Using Active Listening When Adolescents Speak

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

After getting home from work, a mother asks her teenage daughter how her day went. Her daughter mumbles about the day going fine. The mother follows-up with a couple of more questions about homework and gets some more vague answers. Since it has been a long day and communication with her daughter doesn’t seem to be happening, the mother goes on with the rest of…

Kids Video Game Playing Improves Their Minds

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

It is a Saturday afternoon and the house is quiet except for the flicker of electronic screens as two children are immersed in playing separate video games. If left undisturbed, the children may still be playing several hours later. Many parents are concerned about their children playing video games for so long and the potential harm that could result. While setting limits on the amount…

Giving the Gift of Attention

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“Ms. Smith said that we were going to have an exciting day tomorrow,” the five year old reported to her mother, “and she said we are going to paint and then see a movie and then play on the computer!” The mother nodded as the child spoke as she focused on a TV show she had been watching. Her daughter eventually stopped and said, “Mom!…

Instilling Self-Confidence in Kids

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“Here honey, let mommy do that,” said the mother as she reached for her daughter’s shoes to help put them on. The two year old looked squarely at her mother, yanked away the shoes and said, “I do it.” The little girl in this case was firmly expressing her self-confidence that she could put on the shoes by herself. As children get older, parents want…

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