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    Why Begin to…ECSEL Supports the Growth of Emotional Intelligence

    Dr. Donna Housman       

    Beginnings School and Child Development Center is steeped in the knowledge that emotional intelligence matters. A large body of research has shown that developing the skills associated with emotional intelligence can have a profound impact on academic, career and overall life success. Moreover, researchers in the field of child development and...

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    Building Blocks at Beginnings

    Elizabeth Wilcox       

    We were very much struck by this recent article in Forbes Magazine that addressed how people with emotional intelligence respond in times of high stress. What...

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    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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    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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    Bullying Prevention Month

    Dr. Donna Housman       

    This month, schools nationwide are joining forces in a big fight—a fight against bullying. It’s an important issue for parents, caregivers, and teachers to anticipate; that's why I have been raising awareness about the problem for about 30 years. One troubling trend is that bullying behavior can start in a child as young as three years old....

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    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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    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 trainings, conducted by founder and clinical psychologist, Dr. Donna Housman, in order to utilize...

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    Video of Bullying Prevention Seminar

    Jonathan Sommer       

    The fight against bullying starts with us but in order to effectively guide our children we must have the tools needed for success. In this seminar Dr. Housman, Founder of Beginnings School, discussed the concept of emotional intelligence and how, when taught to children from a very young age, it can better prepare them with confidence and...

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    Stop Bullying Before it Starts by Arming Our Children with Emotional Intelligence

    Jonathan Sommer       

    The fight against bullying starts with us but in order to effectively guide our children we must have the tools needed for success. This seminar will delve into the concept of emotional intelligence and how, when taught to children from a very young age, it can better prepare them with confidence and resiliency for handling bullying and...

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    Love Is Not Enough When Emotions Run Hot: Secrets for Successful Parenting

    Dr. Donna Housman       

    What to do? What to think? How to feel? After a long day at the office, away from my child, it’s time to pick him up and finally have some ‘quality time’ together. I finally arrive at his school, enter his classroom to find him either immersed in some creative activity or busily engaged with another child. Looking forward to seeing him and...

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