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Emotional Intelligence

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The foundation for future learning is established between birth and age six. During this time, a child transitions from dependence to independence, and develops an emotional blueprint that informs every aspect of his or her life. Emotional intelligence – the ability to understand and manage feelings – is considered the driving force behind intellectual and social achievement, and the strongest indicator of human success.

Emotional intelligence can be fostered most effectively during the preschool years, regardless of the genetic or temperamental ...

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Addressing lying in older children

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Pretend your son and his friend are playing basketball in the driveway. When his friend hits at long range and proceeds to celebrate, your son gets angry and hurls the ball at him. When you intervene he insists he didn’t do what you just witnessed through the window.

Now what?

When it’s obvious a child is lying, tell him that you (or another witness) saw him do what he denies. Then you must ...

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Remembering Ginny Steininger

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The Hanna Perkins family is mourning the loss of Virginia Steininger, who died in her home on Aug. 24. She was 89.

Steininger taught kindergarten, and was a teacher and director at Solon Cooperative Preschool before becoming the director of the child-care program at the Cuyahoga Valley Vocational School. There she taught courses in child development and helped establish the first public preschool in Ohio for children with difficulties. She then came to Hanna Perkins, where she served for 16 years ...

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Stacey Kramer appointed Director of Finance & Human Resources

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Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

For more information:
Karen Baer, CEO
kbaer@hannaperkins.org
216-991-4472

Stacey Kramer is appointed Director of Finance & Human Resources
at Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development

Thursday, Aug. 10, 2018

SHAKER HEIGHTS – Hanna Perkins Center has announced the appointment of Stacey Kramer as Director of Finance & Human Resource.

In her role, Kramer will oversee the non-profit agency’s financial and staffing operations, as well as billing and insurance reimbursement functions ...

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Dealing with stranger anxiety

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Parenting has always been stressful, but now more than ever it seems. So my heart goes out to moms and dads who struggle with the issue of how to keep their children safe without instilling undue fear – fear that can lead a child to heightened levels of stranger anxiety.

Stranger anxiety is a normal part of development that occurs in most children around the age of 6 or 7 months, and it ...

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Fernway School: Helping children with the unexpected

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The fire that broke out at Fernway Elementary School on July 10 surprised Shaker Heights residents, young and old.  Anyone who has a history and connection with the school feels a sense of sadness and loss. People are sharing their thoughts, memories, and feelings about their experiences and are trying to process the unexpected.

Children often are challenged by surprising events, and need parents and sometimes professionals who can help make sense of what seems senseless. Loss of any kind, even ...

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The wisdom and continued relevance of Mr. Rogers

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In 1969, the legendary Mr. Rogers made a legendary appearance before the Subcommittee on Communications. His goal was to lobby for continued funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. In the process, his words about the inner life of children nearly brought an initially skeptical Sen. John O. Pastore to tears.

Those words are as relevant today as they were then. Perhaps more so:

“If we can only  make it clear that feelings are mentionable and manageable, we will have done a ...

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A parenting technique that really works: Focus on the child’s “self”

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At a workshop on parenting sponsored by The Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development (HPC), Licensed Independent Social Worker and HPC Child Psychoanalyst and Therapist Deborah Paris addressed a range of questions and concerns, including this one:

Q: I keep hearing about “attachment parenting” and other parenting techniques. Is there a particular technique that you like?

A:  My preferred technique is whatever works best in promoting healthy development. It begins with understanding there are certain goals in raising young children:

  • Self care
  • Self regulation
  • Self ...
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The Parkland school shooting: What your children need right now

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Another horrific event has occurred, and it will dominate the news and social media for days and weeks.

Except for the very youngest children, you won’t likely succeed in sheltering them from it. They will seek to understand what they see and hear, trying to put it into the context of what they know about the normal and expected.

The amount of information children need from parents in such situations differs depending on the child and, of course, his or her age. Here ...

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