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Dr. Rene H. Doctor of Philosophy

Specialty: Clinical Psychology
Alexandria, Virginia
Dr. Rene Hackney currently owns and teaches at Parenting Playgroups, Inc. in Alexandria, VA. She lectures to thousands of parents, teachers and social workers in the Washington DC area on a wide range of parenting related topics each year. She holds a PhD. in developmental psychology and a M.A.... Full Bio
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Good Children's Books By Topic by Dr. Rene H. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting New Baby Hello Baby by Rockwell Before You Were Born by Davis & Cornell Julius baby of the World by Henkes Siblings Big Sister, Little Sister by Zolotow & Alexa ... Read on »
Recommended Reading List by Dr. Rene H. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Discipline Positive Discipline by Nelsen Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline by Bailey How to Talk so Kids Will Listen and Listen so Kids Will Talk by Faber & Mazlis ... Read on »
Social Entry by Dr. Rene H. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Social entry is how children get into ongoing play. Imagine you and your child walk into a busy preschool classroom. There are four children already playing in the houseke ... Read on »
starting school by Dr. Rene H. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting I need your help!!! My six year old daughter Amy is having some anxiety related to starting school soon. She has been having difficulty going to bed at night; this seems to be ... Read on »
Missing Preschool Days by Dr. Rene H. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting My four year old son, Nathan, is a very picky eater. I have read and tried all sorts of different tactics... unsuccessfully. I'm sure some (possibly much) is control related, ... Read on »
Recognizes Letters by Dr. Rene H. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting My four year old son recognizes all of his upper and lower case letters. What is the next step? Sincerely, Karen Mother of two, ages four and three years De ... Read on »
Grandparent in Hospital by Dr. Rene H. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Dear Dr. Hackney, My four year old has a very close relationship with my parents. Recently, my mother has been hospitalized and has a poor prognosis. What do we t ... Read on »
Recognizes Letters by Dr. Rene H. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Dear Dr. Hackney, My four year old son recognizes all of his upper and lower case letters. What is the next step? Sincerely, Karen Mother of two, ... Read on »
Missing Preschool Days by Dr. Rene H. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Dear Dr. Hackney, My four year old son, Nathan, is a very picky eater. I have read and tried all sorts of different tactics... unsuccessfully. I'm sure some (poss ... Read on »
starting school by Dr. Rene H. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Dear Dr. Hackney, I need your help!!! My six year old daughter Amy is having some anxiety related to starting school soon. She has been having difficulty going to ... Read on »
Learn Thru Play by Dr. Rene H. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Dear Dr. Hackney, Our four year-old is scheduled to start Kindergarten in the fall of 2008. We want her to be ready. Should we encourage her to “learn through pla ... Read on »
Forced Apologies by Dr. Rene H. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Dear Dr. Hackney, When my child does something that upsets or hurts another child, I want him to apologize. He may apologize but often is resistant, and it end ... Read on »
refuses to poop on potty by Dr. Rene H. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Dear Dr. Hackney, My 3 ½ year-old son is consistently potty-trained for pee but continues to want diapers for poop. If we refuse diapers, he soils his underwear. ... Read on »
Bribes to Eat Vegis by Dr. Rene H. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Dear Dr. Hackney, My six year old daughter is a very picky eater. We bribe her to eat vegetables and end up negotiating over food at every meal. This doesn’t feel ... Read on »
Difficult Transitions by Dr. Rene H. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Dear Dr. Hackney, I have two 18-month-old boys and want to know a good way to transition them from one task to another, especially when they don't want to end the initial t ... Read on »
5 Year Old Control Issue by Dr. Rene H. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Dear Dr. Hackney, My daughter is five-years-old and on the stubborn side. Her room is very tiny, and she needs more play space, particularly for a dollhouse Santa brought. ... Read on »
Playful at the Dinnertable by Dr. Rene H. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Dear Dr. Hackney, My nearly three year old daughter, Natalie, is a picky eater. Actually, she'll eat a variety of foods, but only after I literally beg her to try the first ... Read on »
Life Lessons at 2 by Dr. Rene H. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Dear Dr. Hackney, I am writing to ask if your classes cover how to teach toddlers, more specifically - the parents, the important “rules?” Our 2 ½ year-old son decided to l ... Read on »
Aggressive 2 Year Old by Dr. Rene H. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Dear Dr. Hackney, I attended your Positive Discipline class. Every time Sean (22 months) goes to hit someone, I say, "Hands down: hitting hurts" while holding his hands dow ... Read on »
Cursing by Dr. Rene H. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Dear Dr. Hackney, Earlier this week, my six year old son was playing Legos, and when the tower he wasworking on fell over, he said "Oh F---!" I fairly calmly called him ove ... Read on »