What are the guidelines for ride-on toys?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Parenting educator Dr. Rene Hackney talks about guidelines for ride-on toys.

    Rene Hackney

    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: What are the guidelines for ride-on toys?

    Rene Hackney: Ride-on toys you want to sure that the child feels sturdy when they are on it. You want the child at least under five years old; you want their feet to both be able to touch the ground, when they are on a ride-on toy. So, that if they do start to feel off balance, they can put their feet right down. Ride-on toys is also recommended and as silly as this sounds that children wear helmets, whenever they are on a ride-on toy, and that includes tricycles or hop at ease. So, when children are on those, their head is protected and they won't be bouncing into things.