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Brain Development, Confidence, Constructive Criticism, development, educational toys, Effective Parenting;, Finger Painting, Following instruction; child development, Good Praise, learning tools, Relationship Boosters, Self Esteem

5 Tips for Facilitating Great Finger Paint Sessions

Are you embarrassed to admit that you have never made finger paint for your child? Join the club. It sounds like a messy business from start to finish and it’s definitely not the kind of thing most mothers want to do every week.But, children love it and it makes good pictures to post on Facebook. […]

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 […]

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Brain Development, Develop Concentration, Following instruction; child development, How children learn, How to teach a Child to Concentrate, learning tools, Life Skills, Self Esteem

Concentration – your child’s mental workout!

  Parents often phone into the Practica Programme Advisory Service asking why concentration is not listed as a ‘skill’ in the Parent’s Guide. This is because most parents want to help grow their children’s ability to concentrate. We agree that it is very important and felt this was indeed a topic to discuss! What is […]

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 […]

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How to demonstrate our love for our children

Picture: www.dipity.com Today we introduce our very first guest post – we will be inviting many people who work within the child development field to give us their take on what’s important to know when it comes to your little one! This guest post is written by Carol Bailie, a Child Educator and Parenting Workshop Facilitator. To learn […]

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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 […]

Big Changes, Feeling Safe and Secure, Life Skills, Personalised Book, Routine, Self Esteem, Separation Anxiety, Social Development

A great tip for dealing with BIG change!

 Example of a page from a personalised bookDesign by Loren Stow  When you know your child is going to experience a big change, such as starting a new school, moving house, or the arrival of a new sibling, there is a creative and effective idea that has worked well for many moms and […]

Language, Language Development, Learning, Middle Ear Infections; Hearing Problems; Otitis Media; Effective Communication, Milestones, Self Esteem, Social Development

Middle Ear Infection Emergeny Kit

Image Source: http://www.buzzle.com/ In our last post, we discussed how middle ear infection can affect your child. The effects are often overlooked or unknown, and so we really felt passionate about sharing this with you, as a parent – if you missed the post, go here. Today, we’re looking at a communication ‘Emergency Kit’ – ways […]

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Language, Language Development, Learning, Middle Ear Infections; Hearing Problems; Otitis Media; Effective Communication, Milestones, Self Esteem, Social Development

How Hearing Impacts Learning

  According to Dr Vincent Iannelli of the American Association of Paediatrics, 50% of children under the age of 12 months will experience at least one episode of middle ear infection (otitis media), and between the ages of one and three, 35% of children will have repeated episodes. When we consider how important hearing is to language […]

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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). […]

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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! […]

Love, Loving Communication, Relationship Boosters, Self Esteem

6 Instant Relationship Boosters

Photography: Loren Stowhttp://www.lorenstow.co.za/ In our last post we discussed the importance of consciously developing your child’s self-esteem (if you missed it, go here) and in light of the rather ‘heavy’ responsibility it can be to do this, we wanted to share some quick and easy ideas on how you can instantly make your child feel as though they are the […]