Difference Between Being Sorry and Punishment

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

One of the great responsibilities parents have is to get their children to behave well when out in public. If parents succeed, then their children become well-adjusted adults and society views those parents as having done their job well. If they fail, there is a steep cost for parents where condemnation often comes from the look on other adults’ faces or having another adult come…

Cost of Online Social Networks for Tweens

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“Can I get a Facebook account?” asked the sixth grader to her parents. “All of my friends are on it and I feel left out because I don’t have an account,” she argued. She wrapped up by saying, “Besides, Facebook is free and you won’t have to pay anything for me to join.” By middle school, most children have joined a social network. Facebook continues…

Nightmares and Night Terrors in Children

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The children were finally asleep and their parents were looking forward to a little relaxation time before turning in for the night. Suddenly, they heard a shriek from their four year old daughter’s room. They rushed upstairs to find her thrashing around and screaming. When they tried to go comfort her, she pushed them away and didn’t even seem to recognize them. After a few…

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