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 child refuses to train for poop?
Rene Hackney: Well, there are some children who get trained to go pee on the potty and not poop, who still want their diaper or their pull-up for going poop, which is really hard, it becomes a frustrating process. But what is suggested by this method is that parents allow the child to have their diaper or their pull-up for going poop, if they are hesitant to do that and really just encourage, Wow, you know how to pee-pee on the potty, you go on that potty everyday, when you are ready I know you will put your poop their too. It s letting it go at their pace, as opposed to at the parent pace. Hopefully, the child will, as they get more comfortable, go ahead and sit on the potty to poop as well.