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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...

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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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School Happenings

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...

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preschool, Preschool Cambridge, preschool natick, experiments, flu season, Preschool Newton, kindergarten, Kindergarten Weston, preschool wayland, Preschool Wellesley, Preschool Weston, School Happenings, Science, STEM

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...

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