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.

“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…

An Ounce of Communication is Worth a Pound of Yelling

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The first nine weeks of school arrives and the report card comes home. Mom opens her child’s report card to find that her little Einstein is failing a class and barely passing a couple of others. When she shows the report to the boy, he says, “My teacher is horrible. She never explains anything and just says I should get it!” This is all that…

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