Mental Health Tips for the Holidays

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The mother was thinking about everything that needed to get done before Christmas and the holidays. First, she had to make sure all of the kids had their presents and stocking stuffers. Then, she needed to go to the grocery store to pick up food and ingredients for the meals and snacks that everyone enjoys. Third, her husband had to pick up their relatives from…

Cost of Yelling at Kids

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“Put that down!” yelled the mother at her four year old daughter. “I don’t know what has gotten into you, but you are pushing my buttons today.” The mother continued to yell at her daughter as she cleaned up the spilled cereal her daughter had been attempting to put into a bowl. Once she had finished her rant and saw the look on her daughter’s…

Preventing Sports Injuries in Kids

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The parents watched as their 9 year old daughter weaved through the opposing players and scored another goal. Everyone in the stands started cheering and their daughter’s teammates crowded around her to celebrate. Later in the game, their daughter collapsed in pain as she grabbed her ankle. The parents ran out of the stands to go see her. Their daughter had severely sprained her ankle…

How Anxiety Can Be Hidden in Kids

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.
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“Aren’t those some girls from your class?” asked the father, “You should go over there and say hello.” His seven year old daughter shook her head and said, “I can’t. I don’t know what to say. I am too shy anyway.” The father was not sure what to do next. He just didn’t understand why his daughter was so reluctant to even say hello to…