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Secrets to Success: Not Overcompensating for Divorce

Dr. Donna Housman

Many parents who have gone through a divorce feel guilty about it with their children and feel they need to compensate to try to spare their children any ill feelings whatsoever. If a teacher was disappointed in them, they come to the rescue. If...

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Season for Learning and Play

Dr. Donna Housman

While parents know how to keep their children’s education on track during the school year, they struggle with how they should continue to promote learning during the summertime. According to an article written by Dr. Donna Housman in The Metrowest...

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July Open House!

Jonathan Sommer

Beginnings School will be holding an Open House on Tuesday July 17th from 9-11am and Wednesday July 18th from 9-11am.  In addition we will be holding a special evening Open House on Wednesday, July 18th from 7-8pm.  Come meet our staff, tour the...

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Secrets to Success: Giving Reasons

Dr. Donna Housman

Something as simple as giving reasons to back up our rules and decisions can help our children accept our answers, even when they aren't the answers they are hoping to hear!  I know when I was a kid, my parents would say “I want you to come home by...

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End of the Year Picnic!

Jonathan Sommer

  Despite the precarious weather conditions yesterday, the rain died down about an hour before the event and we were able to hold our annual End of the Year Picnic. Beginnings parents, teachers, and staff flocked to the school (many bearing treats)...

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Secrets to Success: Bedtime Belligerence

Dr. Donna Housman

I am continually impressed with how loving and dedicated most parents are in wanting to raise their children in the best possible fashion. Raising children is difficult, while raising healthy, socially aware, and well-behaved children is one of the...

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Something Amiss in Attachment Parenting

Dr. Donna Housman

There is much being said these days about attachment parenting; a 20 year old parenting philosophy developed by a pediatrician from the Midwest named Dr. William Sears.  The theory is based on the attachment theory in psychology concerning the...

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Secrets to Success: The Power of Imaginative Play

Dr. Donna Housman

Imaginative play increases a child’s concentration and attention span.  Researchers conducted a study to demonstrate that a child’s ability to control their impulses is much better when imagining a dramatic scene than a non-play situation.  When...

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How We Can Stop Bullying Before it Starts

Dr. Donna Housman

Bullying is a national epidemic; in the news and on the net. Lady Gaga has established a foundation, President Obama has weighed in, and students and celebrities are sharing their own personal stories on Facebook and Twitter.  Without question,...

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Secrets to Success: Overscheduling

Dr. Donna Housman

Are you overscheduling your kids?  It starts out innocently enough…soccer on the weekends, then piano lessons, then your daughter’s best friend signs up for dance classes and she pleads you to sign her up too.  Next thing you know, you’re running...

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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...