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: Are there advantages to potty training in day care centers?
Rene Hackney: It s really nice to have children who are in day care centers, who are in pre-schools for the potty training process, because often they have lots of other kids around who are in the same boat; they are all potty training at the same time. So, the benefit is that teachers can take them all at the same time, they get to observe each other, which really helps children learn how to potty train and they go at very regular times, they often tend to go as soon as they will come in and then before lunch and so kids get dependent, they just try because they are supposed to try it.