Effect of Various Childhood Trauma on Children’s Behavior

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The four year old boy heard the arguing and started scanning for a place to hide. Whenever his mother started arguing with her boyfriend, it wouldn’t be long before she came looking for him. The bruises had finally started to fade from the last time his mother hit him. The boy crept under his bed and constantly scanned the room for his mother’s approach. He…

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…

Teaching Kids Manners

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The family was sitting down to dinner when all of a sudden a loud burp comes out of a little boy. He looks around briefly before he starts giggling. Without skipping a beat, his mother asks, “What are you supposed to say after you burp?” The little boy put his head down and says, “Excuse me.” The mother nods her head and the family goes…

Developing Self-Control for Success

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“I am going to give you a marshmallow right now. However, if you can wait until I come back before eating it, I will give you another.” That is the instruction from a classic psychological study referred to as the “marshmallow experiment”. The point of the study was to measure young children’s self-control and see how it predicted later behavior. Self-control refers to children learning…

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