Washing Hands Prevents Colds in Kids

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“Ok everyone, it is time to eat. Make sure to wash your hands before sitting down,” reminded the mother to her children. This is a common reminder many parents use prior to eating and it illustrates the importance parents place on hand washing. Washing hands is one of the best ways for children to prevent various diseases including the cold, flu, and RSV. It is so…

Who is Mad, Sad, Glad, or Scared?

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

Several 4-year olds are playing in a daycare. All of a sudden, Stevie grabs a toy out of Johnny’s hand. Johnny screams, “That’s mine!” Stevie responds by swinging the toy and hitting Johnny in the arm. Johnny immediately bursts into tears as a daycare provider comes swooping into the fray. The daycare worker quickly figures out what happens and reprimands Stevie and gives the toy…

Is Minecraft Appropriate for Kids?

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The nine year old boy came up to his parents and breathlessly asked, “Can I get Minecraft? Everybody at my school is playing it and it is so awesome!” The boy’s parents looked at each other with some bewilderment. Neither had a clue as to what Minecraft was, much less whether their son should be allowed to play it. They did know that many boys…

The Benefits and Basics of Preschool

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The child’s lip trembles as she realizes that her mother is not coming with her. All of a sudden, the weeks of anticipation of starting kindergarten has become one of fear. One of the major moments in a child’s life is starting kindergarten. Kindergarten represents a major step towards a child’s independence. The experience is generally a positive one though some children struggle more than…

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