Tips to get kids to go to counseling?

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Question from laurie: I have 3 children that will not go to counseling. Any suggestions?
Answers - Rosalind Kleban, L.C.S.W. This is hard to answer because I'm not sure why you believe that they need counseling. Most children go through the experience without requiring counseling. If children's lives remain relatively stable, they are truly able to weather this crisis. I would only be concerned if there was a large disruption in their ability to cope in school or to get along with friends. If those things are going well, just because there's somebody dealing with cancer does not necessarily mean they need counseling.
Marc Silver From my experience, it's very important to be honest with your kids. You don't have to tell them everything, every little detail, but you shouldn't try to hide that Mom has cancer or isn't feeling well. And the Dad can play an important role. He should be the go-to parent if Mom's not feeling well because of chemo, surgery, or radiation. He should be the one the kids can ask their questions of.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Partners, Loved Ones, Caregivers: Taking Care of You featured Author Marc Silver and moderator Rosalind Kleban, L.C.S.W. answering your questions about how you can take care of your loved one and yourself during and after breast cancer treatment.

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