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 is the consensus on children using walkers?
Rene Hackney: Walkers are seen as been dangerous, that children who are placed in walkers and those other toys that move around the room with the baby inside, children are being hurt in those in a wide variety of ways. One on the little end, they may get their fingers pinch when they bump up against things, but also young children who are put in walkers all of a sudden are very mobile, they get around the places where they shouldn t be, they maybe able to pull things down on top of themselves off of counters and off of table tops. There is also the dangerousness of going downstairs or going down just a difference in the flooring in the household where the child may topple over.