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…

Secrets for Making Timeout Work

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“Do you want to go to timeout?” the mother asked her three year old son as he threw his toys around the room. “If you don’t stop this at once, that is where I am going to put you,” continued the mother which had no apparent effect on her son’s behavior. “This is the last time I am going to warn you, then into timeout…

Parents Lose with Empty Threats

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The family van has been rolling down the highway for the past five hours. Mom and Dad are in the front seat and their two children are in the back seat. By this point in the trip, the kids are starting to get antsy. It starts with a slight poke by the sister quickly followed by a punch in the shoulder from the brother. The…

Teaching Children Differences of Tattling and Telling

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“She just dropped all of the glitter on the floor and didn’t put down the paper like you told us,” said the brother to his mother. “Now, what did I tell you about tattling on your sister?” said the mother, “You let me worry about your sister.” The mother, like most parents, is experiencing the tattling phase of child development. It is an age that…