Red is a Good Color for Kids’ Clothes, Not Their Skin

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The sun has finally broken through the clouds and it is a gorgeous, sunny day. This is the type of day made for playing outdoors! The kids are quickly putting on their shoes and runing out the door to enjoy the beautiful day. Four hours later, they come back in looking flush with all of their exertions. Unfortunately the red flush on their faces isn’t…

Tablets and Toddlers are a Poor Mix

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The toddler is seen working magic as she presses the screen and squeals in delight as the screen changes.  Later, the same toddler can be seen furiously swiping her finger across a magazine and looking fully dismayed that the magazine is not “working” the right way. This is a description of a popular video on YouTube and begs the question, “When is an appropriate time…

Difference Between Being Sorry and Punishment

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

One of the great responsibilities parents have is to get their children to behave well when out in public. If parents succeed, then their children become well-adjusted adults and society views those parents as having done their job well. If they fail, there is a steep cost for parents where condemnation often comes from the look on other adults’ faces or having another adult come…

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…

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