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Learning Disabilities Articles for Help with Kids by Susan Kramer


1. What Is Dysgraphia?
2. Dyslexia Information and Help
3. Oppositional Defiant Disorder - Symptoms
Oppositional Defiant Disorder - Explained
5. Oppositional Defiant Disorder - Managing Anger
6. What Is Childhood Disintegrative Disorder  - CDD?
Hyperlexia Information
8. Asperger's Disorder Information
9. TSC and Learning Disabilities
Living Harmoniously with Learning Disabilities
11. Cooperation and Learning Disabilities
12. Overcoming Stress
13. Dividing Time Between Your Kids
14. Helping Kids with Challenges Make Friends
15. Learning Difficulties or Disabilities?
16. Making Transitions and Learning Disabilities
17. Helping Kids Find New Solutions
18. Back to School Dress When Challenged
19. Showing Courage and Learning Disabilities
20. Teach Kids to Stay Close to Home
21. Feeling Fear and Learning Disabilities
22. Kids Learn Trustworthiness
23. Multitasking Ideas
24. Laziness or Learning Disabilities?
25. Helping Kids Reach Their Goals
26. Family Roundtable Discussions with Kids
27. Materialism Issues
28. Illness or Accident Leading to a Challenge
29. Vocational or Academics for Challenged Teens?
30. Expectations and Relating
31. Nurturing Kids of All Abilities
32. Our Roles in the Eyes of Society
Developing Self-Esteem
34. Changing Goals and Learning Disabilities
35. Shopping Trips Can Be Educational
36. Achievement with Learning Disabilities
37. Resolving Conflicts and Learning Disabilities
38. Teaching Kids Order and Organization
39. Family Life with Learning Disabilities
40. Backyard Motor Skills Games
41. Truancy and Learning Disabilities
42. Kids Learn About Playing Fairly
43. Looking for Equitable Resolves
44. Aerobic Activities for Stress Relief in School
45. Acceptance, Abundance and Learning Disabilities
46. Kids Learn About Sharing

13. Dividing Time Between Your Kids

Dividing time between your kids with and without learning disabilities can be a juggling act. On the one hand one of more of your kids may need more personal care than your other children. What can you do so all your kids feel like they're getting their fair share of your attention?

One way to spread yourself out between all your kids is give the most non-needy ones "quality time" rather than "quantity time."

Dividing up your time in this way gives children your undivided attention suited to their highest needs. And, you don't feel like you are depriving one to take care of another.

To give you an example - take all your young kids with you when you need to drive one kid to therapy or other appointment. While the one child is in with the doctor or therapist read a story to or play a game with the other kids.

Bedtime rituals can be opportunities for each child to receive special attention. Everyone gets help bathing and brushing their teeth and such, and then each child can enjoy a few special minutes with you while getting tucked in.

About the bedtime routine - I let the older kids help me get the ones ready for bed that need help dressing. Letting your kids help each other teaches them responsibility and is an opportunity to practice kindness, too - a social skill necessary to get along well with family, friends and society.

This is also an opportunity for kids to learn that the members of a family are there to help and assist each other as necessary. And this is true for a lifetime.

In order to give all your kids the best of yourself you need to take care of your own needs, too. We've all heard that you can't take good care of another unless your own needs are met.

Some ways to take good care of yourself when kids are competing for your time and attention are:
1. Eat a very healthy diet.
2. Walk as much as possible rather than ride to the doorstep - this is good for the kids, too.
3. Take time to meditate before sleep to refresh and rest your mind like a mini-vacation.
4. Swap child care duties with other parents - all the kids play together and for them it is a treat, a play date.

In summary, when one or more of your kids require special care, first be sure you are taking good care of your own health so you can best take care of them, and give your kids that are less needy "quality time" rather than "quantity time."

Article by Susan Kramer

Resources for parents, teachers and homeschooling families:

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Rhythms and Dances for School Age Kids

Rhythms and Dances for School Age Kids
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Rhythms and Dances for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Rhythms and Dances for Toddlers and Preschoolers
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Kinesthetic Math and Language Lessons

Kinesthetic Math and Language Lessons
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All articles copyright 2000-2011 Susan Helene Kramer
Susan Kramer has worked as a dance specialist with kids and adults of all abilities for more than 30 years,
and lives with her husband in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Click autobiography for details.