Halloween Can Spook Young Children

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

Witches, ghouls, and black cats prowl through the night looking for the next house to enter. There are people screaming and others running around the streets with bags in their hands containing their ill-gotten gains. All around are masked people and nothing looks familiar as the night begins to descend leaving only the glow of street lights. This description of Halloween can be quite frightening…

New Year’s Focus on the Importance of Friends

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

As the clock finishes striking 12 and the ball has dropped in Times Square, a new year begins. Almost immediately after the grand occasion people start to sing Auld Lang Syne.   The song starts, “Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind?” The song goes on to focus on the importance of friendships from long ago and draw attention to current friends.…

Parents Passing on Anxiety to Kids

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The mom tells the kids to get dressed for school while she gets ready for work. Fifteen minutes later, the mom is ready to take the kids to school, but they still have their pajamas on. Looking at her watch, the mom knows this is going to make her late for work. She yells, “I told you that you needed to get dressed! Now we…