Failure is an Option

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The mother hears the alarm go off to wake up her daughter for school. The alarm stops and several minutes go by without a sign of her daughter coming down the stairs. The mother stops her own morning preparations to go pry her daughter out of bed yet again. This is followed by preparing her daughter’s breakfast and getting her bag packed for the day.…

Cost of Yelling at Kids

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“Put that down!” yelled the mother at her four year old daughter. “I don’t know what has gotten into you, but you are pushing my buttons today.” The mother continued to yell at her daughter as she cleaned up the spilled cereal her daughter had been attempting to put into a bowl. Once she had finished her rant and saw the look on her daughter’s…

How Anxiety Can Be Hidden in Kids

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.
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“Aren’t those some girls from your class?” asked the father, “You should go over there and say hello.” His seven year old daughter shook her head and said, “I can’t. I don’t know what to say. I am too shy anyway.” The father was not sure what to do next. He just didn’t understand why his daughter was so reluctant to even say hello to…

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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