Power of Play in the Summer

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

After a long school year, children anxiously await the opportunity to do whatever they want to do in that magical time called summer. Summertime is when life slows down a bit and there is no homework and fewer scheduled activities. Summer is the perfect time for play. However, play is often viewed as frivolous and a waste of time. Many well intentioned parents sign their…

Managing a Family Spring Break

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

After a very long winter, the sun is finally making its’ presence known. The daffodils are starting to bloom and birds are singing. All of these signs alert families that school spring breaks are quickly approaching. Spring breaks can be a challenge for families regarding what to do with the children during that time. Many parents decide to take that week off of work and…

Preschoolers Need Lots of Active Play

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“It’s time for recess. Everybody get ready to go outside,” said the teacher. All of the preschoolers lined up to head out. Once outside, the preschoolers were engaged in all sorts of activities. Some children were playing a game of tag. Others were climbing on the monkey bars, swinging from one rung to the next. Other preschoolers were chasing a soccer ball. All of the…