What should a parent do when a child has finished following directions?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Parenting educator Dr. Rene Hackney talks about what a parent should do when a child has finished following directions.

    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 should a parent do, when a child has finished following directions?

    Rene Hackney: Once the child has finished following directions, it s a good idea for the parent to go back and review with the child, what was the initial plan and what was the outcome? Parent can ask the child what steps do they follow, what were they able to accomplish? If the child did miss out on any of the directions, reviewing with the child, why or why not that direction was followed, or figuring out if that was an important step and what they can do to reconcile at the end. It's teaching children to go back and review their work based on the initial directions.