Parenting the Child With Learning Differences
Ever tried to put together a kids’ toy where the instructions look like they were written by a one-armed monkey in Cambodia? You know what it’s like. First you spend ten minutes opening up a box that has enough packaging to furnish a house in a third world country. Then you look at the instructions, heaving a (false) sigh of relief – they look pretty doable.
Four hours later, you have HAD IT. You’ve shown that infernal toy to just about everyone on the block, even the mailman. And everyone, including your neighbor’s wife’s second cousin, the handyman, looks at the instructions, looks at the toy, and says, “I don’t know. It should work.”
Parenting children with learning differences is kind of the same. The “experts” say your child should be sleeping through the night by a few months- but your toddler is a year and a half and still screams for an hour and a half when you put her to bed.
Your neighbors’ kids eat whatever she puts in front of them, while your preschooler has about 3 things he’ll eat-literally.
Your sister’s kindergartner loves to be around people, and is always the star of the party. You, on the other hand, always find yourself slinking off the scene before the cake is even served: after refusing to share toys with the other kids, and attacking the food like a starved wolf cub, your child has got it into her head that all the gifts are for HER.
Yeah, I’ve been there before. Neighbors, friends, your parents even –everyone with the look that says, “Why can’t you control your kid already?”
As a mother and learning disabilities specialist, I know from experience how easy it is to blame yourself for not managing to get things under control.
The fact is that kids with learning differences are different. They may have trouble understanding directions, be resistant to boundaries, or be unaffected by logical consequences. Some struggle with sensory issues, hyperactivity, inattentiveness, or other issues that make traditional parenting advice fit like a round peg in a square hole: it might work, but not for your child.
So I’ve put together a FREE 5–part tutorial that gives you the tools you need in order to stop putting out fires and start enjoying your child:
- Know Where You’re Headed: How to Make the Impossible Possible
- Which Way Do Your Flowers Grow: How Your Personality Influences the Way You Parent
- 3 Things You Need to Know Before You Discipline the Child With Learning Differences
- Building and Planting: The Essential Elements of Raising Any Child
- Set the Stage for Success: How to Make Time for the Important Stuff
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I look forward to helping you get “back” to the way you know things are supposed to be…