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…

Tortoise vs Hare Style Parenting

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The race was a hotly anticipated one of the tortoise versus the hare. The hare looked very good and quite fast. The tortoise looked plain, slow, and generally boring. The hare was the crowd favorite and as soon as the pistol sounded, the hare tore out of the starting gate to develop a large lead while the tortoise slowly started forward. The hare, however, saw…

Building a Child by Giving Good Structure

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Benjamin Franklin came up with this proverb and most people focus on the final portion regarding death and taxes. What is often missed is the beginning of the proverb which is quite important, particularly when working with children. Uncertainty in the world is guaranteed and has to be dealt with as…

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