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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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    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: 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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    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 their children (10 years old and 6.5 years old) walk a mile home by themselves. The couple is being...

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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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    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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    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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    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 lifetime. Whether this year was your first at Beginnings, or if this year marks your child's...

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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! Learn how to listen to your kids so your kids will listen to you by watching this...

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