The mark of a well-educated person is not necessarily in knowing all the answers, but in knowing where to find them. ” ~Douglas Everett
Many research studies have been done on what’s important to develop babies and young children to their full potential, but most parents don’t have access to this information.
- Firstly, parents who don’t have experience in education often feel frustrated by the fact that the children of professional educators have the advantage of having parents who have practical knowledge and experience that other parents don’t have.
- Before we have children of our own, we all tend to look at other families and vouch that our children will never spend that much time in front of the television or end up being that bad-mannered, frustrated or under-stimulated. It’s when you become a parent yourself that you realize how difficult it is for parents to do the right things most of the time. In a nutshell: when you find yourself in the midst of chaos and uncertainty you need to be armed with an intimate knowledge of how to do the ‘right things’ to effectively avoid doing the ‘wrong things’.
- Many parents, especially in a developing nation like our own, have little confidence in their own ability to do what’s important to maximize their children’s development. They feel they need to hand their babies over to a ‘trained’ caregiver in any kind of daycare situation as soon as possible. Not knowing what under 3’s really need, they often make very unwise decisions about daycare.
Practica offers the following:
- Reading through the Practica Parents’ Guide is like reading through an expert’s ‘crip notes’ on educational stimulation. It’s literally a summary of everything that educational experts in different areas of expertise would view as important to know and do. It’s only fair that every parent should have access to all the tricks of the trade.
- The advice and activity ideas in the Parents’ Guide do not reflect the parenting practices of a certain culture or religious group. It is an objective summary of research findings, tried and tested ways to boost children’s emotional, social and intellectual development and the most effective ways to interact with a child at various ages and stages.
- What you don’t find in the Parents’ Guide, you can find out from the Advisory Service, which is only a call away!
Here’s how you benefit:
- If you are able to be at home during the first years of your child’s life, the Practica Programme will provide you with the ‘big picture’ and the structure that you need to make the most of this very special opportunity.
- If you have found a loving caregiver who responds and interacts with your child as if he is her own child, you can complete the picture by investing in a Practica Programme to equip her with the necessary educational background, equipment, activity ideas and self-confidence.
- If you are concerned about the quality of the attention that your child is getting while you are at work, Practica will enable you to do what’s important and make the most of the one-on-one time that you spend with your child after work and over week-ends, thus giving you peace of mind.