BP - Self-control
Brain Development, child development, Confidence, Develop Concentration, Developing Confidence in your Child; Benefits of One-on-One Interaction; Boost your Child's Brain; Brain Development; Effective Parenting; How children learn, development, Effective Communication, Following instruction; child development, How children learn, Learning, Life Skills, Self Control, The Practica Program

How to use Instructions to Develop Self-control in a Toddler.

  Children who have learned to follow instructions typically exhibit more self-control than other children, because learning to follow instructions involves practising to act with intent, which is the exact opposite of acting impulsively. That brings us to the question: “How do I teach my toddler to follow instructions?” The answer is: “By physically showing […]

Practica Blog Post
Boost your child's Brain; Speech Development, Brain Development, child development, development, Effective Communication, Following instruction; Brain Development, Following instruction; child development, Language, Language Development, Learning, Music, Nursery Rhymes, Social Development, Speech and Language Milestones, Talking, Teaching Communication Skills, The Practica Program

Teach Nursery Rhymes Early for Better Reading Later.

Photo Credit: http://mattnerphotography.com Researchers studied a group of 64 children when they were 3 years old, and the more rhymes they knew then, the better they were able to read 3 years later. They have concluded that this is the case because rhymes train children to be more sensitive to the speech sounds within words. (Read […]

Practica Blog - Why?
Effective Communication, Effective Parenting;, Effective Parenting; Discipline for toddlers; Effective communication, Emotional Intelligence, EQ, Frustration, Language, Talking

Why did I DO that?

“Why did you grab that toy? Why did you hit your sister? Why is there spaghetti in your hair?”

We ask toddlers these questions and they never come up with an answer. Why? Because they live in the moment. Their brains aren’t wired to the point where they can think about their own thinking.

This ability develops […]

Top Tips for Good Behaviour
Calming an angry child, child development, Dealing with crying, Discipline, Effective Communication, Effective Parenting; How children learn; Loving Communication; How to Discipline your Child, Frustration, Life Skills, The Practica Program

Top Tips for Good Behaviour

Why is it that some people bring out the best in children? What is so different about them that little ones seem to genuinely WANT to please them and enthusiastically do what they say? Inborn temperament certainly plays a role. Consistency and self-confidence also make a difference. Yet, the crucial factor is that these special people have learned to think about and talk to children in a special way. Luckily, these ways of […]

Boost your child's Brain; Speech Development, Brain Development, child development, Effective Communication, How children learn, Language Development, Teaching Communication Skills

10 tips to boost speech & language development

Children are talking less. In fact, research in the UK points to a disturbing trend where half of all five-year-olds entering primary school are very far behind on their speech milestones. “Up to 300,000 [children] are struggling to string a sentence together or [aren’t able] to understand simple instructions by the age of five,” says […]

Asking and answering questions, child development, Effective Communication, Following instruction; Brain Development, Frustration, How children learn, Life Skills, Loving Communication, Self Esteem

Asking and answering questions made simple

Image: www.lorenstow.co.za Most parents can agree that it is incredibly frustrating when your baby or toddler wants something but can’t communicate what it is… You don’t know what to get them or do for them, and they get increasingly frantic… Another example is when you know that your child knows something, but when you ask […]

Social Skills
Effective Communication, Emotional Intelligence, EQ, Relationship Boosters, Social Development

Five ways in which a child learns social skills

  Most parents agree that they want their children to reach their full potential – whatever that may be. They won’t enjoy and celebrate a child any less if it turns out that his or her fullest potential doesn’t involve straight A’s and being hugely successful in the sports arena. In fact, most of us […]

Effective Communication, Following instruction; Brain Development, Language Development, Life Skills, Manners, Respectful Behaviour, School Readiness, Self Esteem

Teaching your child to follow directions

We all know what it’s like to ask our little one to do something, and they carry on as if they’ve never heard us or can’t understand what we’re saying. However, it’s important for children to be able to follow instructions – whether its a request or a warning for their safety – by the time they […]

BP - Healthy Praise
Bad Praise, Effective Communication, Good Praise, Life Skills, Loving Communication, Praise, Self Esteem, Talking

Healthy Praise – 3 Practical Tips

Healthy Praise – 3 Practical Tips In our last post, we discussed how not all praise is equal. In fact, if praise were like food, some praise is like the finest organic fruit and vegetables, while other praise is like junk food which is plain unhealthy and even harmful (if you missed the post, go here). […]