Building a Child by Giving Good Structure

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Benjamin Franklin came up with this proverb and most people focus on the final portion regarding death and taxes. What is often missed is the beginning of the proverb which is quite important, particularly when working with children. Uncertainty in the world is guaranteed and has to be dealt with as…

Encouraging Kids to Be Optimistic

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“Everything that I do ends up being bad!” choked out the girl in between sobs. “There, there”, said her mother, “not everything was bad today.” “It was too! Bad things always happen to me”, sobbed the girl. Many parents have had a similar exchange with their children. Most of the time, children are resilient and bounce back quickly the next day. However, the tendency to…

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!…

Everyone Needs to Report Child Abuse and Neglect

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The child had several bruises on his arms. He no longer smiled and waved at his neighbor. The easy going child had gradually changed before his neighbor’s eyes into someone who was irritable and cried easily. The neighbor suspected there was something going on but was not sure what to do. After all, it wasn’t her business what a family does in their own home.…

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