Problems When Parents Spank Kids

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“I told you to stop doing that!” yelled the mother as she spanked her three year old son’s behind. Her son lets out a yelp and stops what he was doing. The mother does not feel happy that she had to spank her son, but it did get results. The problem is that spanking is not as successful as parents would like to think it…

Traveling with Kids on the Holidays

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“Stop touching my stuff! I told you I don’t like that,” shouted the sister to her brother. “I didn’t touch your stuff, you are just trying to get me trouble,” shouted back the brother. The mother turned around in her seat and said, “Would you two stop it! Both of you fighting is making this trip harder than it has to be.” Many parents have…

Everyone Needs to Report Child Abuse and Neglect

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The child had several bruises on his arms. He no longer smiled and waved at his neighbor. The easy going child had gradually changed before his neighbor’s eyes into someone who was irritable and cried easily. The neighbor suspected there was something going on but was not sure what to do. After all, it wasn’t her business what a family does in their own home.…