Teens’ Stress Looks Like Adults

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

On a recent busy day, a teenage girl had to study for a science exam, turn in a major social studies project, and finish reading a novel in English. In addition, she had two hours of dance team practice, served as a mediator between two of her friends who had been fighting online, and completing her chores at home. She skipped lunch and barely had…

Teasing and Bullying in Grade School

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The mother had a sense something was wrong when her second grader came home from school and threw his backpack angrily into a corner. She gently encouraged him to tell her what was wrong. Her son said, “Billy said I was the slowest kid in class in getting my math done even though I am not. He is just a big bully. I hate Billy.”…

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.…

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