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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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Conversations with Dr. Donna, emotion regulation, Limit Setting, Parenting

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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Dr. Donna Housman, Emotional Intelligence, Op-Ed

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

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

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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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
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A Tribute to Dr. T. Berry Brazelton
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Day Care Center vs. Child Development Center
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Building Blocks at Beginnings
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