Positive Spin on Peer Pressure

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“Come on! You know you want to come”, said a boy to his friend. “I don’t know. I haven’t really done something like this before,” said his friend. “You might as well try it as we are already here,” replied the boy. When thinking about peer pressure, the above conversation would seem to be a prime example of how kids and teens can make bad…

‘Tis the Season for Giving

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

There is a feeling of pride that wells up in all parents when they see their children giving something of theirs to another person. It is all the more poignant when children are giving something that they greatly value and reflects a significant sacrifice on their part. Young children are often looking for ways to contribute and help others’ out. The trick for parents is…

Monitoring Kids in Digital Age

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

A ping goes off as the mother glances down at her smart phone and notices that her son just lost a behavior point in his class. She makes a mental note to talk him about it when he gets home from school. Later in the day, while the mother is waiting in line, she checks to see what her son had to eat at school.…