• emotion regulation

    Why Teaching Emotional Competence to Young Children Matters So Much

    Dr. Donna Housman       

    In December, Nobel Laureate in Economics and University of Chicago Professor James Heckman released another report  evidencing that quality early childhood education provides persistent boosts in socio-emotional skills and that...

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    It’s Okay to Tell Your Children You’re Angry

    Dr. Donna Housman       

    As a psychologist and founder of a child development center, I work with young children on building emotional competence. Emotional competence, research shows, is a critical foundation in achieving lifelong academic and social success, as well as overall wellbeing. Emotional competence is comprised of emotion knowledge and emotion regulation....

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    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 firm limits during this season of “gimme gimme...please." Limit setting is one of the most...

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