Going Trick or Treating with Kids

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“I am going to get so much candy this year. We need to make sure to go to our neighbor’s house first as they always give away a lot of candy,” said the eight year old boy. His four year old sister responded, “Do they really give all that candy? I am scared of that house. They have all those witches and gravestones around it.”…

Developing Self-Control for Success

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“I am going to give you a marshmallow right now. However, if you can wait until I come back before eating it, I will give you another.” That is the instruction from a classic psychological study referred to as the “marshmallow experiment”. The point of the study was to measure young children’s self-control and see how it predicted later behavior. Self-control refers to children learning…

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…