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: Why is it important to teach children about spending, saving, and charity?
Rene Hackney: It's important to teach children about spending and saving and charity because in the long run, those are lessons they are going to need to have. Many children, many families focus all on savings and then they get a child who doesn't really know about how to spend money or how to comparative shop, or how to plan a budget and so the idea is when a child is thinking, they are going to go spend their money, talk to them about how it is they want to spend their money, what it's about. Help them break down a budget and then help them to or list a shopping list and then teach them to work from that list. If they are only taught about savings, the spending may get out of hand really quickly. The idea of teaching about charity is that it's something that if it's part of their lives overall, they will continue to do it down the long run.