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 the activities are too difficult or too easy for the child?
Rene Hackney: If you find things that are too difficult for the children, for a preschooler having to get their own toothbrush ready maybe too much detail, it s either breaking the task down and letting them get the toothbrush out, but not ready or giving them other things that are easier to do.
If you have got a child though, something to them seems so easy, they have done it a hundred times, they are really bored with it, you might want to cross that one off your list and shake up at what you are offering them to do a bit, so that they feel challenged and they feel like they are actually contributing rather than doing something that s so boring.