Parenting

Conversations with Dr. Donna, Parenting

When Should You Toilet Train Your Child?

Elizabeth Wilcox

Are you interested in knowing just when your child is ready to be toilet trained? About two dozen people joined the Beginnings School and Child Development Center on Tuesday, October 24 to learn more about when to start and how to succeed at toilet...

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

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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Emotional Intelligence from the Beginning

Dr. Donna Housman

You may have read about Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in the news recently and thought, “That sounds familiar!” In fact, SEL has been roaming the halls of Beginnings School since it’s very beginning in 1985. Our teachers attend weekly clinical...

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At Home and At School

Jonathan Sommer

  We had a great time at this year's annual end of the year picnic. It truly was a celebration of all the wonderful things that we've accomplished over the past year. Children have learned, grown, and found new friends- some of whom will last a...

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Watch "When our Heads Say 'No' But Our Hearts Say 'Yes': Setting Limits With Our Children"

Jonathan Sommer

So often our kids' plans and agendas may differ from or clash with our own.  This can result in tears and/or tantrums.  Parents often wonder if these differences can be dealt with in ways that result in a positive outcome. Limit setting can help!...

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In the News

Beginnings to China: An Early Learning, Cross-Cultural Collaboration
In late September, Beginnings School founder and Housman Institute CEO Dr. Donna Housman visited...
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...