• Early Childhood Education

    Why Teaching Emotional Competence to Young Children Matters So Much

    Dr. Donna Housman       

    In December, Nobel Laureate in Economics and University of Chicago Professor James Heckman released another report  evidencing that quality early childhood education provides persistent boosts in socio-emotional skills and that...

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  • Early Childhood Education

    Why Creative Play Matters

    Dr. Donna Housman       

    I just read an interesting piece in The Atlantic that stressed the importance of creative play. The article includes an interview with psychology professor and writer Alison Gopnik about her latest book The Gardener and the Carpenter that argues that parents should encourage their...

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  • Early Childhood Education

    Closing the Achievement Gap through High-Quality Early Education

    Dr. Donna Housman       

    “Ensuring that all children are entering kindergarten with the foundational academic skills they need to succeed is a major priority for researchers, policymakers, and practitioners alike. Early childhood education programs show promise toward this goal. Research suggests that participation in a high-quality early childhood education program can...
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  • Op-Ed

    Boston Globe Letters: At age 5, focus should be on emotions, not testing

    Dr. Donna Housman       

    Dr. Donna Housman's thoughts on the shortcomings of Common Core were recently published in the Sunday Globe. Dr. Housman responded to

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    Order in the Court: The Case of Sibling Rivalries

    Dr. Donna Housman       

    Do you ever feel like you’re more of a judge or a football referee than a parent? Are you always breaking up disputes over stolen toys and consoling at least one child in tears? Sibling rivalry is a common parenting concern worth addressing. Before your kids bring down the house, here are a few helpful suggestions you can store in your parenting...

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  • Op-Ed

    Parenting: Where Quality Matters

    Dr. Donna Housman       

    Feel like you’re a part-time parent? When you finally go to bed at night, do you lie awake feeling guilty, wondering if you did enough with your children and for your children? There’s now some relief for working parents bogged down by full-time corporate demands and hours spent away from home or tied to some laptop or mobile phone. A new...

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    Parenting a Generation of “Selfies”

    Dr. Donna Housman       

    From princesses and queen-bees to golden boys and superstars, it seems like most kids these days are into one thing--themselves...a problem that researchers are blaming on parents. This new study out of the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands suggests that parents who overvalue their children could likely be producing narcissistic...

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    Walking a Mile in Your Shoes

    Dr. Donna Housman       

    From disciplining to vaccinating, parenting is tough and, at times, controversial. Entering the realm is a rather novel concept called 'free-range' parenting. I'm sure you are familiar by now of the Maryland couple under investigation for allowing their children (10 years old and 6.5 years old) walk a mile home by themselves. The couple is being...

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    Routines during Recess

    Dr. Donna Housman       

    It’s the season for winter breaks. This is the longest break of the school year. Up until this point, your child has acclimated to a schedule which includes bedtimes, breakfasts, drop-offs, nap times, and pickups. This has become natural for children; it is how things go for them throughout the day. But for the next two weeks or so, things will...

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    The Season of “Gimme”

    Dr. Donna Housman       

    The holidays can be a stressful time for all of us, but there is hope in finding the joy of the season for you and your children, when we practice limit setting. To avoid an inevitably overwhelming time of indulgence, children need consistent and firm limits during this season of “gimme gimme...please." Limit setting is one of the most...

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