Preparing child's school staff for experience?


Question from adrienne: How do you prepare your child's teacher, principal, and school staff, about what's happening to you, and how your child is dealing with it?
Answers - Joan Hermann In general, it would be very good if parents can tell either the teacher or a guidance counselor what's going on at home. Some women feel that this is a very private experience that they don't want a lot of other people knowing about, but try to think about the school as one of your allies. If the school knows exactly whatever information you are comfortable sharing, then the school is more likely to have a meaningful relationship with you on how your child is doing. When children are upset, that usually manifests itself at home and in school, so the teacher needs to know in order to be able to help your child deal with whatever comes up in the classroom. The other thing that can happen is that other children will find out that the mother has cancer and that can come up in the classroom. That's another argument for including the school to whatever level the mother is comfortable about what's happening.

On Wednesday, August 16, 2000, our Ask-the-Expert Online Conference was called Kids and Mom's Breast Cancer. Joan Hermann, L.S.W. and moderator Marisa Weiss, M.D. answered your questions about talking to your kids about breast cancer.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of Breastcancer.org. 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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