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 […]

Effective Parenting;, Emotional Intelligence, Happiness; Active Fathering

How to lay the Foundation for Future Happiness in your Child

Image from www.infpblog.com “How different our lives are when we really know what is deeply important to us, and keeping that picture in mind, we manage ourselves each day to be and to do what really matters most.” ― Stephen R. Covey As human beings we are all involved in creative processes whether we know it […]

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Confidence, Emotional Intelligence, Love, Respectful Behaviour

Love, Respect and Confidence

Love, Respect and Confidence Professionals who do school readiness tests often comment on the quiet and unshakable confidence that our Practica children have when they are faced with the typical challenges that unnerve other children of the same age. This is remarkable, especially since there are so many other really talented children who are lacking […]

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 […]

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Emotional Intelligence, Feeling Safe and Secure, Frustration, Life Skills, Loving Communication, Relationship Boosters, Self Control, Self Esteem, Tough Times

How to Keep Sane When the Going Gets Tough

  Being a parent is certainly a challenging undertaking, especially since most children can push the boundaries and be emotionally-charged at times. Nowadays, it seems as if the concept of ‘good’ parenting is forever changing, depending on which expert is doing the talking. This is because the very context in which parenting takes place (our cultures, society and the global community), is […]

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Emotional Intelligence, EQ, Life Skills, Manners, Respectful Behaviour, Self Control, Self Esteem, Social Development

How to teach Manners – the 123 and ABC

  In our last post we discussed how important it is to guide your young child in developing good manners because it will affect his self-concept, create higher EQ and eventually culminate in more success later on life (if you missed the post, go here). However, we’re still just human beings, and some clear directions come […]

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Emotional Intelligence, EQ, Life Skills, Manners, Respectful Behaviour, Self Control, Self Esteem, Social Development

3 Reasons to start manners early

I vaguely remember a time before I joined the legion of parents out there, looking at other people’s children and thinking smugly to myself… “I would never let my child get away with that…” or “I can’t believe how badly behaved that child is, my child will never do that…” Then… I had my own children! […]

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Active Fathering, Dads, development, Emotional Intelligence, Fatherhood, Life Skills, Love, Self Esteem, Social Development, The Role of the Father

The “Dad-Manual”

The “Dad-Manual” Dads are so important in their children’s lives – from day one (if you missed the post on why dads are so important, go here). However, many dads don’t know what is expected of them, or how to be their best. Don’t worry! All parents – moms and dads alike – struggle to […]

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Active Fathering, Dads, development, Emotional Intelligence, Fatherhood, Life Skills, Love, Self Esteem, Social Development, The Role of the Father

The “Dad-Factor”

The “Dad-Factor” There is no doubt that moms and dads instinctively do things differently. I know that in my interactions with my children, I tend to choose to sing to them, read to them, hold them gently and generally be soft and loving. My husband, however, naturally creates fun and challenges our children. He throws them […]