Benefits of Board Games

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

Amy turned over the card and was sent back to start. “That’s not fair! Now I am never going to win,” yelled Amy as she grabbed cards and threw them across the room. Amy was last seen running away with tears in her eyes. Amy’s mother followed to go talk to Amy about the reality that we don’t always win every time we play a…

Holiday Traditions Make Memories for Kids

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

Ask children what their families do during the holidays and there are a chorus of answers of favorite holiday traditions. One might talk about how Grandma makes her pinwheel cookies that she only bakes during the holidays. Another might talk about the “Elf on a Shelf”, that comes to visit right after Thanksgiving in order to let Santa know who has truly been naughty and…

Using Little Moments to Bond with Kids

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

In the living room alone there is a huge big screen television that is connected to various streaming services that offer endless entertainment options. Connected to the television is an Xbox with several games stacked by it. In addition, there is the family iPad and one of the children’s iPods. All of these devices are built to constantly engage children and adolescents with new and…

Preschoolers Need Lots of Active Play

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“It’s time for recess. Everybody get ready to go outside,” said the teacher. All of the preschoolers lined up to head out. Once outside, the preschoolers were engaged in all sorts of activities. Some children were playing a game of tag. Others were climbing on the monkey bars, swinging from one rung to the next. Other preschoolers were chasing a soccer ball. All of the…

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