MISSION: Recovery – Transmission Feelings

FEELINGS

Kids will likely experience a range of emotions themselves while their parent or loved one is dealing with cancer; it is normal to feel upset, sad, and angry. It’s important to provide kids with coping tools to deal with these emotions, such as drawing or talking to a friend or adult about how they feel.

TOP 5 TIPS FOR PARENTS ABOUT FEELINGS: 

  • Give permission to feel – no feelings are wrong.
  • Different person, different feelings. Each family member may have a range of different feelings about Mom’s cancer.
  • Model feelings – try to be open about your different feelings and ready to explain them. Kids are looking to you for cues about “how” they should feel.
  • Talk openly and often about feelings with your kids.
  • Be patient – kids are still learning about feelings, what they are and why they are feeling them and may not know how to communicate their feelings.
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Here are some resources and activities to help facilitate these conversations: 

WEBSITES FOR KIDS ABOUT FEELINGS

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The Moodster’s – helping kids navigate feelings

Howard B Wigglebottom – many stories, songs and creative activities about feelings, social interactions and promotes kids’ communication. -Morgan Livingstone

Read the first blog, The Discovery


Morgan Livingstone is a Certified Child Life Specialist who offers home support to families going through cancer. To get in touch or find out more info contact morganlivingstone@rogers.com or Tweet @ChildLifeMorgan 

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