Level of Understanding and Developmental Stage
- Beginning to focus more on friends than family.
logically and begin to develop abstract reasoning.
They absorb new
- Want to “fit-in” and
therefore are aware of what is socially acceptable.
of illness relates to the visible symptoms.
- Answer their questions and assure them that you will keep them updated.
- Ask them about their understanding of cancer because
children at this age may
do their own research on the internet.
may hide their emotions to appear more grown
up; encourage them to
share their feelings with you by sharing your
- Encourage your child to remain involved
with friends and other activities. Allow
them to assume additional responsibilities
around the home if they went to help,
but try not to overload them.
- Reassure the
child that they are healthy and it is not their
fault that their
parent is sick.