By Lenore Skenazy
FREE diversity KIDS has develop into a countrywide move, sparked by means of the superb reaction to Lenore Skenazy?s piece approximately permitting her 9-year-old experience the subway on my own in NYC. guardian teams argued approximately it, bloggers, blogged, spouses grew to become uncivil with one another, and the media jumped far and wide it. loads of mom and dad at the present time, Skenazy says, see no distinction among letting their teenagers stroll to varsity and allowing them to stroll via a firing diversity. Any chance is obvious as an excessive amount of chance. but when you are attempting to avoid each attainable possibility or tough on your child?s daily life, that kid by no means will get an opportunity to develop up. We mom and dad need to notice that the best possibility of all simply can be attempting to increase a toddler who by no means encounters selection or independence.
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Also, give simple and truthful explanations for all the questions that your children ask about their sibling with cerebral palsy. Find simple ways for brothers and sisters to help care for their sibling. They can help choose toys, clothes, room decorations, and colors of medical equipment. They can bring things like diapers or braces to their parents when needed. However, you also need to encourage your children to allow their special sibling to do things by herself and make her own choices, even if it takes extra time or the child with cerebral palsy seems slow or clumsy.
Does she try hard to stand when you hold her hands? Give encouragement, hugs, and lots of love to reward good behavior and accomplishments. All of your children, whether they have disabilities or not, need to know that you are proud of them for what they have done and what they have tried to do. Avoid talking negatively in front of your child. Always assume that your child can understand what you say, even if she cannot speak. Children with cerebral palsy are often very sensitive to nonverbal communication or body language.
Do not turn siblings into substitute parents by giving them inappropriate adult responsibilities. Examples include having a sibling feed a child who has difficulty eating or give medications, or asking < previous page page_38 next page > < previous page page_39 next page > Page 39 I like to play with my brother. a brother or sister to baby-sit when the child's care is complex. Take your children's age and maturity into consideration before allowing them to take care of their sibling. Older children can help with a sibling who is disabled but should not be responsible for a great deal of caregiving.