Who is Mad, Sad, Glad, or Scared?

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

Several 4-year olds are playing in a daycare. All of a sudden, Stevie grabs a toy out of Johnny’s hand. Johnny screams, “That’s mine!” Stevie responds by swinging the toy and hitting Johnny in the arm. Johnny immediately bursts into tears as a daycare provider comes swooping into the fray. The daycare worker quickly figures out what happens and reprimands Stevie and gives the toy…

Teaching Children Differences of Tattling and Telling

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“She just dropped all of the glitter on the floor and didn’t put down the paper like you told us,” said the brother to his mother. “Now, what did I tell you about tattling on your sister?” said the mother, “You let me worry about your sister.” The mother, like most parents, is experiencing the tattling phase of child development. It is an age that…