Dr. Rene Hackney: Positive Parenting (Old)

Dr. Rene Hackney wears many hats, most notably as wife to husband Troy and mom to beautiful daughters Alicen and Claire. She is also “Miss Rene” to preschoolers and “Dr. Rene” to parents, having earned her MA in school psychology and Ph.D. in developmental psychology. Dr. Rene is also the founder and creator of Parenting Playgroups – Where Parents Learn and Children Play.

In 2004, Rene created Parenting Playgroup’s highly successful Workshops for parents and Programs for children ages 1 to 10 years old. Rene’s practical and balanced approach helps both moms and dads learn about options and best practices that lead to happy, healthy children.

Rene is also a frequently called upon expert who teaches and trains educators and social service providers in the areas of child development. A trusted friend, confidante and colleague, Rene shows her commitment each and every day to the many families enrolled in Parenting Playgroups programs.

For more information about Dr. Rene, check out her websites at:


Dr. Rene’s Recommended Books & Websites

For Parents:
ScreamFree Parenting: The Revolutionary Approach to Raising Your Kids by Keeping Your Cool by Hal Edward Runkel
Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A’s, Praise, and Other Bribes by Alfie Kohn
Winners Never Quit by Mia Hamm & Carol Thompson
Social Skills Games for Children by Deborah Plummer & Jane Serrurier
Anger Management Games for Children by Deborah Plummer & Jane Serrurier
Raise Your Child’s Social IQ: Stepping Stones to People Skills for Kids by Cathi Cohen
The Friendship Factor: Helping Our Children Navigate Their Social World–and Why It Matters for Their Success and Happiness by Kenneth Rubin
Playground Politics: Understanding the Emotional Life of Your School-Age Child by Stanley Greenspan

For Children:
Today I Feel Silly: And Other Moods That Make My Day by Jamie Lee Curtis
My Many Colored Days by Dr. Suess
When Sophie Gets Angry…really, Really Angry by Molly Bang
Personal Space Camp by Julia Cook


Listen to the interviews with Dr. Rene Hackney:
Positive Discipline

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Social Skills for Children

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