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Question from flipalot: I am 32 and have breast cancer. My biggest concern is my children, Rebecca 5 and Christopher 3. I talk with them about my condition; however, sometimes I just do not know if I am giving them too much information??
Answers - Marisa Weiss, M.D. The main thing is to talk, talk, and do a lot of listening to what they are saying to you. Don't jump in right away if they are talking and letting you know what their specific concerns are. Then, respond in a gentle way to each of their concerns. After you finish responding, listen again. You will be amazed how much you can learn about what they need and want and find comfort from, by their words and their expressions. There are a lot of resources on for this challenging and important topic. Children are very resilient. Avoid whispering between adults, because children will suspect that something is wrong. Children often blame themselves for problems in the family. Talk, love and listen.

On Wednesday, June 14, 2000, our Ask-the-Expert Online Conference was called Easing Breast Cancer Fears. Marisa Weiss, M.D. answered your questions about managing emotional effects of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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