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…

Teaching Kids Mindfulness

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The girl’s mother could see that her daughter was starting to get anxious. Her daughter’s eyes were beginning to widen and her face was starting to flush. Then the questions began with her daughter seeking reassurance from her that everything would be ok. The mother looked at her daughter calmly and told her, “I think it would be a good time to start quieting your…

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…

Back to Basics: Timeout

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“Stop that or you will go to timeout! Do you want to go to timeout?” This phrase is often heard coming out of parents’ mouths at home and almost any other place where children can be found. Timeout has gotten into the national vocabulary of parents. In our jobs as a pediatrician and school psychologist, we often ask parents about how their child is disciplined.…