Defiant Kids and the “No” Machine

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The mother asked her five year old son, “Pick up the blocks from the hallway. It is time to get ready for lunch.” The little boy shouts, “No! You can’t make me!” He then proceeds to pick up a block and throw it towards his mother. The mother has noticed that her son has been saying, “no” to more and more of her requests and…

Medical Homes Matter for Kids

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“The lion ate him!” said the two year old boy to his father. The father smiled and said, “Yes, that’s what happened in the story we read last night.” Young children often say things that are out of context which leaves most adults befuddled as to what a child is talking about. The only adults that will understand are the ones who have spent time…

Using Family Pictures to Teach Storytelling

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The mother and her three year old son were huddled on the couch and looking at pictures of the family’s summer vacation at the beach. “Oh, this is a good one. You were just finishing your ice cream sandwich when your brother started chasing you with the hose,” said the mother. Her son looked at her expectantly and asked, “What happened next mom?” The simple…

Failure is an Option

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The mother hears the alarm go off to wake up her daughter for school. The alarm stops and several minutes go by without a sign of her daughter coming down the stairs. The mother stops her own morning preparations to go pry her daughter out of bed yet again. This is followed by preparing her daughter’s breakfast and getting her bag packed for the day.…

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