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 if a child is reluctant to spend or to save?
Rene Hackney: Reluctant to spend, it means showing them, what things are fun and how they can use their money in and maybe pulling money with them, you might want to try some more fun things, like saying, "Wow! If you can ship in half of this I'll do the other half. If they are reluctant to save, you can make it more fun that way too, you can say, "Hey for every $5 you save I'll give you an extra dollar.
" That 401K plan where you are kicking in an extra amount and making it a more fun process. So, the idea is just kind of loosen up and lighten up and help them enjoy it.