Back to School Parent Tips

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The excitement is beginning to build as a new school year is about to start. There will be new teachers and classes along with seeing friends that students have not seen all summer. There is also a bit of nervousness about how the school year will unfold. Many times the start of the school year can set the tone for the whole rest of the…

Video Games Role in Boys Friendships

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The teenager rushed into the house after getting home from school. He quickly nodded towards his mom before turning on his Xbox. His mom heard him muttering into a headset, “We need to form an alpha team so we can encircle them.” The teen stayed glued to the screen, playing on his Xbox for the next couple of hours. His mother is getting concerned about…

Face Time During Meal Time

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

A father and daughter go out to a restaurant for lunch. They sit down in a booth and both quietly slip out their cell phones and start texting and checking e-mail. This continues until the waitress comes to take their order. Another 20 minutes go by as silence envelops the table. It is not until the food comes that an actual face-to-face conversation starts between…

E-Cigarettes and Teens

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

A plume of vapor escaped the teenager’s mouth as he began to inhale again on his e-cigarette. The taste of vanilla flooded his taste buds as he felt more relaxed and clear-headed. He looked over to his friends who were also vaping, smiled, and said, “We have to do this more often”. The use of e-cigarettes by high school students has more than tripled to…

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