowed and he was looking slightly agitated. “Is there something on your mind son?” the father asked. That simple question seemed to break the ice as a look of relief passed over his son’s face. “Actually Dad, there has been something that has been on my mind and I…

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