‘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…

The Gift of Jealousy for the Holidays

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The excitement becomes palatable as the children head up to their bedrooms waiting for Christmas morning to arrive. Presents can already be seen under the Christmas tree with the promise of more arriving with Santa Claus during the night. As the morning breaks, children clamor out of their beds and wake their parents in order to get started unwrapping all of their presents. For parents,…

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…

Traveling with Kids on the Holidays

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“Stop touching my stuff! I told you I don’t like that,” shouted the sister to her brother. “I didn’t touch your stuff, you are just trying to get me trouble,” shouted back the brother. The mother turned around in her seat and said, “Would you two stop it! Both of you fighting is making this trip harder than it has to be.” Many parents have…

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