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For Homeschoolers and Parents: Tips for Raising Kids with Learning Disabilities


1. Rebuilding Relationships and Learning Disabilities
2. Compromise, Parenting and Learning Disabilities
3. Instilling Motivation with Learning Disabilities
4. Solutions to Problems
5. Guiding Teens with Learning Disabilities
6. Rhythms, Music, Dancing for Kids of All Abilities
7. Nurturing and Learning Disabilities
8. Developing a Stable Home Life
9. Academic Benefits of Learning Rhythmic Dances
10. Social Impact of Learning Disabilities
11. Teaching Kids How to Be Helpful
12. Learning Disabilities and Charity in Attitude
13. Being Responsible for Kids
14. Nurturing Abilities in Kids with Challenges
15. Learning Disabilities and Enthusiastic Music Time
16. Attitude Makes a Difference with Kids
17. Wisdom and Learning Disabilities
18. Rhymes for Remembering
19. Encouraging Each Step of Growth
20. Other Strengths When Challenged
21. Helping Kids Get Along in the Family
22. Kids Learn About Sharing
23. Practice Dressing for Winter

 13. Being Responsible for Kids by Susan Kramer

When we pass on to our kids the social skills lessons that we have learned so far, each succeeding generation evolves in consciousness. Children stretch our edges of responsibility as we fulfill their needs, whether we give birth to them or bring them into our lives in other ways.

Kids learn responsibility by practicing it little by little, and we are their main teachers. Even children who are disabled can learn to be responsible for their actions and possessions to the extent they are able. It is not an all or nothing skill.

In the family setting we give for the welfare of kids. Giving for a child's benefit is not give and take; not an even exchange, because a child does not have the capacity to give back to us in the same way.

What we do receive through caring for kids is a shredding of our self-centeredness, our cage of self-containment, our concept that we are here on earth only to satisfy desires from our own mind.

We give to our children while they are growing up. What they give back to us is a permanent experience of ourselves as expansive beings, expansive in that we feel ourselves within the framework of others' lives.

A point I'd like to make is that to our kids we are parents, and to our elders we are kids. While we each play our roles to the best of our ability and try to grow in consciousness, we are helping the world be a better planet for everyone.

As world sisters and brothers let us care across the generations and make our time on earth as fruitful as possible, for our parents and for our kids. Every person can give according to their ability, and when the sum is totaled it shows a benefit for everyone. Can our planet survive in any other way?

In summary, parents' role is to be responsible for teaching kids social skills they can use and develop over a lifetime, so that each generation will grow in planetary consciousness of our intertwined family, our world-wide family.

Article by Susan Kramer

Resource texts for parents, teachers and homeschooling families:

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Free to Move, Learning Kinesthetically
Free to Move, Learning Kinesthetically by Susan Kramer
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Rhythms and Dances for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Rhythms and Dances for Toddlers and Preschoolers

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