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…

Say No Thanks to Spanking

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

Owwww! The scream of pain can be heard on the other side of the house. It is an all too familiar scream as Johnny has once again pulled his sister’s pigtails. The mother hustles from the living room to give Johnny a spanking while she yells, “how many times does this need to happen before you learn to stop pulling your sister’s pigtails!” This type…

Just Scratching the Surface with Cutting

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The mother is concerned when she notices scratches all up and down her teenage daughter’s arm. When asked about them, the daughter said she was wrestling with the cat and was scratched several times. Still, the mother thought the marks were more organized than random scratches. She started becoming concerned there might be more going on than her daughter was letting on. In the situation…

Selecting the Right Daycare

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The thought of going back to work after having a baby is a very difficult one for working mothers. One of the major concerns for many mothers is finding appropriate daycare for their baby. The challenge of finding daycare does not stop in infancy as mothers of school-age children have a similar challenge. They need to find a daycare that can care for their children…

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