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What would you do if you or someone in your family became seriously ill?

How would you help your child express and manage the worries and fears that situation evokes?


When a parent, grandparent or other loved one is seriously ill or injured, children often experience a wide range of emotions and may express those feelings in ways adults find surprising or even disturbing. How can you help your child make sense of a difficult and scary situation, especially when your own sadness and fear get in the way? Both Marti and Erin bring firsthand experience to this important discussion. And Catherine Urdahl, author of the lovely children’s picture book Emma’s Question, brings her insight and experience to bear on the topic as well.


Have you and your children experienced the serious illness (or even death) of a loved one? Describe some of the feelings you and your children experienced. How easy or difficult do you think it was for you and your children to express those feelings or ask the questions that were on your mind? Share your thoughts in our REPLY space below!

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  1. Kathy on April 4, 2012

    Wow, what an insightful discussion! You covered so many key points about understanding and supporting young children in a situation where someone they love is seriously ill. In addition to parents, this is information that child care providers desperately need. Many children spend as much awake time in child care as they do at home and their teacher is an important attachment figure. As a former preschool teacher, I know I was not remotely prepared to respond to and support children in my class in difficult situations like this. I will definitely be sharing this with the early childhood educators I know. Thank you again for addressing this important but often avoided issue.