Support for your child
To help your child deal with fears and feelings you may wish to:
- Assure your child that the cancer and its treatment are not punishments, they have not caused the cancer.
- Encourage your child to talk about the cancer and cancer treatment. (Age appropriate ideas for talking with children are discussed by child psychologists in our support films)
- Ask your children questions to get the conversation started. Family talks can help everyone feel less worried. Talking helps the whole family cope with the illness together. Some families set a regular day for their children to ask about their concerns. Children, like adults, have good days and bad days. Help your child feel part of normal life.
- Tell your child that is it okay to feel sad and cry (and it’s okay for mum, dad, brothers and sisters to cry too)
- Encourage activities to help your child feel more relaxed. Creativity activities such as painting, dancing or music can help your child to feel better.