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When Should You Toilet Train Your Child?

Elizabeth Wilcox

Are you interested in knowing just when your child is ready to be toilet trained? About two dozen people joined the Beginnings School and Child Development Center on Tuesday, October 24 to learn more about when to start and how to succeed at toilet...

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Beginnings School Weston, Dr. Donna Housman, Early Childhood Education, emotion regulation, emotional competence

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 socio-emotional skills...

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Creative Play, 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...

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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...

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Common Core, emotional competence, emotions, kindergarten, Op-Ed, self-regulation

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 Is the Common Core killing kindergarten?. She wrote about the importance of self-regulation from the beginning and...

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Conversations with Dr. Donna, Parenting, Sibling Rivalry

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...

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children, mom, Op-Ed, Parenting, Stress, working parents

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...

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Beginnings School Weston, Conversations with Dr. Donna, Dr. Donna Housman, modeling, narcissism, preschool, self-esteem

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...

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children, Conversations with Dr. Donna, free-range parenting, Parenting

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...

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Beginnings School Weston, Conversations with Dr. Donna, Holiday, routine, schedule, Winter Break

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...

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In the News

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Beginnings to China: An Early Learning, Cross-Cultural Collaboration
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Dr Housman Speaks at Harvard Graduate School
On Saturday, April 21, Beginnings School and Housman Institute Founder Dr. Donna Housman spoke on...
Why Begin to…ECSEL Supports the Growth of Emotional Intelligence
Beginnings School and Child Development Center is steeped in the knowledge that emotional...
A Tribute to Dr. T. Berry Brazelton
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