• Op-Ed

    A Toddler Teacher’s Reflection: By Susan B. Hughes

    Elizabeth Wilcox       

    From the moment you enter the classroom, to the end of the day when you turn out the lights, our begin to…ECSEL teaching approach guides our day. When I enter the classroom to set it up for the morning, I am mindful of making sure that our teaching tools for emotional, cognitive and social development are ready for the day. I have learned how...

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    Boston Globe Letters: At age 5, focus should be on emotions, not testing

    Dr. Donna Housman       

    Dr. Donna Housman's thoughts on the shortcomings of Common Core were recently published in the Sunday Globe. Dr. Housman responded to

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  • Op-Ed

    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 corporate demands and hours spent away from home or tied to some laptop or mobile phone. A new...

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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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  • 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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  • Op-Ed

    Teach Instead of Test

    Dr. Donna Housman       

    Recently I read an article in the Boston Globe, “What to Test Instead” (Ideas, September 16), which I found to be a thought-provoking piece really highlighting what is critical in educating our children. The ability to...

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  • Op-Ed

    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 Daily News, “Emotional, social, and creative skills – often acquired outside the classroom –...

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  • Op-Ed

    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 significance of the strong emotional bond of the child to the mother/caregivers during childhood.  It...

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