Having Family Gatherings Go Well

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

It was time to load up the car and make the annual pilgrimage to grandma’s house for Christmas. Once a year, all of the relatives and extended family came together to continue family traditions and gather for a large dinner. It also gave the adults some time to catch up with one another. However, this gathering presents a number of challenges for families with children.…

Parents Lose with Empty Threats

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The family van has been rolling down the highway for the past five hours. Mom and Dad are in the front seat and their two children are in the back seat. By this point in the trip, the kids are starting to get antsy. It starts with a slight poke by the sister quickly followed by a punch in the shoulder from the brother. The…

Managing Technology on Family Vacations

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The long awaited family vacation had finally arrived. The family had traveled over nine hours in the car to get to their destination. Everyone was unpacked and ready to enjoy a week off. As the mother looked out from the balcony, she saw the sun going down and the sun rays reflecting off the ocean water. She went back inside and encouraged the rest of…

Benefits of Board Games

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.
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Amy turned over the card and was sent back to start. “That’s not fair! Now I am never going to win,” yelled Amy as she grabbed cards and threw them across the room. Amy was last seen running away with tears in her eyes. Amy’s mother followed to go talk to Amy about the reality that we don’t always win every time we play a…

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