Originally a full-time preschool teacher, Dr. Rene Hackney now holds a Master?s in school psychology and a PhD. in developmental psychology from George Mason University. She trained at the Developmental Clinic at Children?s National Medical Center and for the public schools, teaching in parenting programs at each. She has also acted as a consultant to several area preschools.
For the last four years, Dr. Hackney has owned and lectured for Parenting Playgroups, Inc, a parenting resource center and preschool classroom in Alexandria Virginia. She has offered workshops to a wide
range of parent, teacher and social work groups during this time.
Workshop topics include eight hours on positive discipline techniques, five hours on early academic issues and common issues such as sibling rivalry and potty training. All workshops provide well researched lecture, in-class practice and open discussion time. Additionally she hosts a monthly parenting focused book club and fun play programs to introduce the preschool setting to young families.
Dr. Hackney is married and has two young children of her own.
Host: How can parents keep kids on track while following verbal directions?
Rene Hackney: Keeping children on track means checking in with them more often than you would otherwise. Often times, if children get lost in the directions, if a parent is not right there, to checking on them, they are lost in the task and they don t complete it. So, the idea is be available and be ready to give support, when needed as opposed to just being absent, once the directions are given. You might also teach children to work from an outline, to check off the things they have done, or to write down the things, they have done, so, they can keep themselves, in line themselves.