Mental Health Tips for the Holidays

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The mother was thinking about everything that needed to get done before Christmas and the holidays. First, she had to make sure all of the kids had their presents and stocking stuffers. Then, she needed to go to the grocery store to pick up food and ingredients for the meals and snacks that everyone enjoys. Third, her husband had to pick up their relatives from…

Having Family Gatherings Go Well

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

It was time to load up the car and make the annual pilgrimage to grandma’s house for Christmas. Once a year, all of the relatives and extended family came together to continue family traditions and gather for a large dinner. It also gave the adults some time to catch up with one another. However, this gathering presents a number of challenges for families with children.…

Creating the Family Christmas Letter

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

As the Christmas and holiday season is underway, people start receiving cards from friends and family wishing them well. These letters often include photos of the family and maybe a brief note giving an update on what has been happening over the past year. Unfortunately the tradition of sending cards to friends and family has been fading in recent years. The advent of social media…

‘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…

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