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Parenting Resources

The Country Day School offers the expertise of School and Developmental Psychologist, Dr. Rene Hackney to families.

About Dr. Rene:

Rene serves as Director of Parent Education and teaches the Parent-Child Program. She has served on the Board of Directors and her daughters attended The Country Day School. With her practical and balanced approach, parents learn best practices that lead to happy and healthy children. You may find more about her background on her website.

Dr. Rene is on hand as a parent resource. Current CDS families may reach out to Dr. Rene with questions or issues they may have. She is reachable via email or by calling the main office (703) 356-4282 to schedule a time to talk or meet in her office.

Parenting Workshops

Throughout the school year, Dr. Rene leads a variety of Parenting Workshops. These events are free of charge for CDS Families. We do ask that you RSVP to Rene so that we are able to accommodate all attendees. Workshops are held virtually on Thursdays 8-9:30PM.

Thursdays at 8:00 p.m.

Sept. 29

Teaching Diversity and Persona Dolls

Oct. 20

Kindergarten Readiness

Nov. 17

Managing Mealtimes and Picky Eaters

Dec. 15


Jan. 26

Sleep Issues and Bedtime Routines

Feb. 23

Potty Training

Mar. 23

Helping Children Manage Big Feelings

Apr. 20

Self Esteem

Apr. 27

All About Play

May 25

Parenting as a Couple

All workshops are virtual

Thursdays at 12:00 noon

Sept. 29

Language Development

Oct. 20

Managing Aggression

Nov. 17

Overindulgence and Overscheduling

Dec. 15

Honesty, Respect, and Manners

Jan. 12 – Mar. 2

Positive Discipline

Apr. 20

Screentime Decisions

May 25

Sibling Relationships

All workshops are virtual

To submit questions ahead of workshops, please email Dr. Rene Hackney rhackney@countryday.org.