Mental Health Tips for the Holidays

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The mother was thinking about everything that needed to get done before Christmas and the holidays. First, she had to make sure all of the kids had their presents and stocking stuffers. Then, she needed to go to the grocery store to pick up food and ingredients for the meals and snacks that everyone enjoys. Third, her husband had to pick up their relatives from…

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…

Secrets for Making Timeout Work

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.
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“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…

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