Defiant Kids and the “No” Machine

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The mother asked her five year old son, “Pick up the blocks from the hallway. It is time to get ready for lunch.” The little boy shouts, “No! You can’t make me!” He then proceeds to pick up a block and throw it towards his mother. The mother has noticed that her son has been saying, “no” to more and more of her requests and…

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…

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…

Problems When Parents Spank Kids

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“I told you to stop doing that!” yelled the mother as she spanked her three year old son’s behind. Her son lets out a yelp and stops what he was doing. The mother does not feel happy that she had to spank her son, but it did get results. The problem is that spanking is not as successful as parents would like to think it…

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