It’s natural to have concerns about telling your child that you have cancer. Many parents worry that their kids will have a hard time coping with the news.
Keep in mind that you are a role model. Your child will learn how to cope with your illness by watching you. How you share this news gives you the chance to show your child how to deal with a serious illness or life event.Think about your goals.
First, think about your goals for this talk. You may want to consider:
- What your child needs to know about your illness
- How you can help your child understand what’s going on
- What you can do to help your child cope with the news
- How you want your child to feel after the talk
Kathy & Natalie
Setting some clear goals for the conversation is a great start. As you prepare for a conversation with your child about cancer, you may have a lot of other questions.