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A 25-year-old member asked:

how do we tell our childern (4yrs, 2yrs, and 11mo) that daddy is very sick?

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Dr. Danielle Jones
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Obstetrics and Gynecology 8 years experience
W/Love & Honesty: Talking about situations they may not understand can be very difficult. You may want to assess how much each of them can understand/how much you'd like them to know & sit w/them individually. Allow time for processing & let them ask questions. This is never an easy situation and should be approached based on the level of understanding you feel each child is capable of emotionally & intellectually.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Simple/positive: For the young child short simple words with repitition over time will communicate the basics. Young kids face some additional needs that can be addressed over time: they did not do or say or wish anything that made daddy sick. There will always be someone making sure she has meals to eat & places to play & sleep if daddy is away trying to get better. Let them ask when ready but repeat often.

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