• Conversations with Dr. Donna

    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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  • 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

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  • Op-Ed

    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 peers while the other has been taught to express his feelings with words. So, what can parents...

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  • Op-Ed

    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, when a child is being bullied, parents might notice some irregular behaviors including a...

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    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. One troubling trend is that bullying behavior can start in a child as young as three years old....

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  • Op-Ed

    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 praiseworthy ‘approval.’ But I believe the development of children’s budding self-esteem...

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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 right) snow to play in as well! We're excited to invite all of our Beginnings families, and others...
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    Limits in the Cereal Aisle: Coco Puffs vs. Cheerios

    Dr. Donna Housman       

    We’ve all been there. Those awkward few moments when you know your child’s emotions are about to run hot in the cereal aisle of the grocery store. You, wise and sensible parent, are choosing to bring home the healthy choice, but your toddler has already eyed the sugar coated and chocolate filled cereal that will harm your angel’s newly...
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    Preventing the Spread of Germs

    Dr. Donna Housman       

    As New England's brisk weather settles in during these late autumn months, we are reminded that the flu is nipping at our heels. Once you hear that first sneeze or cough in your child's classroom, you fear that your child will be the next to catch the bug. The truth is that germs spread in preschool just as quickly as they do in a petri...

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