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    Dr Housman Speaks at Harvard Graduate School

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    On Saturday, April 21, Beginnings School and Housman Institute Founder Dr. Donna Housman spoke on the importance of emotional, cognitive and social early learning for children’s lifelong well-being and success at the 2018 China Education Symposium at Harvard Graduate School of Education, entitled “Where We Started, Where We Are...

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    Emotion is our first language

    Elizabeth Wilcox       

    Children communicate through expressions of emotion, which is our first language universally. Knowing one's own and others’ emotions, as well as regulating them, is what is known as emotional competence or, in common parlance, emotional intelligence. Caregivers and early childhood educators are crucial in promoting the growth of these...
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    Assessing Social and Emotional Learning

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    Can we measure the growth of our students’ social and emotional learning skills? Our country’s K-12 principals suggest a resounding yes. According to a 2017 survey from the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), over 80% of K-12...
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    7 Steps to Successful Potty Training

    Elizabeth Wilcox       

    You’ve determined your child is ready for potty-training, what do you do next? As a parent, you can help your child master this important milestone while making the process empowering for you both. “Children learn through observation, modeling, guidance,” says Beginnings Founder and clinical psychologist, Dr. Donna Housman. “How we...
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    Prepare Your Kids for Daylight Savings

    Dr. Donna Housman       

    With the approach of daylight savings, I always have a few parents reach out to me as to how best to handle the daylight shift. In my experience, I have found children’s adjustment often varies by age. The disruption to the young baby’s sleep schedule is worse than the disruption to older children’s who are sleeping through the...

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    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 training children. Parents came away learning some useful pointers, most importantly to pay...
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    NYT David Brooks Stresses Teaching Emotional Competence in Early Childhood Education

    Dr. Donna Housman       

    I was delighted last week to read “The Building Blocks of Learning” by New York Times OpEd columnist David Brooks in which he noted that the most important education environment is the one that surrounds children in the first five years, “when the...
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    The Need for Early Childhood Teacher Training

    Dr. Donna Housman       

    I had the honor of running a workshop last week for the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) at their annual professional development conference on the topic of training educators to teach self-regulation and the building blocks of emotional intelligence. The workshop underscored both...
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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 your kids bring down the house, here are a few helpful suggestions you can store in your parenting...

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    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 suggests that parents who overvalue their children could likely be producing narcissistic...

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