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Communicating with Your Child

Lessons Learned About Communication

  • Everyone deserves to know about what is going on
  • Euphemisms can be confusing
  • The worst way to hear something is to overhear it
  • Link medical news with observable changes
  • Welcome and explore your child’s questions
  • Questions don’t always need immediate answers
  • Seek out opportunities to talk
  • It’s alright to share your emotional reactions
  • Think about the timing of information
  • Provide information, and accept some children’s unwillingness to talk
  • Written communication can be helpful too
  • Help other adults talk with your child about the illness