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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

42. Kids Learn About Playing Fairly

Playing fairly with each other is a skill that kids need to learn to be able to get along in their interactions. Kids of most abilities can learn how to play fairly.

As parents and mentors it is our job to model fair play and that is not necessarily getting down on the floor and playing with the kids. Rather, kids learn about fair play watching all our interactions - with kids and other adults in all situations at home, school, shopping, on trips and excursions to name a few.

The concept of fair play that we want to teach is that everyone has the right to their opinions and to express themselves up to the point that they do not broach upon others' freedom and free will, or that would hurt another.

Fair play is put in action more times during the day then we may be aware of on first thinking about it.

It is playing fairly in the adult way when we share time in the bathroom - without using up all the hot water. This example carries over to the breakfast table in sharing that favorite box of cereal amongst the siblings.

Suppose 3 kids want the same cereal and there is just enough in the box for two bowls, what to do? Dividing the cereal into 3 instead of 2 bowls and having an extra piece of toast to supplement is one way to play fairly - it is a win-win situation.

In the household, in sports, on the playground, in the classroom, in the mall - fair play gives each person time to participate in the fun, work, making decisions. It is a time to give a little energy in caring and kindness so that the underdog benefits and has fun, too.

Playing fairly feels good because being kind feels better than the effect on the body of being selfish. Kindness brings up feelings of being energized and expansive, and being selfish makes people feel contracted like they have to spend energy protecting what they have.

Playing fairly, besides feeling good and expansive, leads to living in harmony with people in all situations during the day.

As we model fair play for the kids we benefit ourselves through feeling in harmony, benefit our relationships by maintaining peace, and become good examples for the up and coming generation.

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.