Fear and Dealing with the Monster Under the Bed

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The hardwood floor echoed with the sound of the five-year-olds’ feet as he scurried to his parents’ bedroom. He opened the door and went to wake up his mother. “The monsters are going to get me,” he said wide-eyed and trembling. His mother responded, “Hop in bed. There are no monsters here.” The boy quickly hopped in bed and promptly went to sleep. Many parents…

The Emotions of Inside Out

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“Hey mom! Look at me. I am a flying purple elephant,” said the five year old. His mother glanced up and shook her head in wonder at what her child would come up with next. Many parents wonder why their children’s behavior can be so unpredictable and sometimes bizarre. If only there was a way to know what is going on inside their heads. The…

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…

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…

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