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…

The Right Way to E-mail Teachers

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

Open communication between teachers, their students, and parents is one of the keys for students doing well in classes. Many parents rely on e-mail as a quick and efficient way of maintaining communication with teachers. However, the communication between home and school can quickly get sidetracked when parents send e-mails to teachers like the one below. “My child just told me you wouldn’t accept her…

Halloween Can Spook Young Children

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

Witches, ghouls, and black cats prowl through the night looking for the next house to enter. There are people screaming and others running around the streets with bags in their hands containing their ill-gotten gains. All around are masked people and nothing looks familiar as the night begins to descend leaving only the glow of street lights. This description of Halloween can be quite frightening…

Parents Need to Talk to Their Babies

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“Come quick, I think he is about to say it again!” said the father as he frantically gestured for his wife to come by the baby. The baby boy looked up at both is parents and said, “Da-da”. Both parents looked excitedly at each other and in unison said, “His first word!” Many infants say their first word around six months of age. However, the…