Pay Attention to Inattention

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“How many times have I told you to pay attention? You just seem to space out. No wonder you aren’t doing well in school,” said the mother to her son. The father chimed in, “I don’t understand why you can’t pay attention. You just need to try harder.” The child looks miserable and both parents are starting to think that their son might have ADHD.…

Corporal Punishment at Home

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

This week’s episode looks at home corporal punishment is done in the homes of young children. We are featuring a journal article this week titled Eavesdropping on the family: A pilot investigation of corporal punishment in the home. The authors used audio recorders to monitor 33 mothers with young children during the early evening hours to see how they resolved their children’s misbehavior. The authors…

Making Sure Little Swimmers are Safe

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

Water can serve as a magnet for children. Something about it is innately appealing whether the water is a rain puddle or a swimming pool. As summer gets underway, scores of children head out to play in pools. In addition, families go on vacations to be around water by heading to the beach or going to the lake. Unfortunately, children’s fascination with water can be…

Monitoring Kids in Digital Age

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

A ping goes off as the mother glances down at her smart phone and notices that her son just lost a behavior point in his class. She makes a mental note to talk him about it when he gets home from school. Later in the day, while the mother is waiting in line, she checks to see what her son had to eat at school.…