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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...

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

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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Conversations with Dr. Donna, Beginnings School Weston, 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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Parenting, Conversations with Dr. Donna, emotion regulation, Limit Setting

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...

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Op-Ed, Dr. Donna Housman, Emotional Intelligence

Helping Hands: The Importance of Cleaning Up

Dr. Donna Housman

Let’s face it…life can get messy, especially at home with the kids. But it doesn’t matter whether you are a kid at heart or a kid who just wants an extra hour of play time, clean up time is important. Like many parents who can relate to this Wall...

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Op-Ed, Parenting, Beginnings School Weston, bullying, bullying prevention month

Bullying: What Parents Can Do About It

Dr. Donna Housman

Not all parents are parents of emotionally smart and aware children. When bullying occurs, it becomes clear that teaching emotional intelligence makes a difference. Conflict erupts when one child behaves in ways that exert power and control over his...

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Op-Ed, Emotional Intelligence, bullying, bullying prevention month

Bullying Pains

Dr. Donna Housman

When it comes to bullying, everyone is hurting—parents, teachers, children, including the bully, believe it or not. It’s a stressful problem that needs to be regulated and identified in children—both in young targets and young oppressors. Typically,...

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October, Conversations with Dr. Donna, Emotional Intelligence, bullying

Bullying Prevention Month

Dr. Donna Housman

This month, schools nationwide are joining forces in a big fight—a fight against bullying. It’s an important issue for parents, caregivers, and teachers to anticipate; that's why I have been raising awareness about the problem for about 30 years....

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Op-Ed, Parenting, Praise, Emotional Intelligence, Feedback, Beginnings School Weston

Parenting & Praising

Dr. Donna Housman

As parents, it’s natural for us to be our children’s loudest cheerleaders. But we have to be careful with how we root for the home team. When we see something that we believe is praiseworthy, we offer what we think is a confidence boost with a...

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School Happenings

The Winter Festival is around the corner!

Dr. Donna Housman

We're excited to be hosting our third annual Winter Festival here at Beginnings School on Saturday, February 8th. I hope you'll all come and join us for the event – it’ll be a great time, with science fun, animals to meet, and (if forecasts are...

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In the News

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
Reading to children at night, responding to their smiles with a smile, returning their...
Day Care Center vs. Child Development Center
We all want what is best for our children. We also know that the first years of a child’s life...
Building Blocks at Beginnings
We were very much struck by this recent article in Forbes Magazine that addressed how people with...