Parenting Criticism vs. Praise and the “Good Job” Jockey

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

As people get older, our interactions with them start to change. We tend to criticize more often and forget to praise the good things that are done. The assumption becomes that everyone should do good and be reminded when they don’t. The research does not bear this out as we need praise at all ages, but especially as children. Researchers have identified a general ratio…

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…