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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

31. Nurturing Kids of All Abilities

There are times when we may wonder if we should give kids with learning or any disabilities more of our time or more nurturing.

Beside the fact that a child with disabilities may need closer supervision or a helper or aide, the quality of our time should be good for all kids in my opinion.

It is our attitude when helping with daily repetitive chores that might become boring for us, and the kids could feel we don't care or act nurturing enough.

But, how much nurturing is enough?

I think if we give with a helping and positive attitude that we are being nurturing. I think a positive attitude is the most important kind of nurturing we can give.

As kids see us as role models and are learning patterns of behavior for themselves by our example, if we give with a positive attitude they will in turn learn how to be positive in their relationships with others, now, and later with their own kids.

There is a phrase that goes something like, we learn what we teach. I think we can learn to be positive people by relating with kids and other adults in a positive manner.

When we do something repetitively we may have a hard time holding onto a positive outlook. Then, it's time to take a break, whether a few minutes to go for a walk or for a weekend away.

Some kids may need adult attention every day to get through their routine needs, but to keep up with those needs, the adults need to nurture themselves with quality time in rest and relaxation.

When we have kids that need lots of nurturing, care in an intense way, it may be helpful to share some of those duties with other adults or older kids in the family. Older siblings can play a game or read to a younger child needing attention. And a babysitter can give a mother respite to get the family shopping done or attend an appointment, or give the parents' some quality time to themselves.

I think it is important to maintain the parents' relationship as well as give the kids the amount of nurturing they need. With others helping out with some of the duties, it can all be accomplished in a positive and productive way.

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.