Tips For Parenting Your Children With Illness

children and illnessParenting Your Children Through Illness

Probably one of the most difficult things to deal with in life is the illness of a child. We as parents are their protectors and when an illness takes over we feel incredibly helpless.  Dealing with a chronic illness or even life threatening illness is never something any parent is prepared for.

The first step is to digest the ‘diagnosis’ yourself. You will have to completely understand the illness and how it will affect your child as well as the rest of the family (i.e. siblings, etc). Do not be intimidated by medical personnel and be proactive in your child’s care. Be diligent in your research. Doctors are not perfect, when the circumstances warrant, always get a second opinion. When the illness is confirmed, move on to the next step. Many times when dealing with an illness of a child, a parent may go through some of the stages of grieving (denial, anger, bargaining, acceptance). In essence, although your child has not passed, the hopes and dreams that you had for your ‘healthy’ child may have indeed passed.  Unfortunately, as when someone does pass, you will not have the time to deal with these emotions because your child is still here and will need your strength.

So how do you communicate this illness to your child?

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