How to Raise an Athlete: The 3 to 6 Year Window of Opportunity

How to Raise an Athlete: The 3 to 6 Year Window of Opportunity There is a whole array of very specific things that can be done to refine a child’s basic movement skills after the toddler years have passed. This is when children need to make a number of important discoveries about their bodies, what body parts can do, […]

The 50 School Readiness Skills: Developing Concept of Number.

The 50 School Readiness Skills: Developing Concept of Number. As head of the Practica Advisory Service, I believe it’s high time for us to venture on a mission to discuss the 50 school readiness skills that the Practica Programme aims to develop. The first skill is Concept of Number. Q: Why is this skill viewed […]

Why it Helps to Think of Parenting as a Three-Wheeler: Part 3

Why it Helps to Think of Parenting as a Three-Wheeler: Part 3 Practica Parenting Wheel #2: The Parent as Teacher. Effective parents instinctively know that young children need plenty of one-on-one attention for them to flourish. Recent research findings confirm that children who have more one-on-one conversations with loving adults develop brain wiring that makes […]

Six Tips for Surviving and Having Fun at Baby Expo’s.

Six Tips for Surviving and Having Fun at Baby Expo’s. It’s always nice to feel that people are catering specifically to your needs, and that’s exactly what Baby Expo’s aim to do for parents. What’s more, the first years go by so quickly that the special events that you’ve shared with your baby will soon […]

Five More Things to Learn From Chatterbox Parents.

Five More Things to Learn From Chatterbox Parents. Have a look at our previous post to find out more about exactly what a chatterbox parent is and to read our list of the popular intro’s that chatterbox parents use. (We encourage you to focus on how much more comfortable it is to talk to a child […]

The Practicals of Talking to Little Children

The Practicals of Talking to Little Children   No matter how much you love being a parent, there’s always a day or two when you wish you had more training in the art of parenting. Let’s take, for example, talking to a baby, toddler or two year old. You may have firm convictions about the […]

The Why’s and How’s of Building Emotional Intelligence – Part 4

The Why’s and How’s of Building Emotional Intelligence – Part 4   How does the Practica Programme support parents in building EQ?   Well, most importantly, we make it possible for parents to start early. If you’re reading this newsletter as a Practica Parent, the good news is that there are age-appropriate games in the […]

The Why’s and How’s of Building Emotional Intelligence – Part 3

The Why’s and How’s of Building Emotional Intelligence – Part 3   How does a child’s inborn temperament impact on his EQ?   Every child is born with a fixed temperament that cannot be changed because it’s related to the way his brain is naturally wired for processing information. Temperament is as fixed as eye […]

The Why’s and How’s of Building Emotional Intelligence – Part 2

The Why’s and How’s of Building Emotional Intelligence – Part 2   What are the most important things that I can do to build EQ in my child?   Firstly, the most important thing that you can possibly do is to acknowledge your child’s feelings from birth and never stop doing that – even when […]

The Why’s and How’s of Building Emotional Intelligence – Part 1

The Why’s and How’s of Building Emotional Intelligence – Part 1   The first thing that must be said about Emotional Intelligence or “EQ” is that it is hugely important. In fact, researchers say that children’s scores on EQ tests are far better predictors of future success than their IQ scores. One explanation for this […]