Saturday, April 19, 2008

Discussing Your Condition With Your Kids

Freelance writer, journalist, and former award-winning radio reporter, Lisa A. Phillips, has written an article about talking to your kids about your neurological condition (such as Migraine, Epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Head Injury, Muscular Dystrophy) for the March/April 2008 Edition of Neurology Now. Phillips says that even if your kids are too young to comprehend everything about your disease, you probably can't conceal it from them. This article discusses the areas below in detail to ensure open communication.

  • Be Honest
  • Pick the Right Moment
  • Stay Calm
  • Use Their Questions as Your Guide
  • Don't Overwhelm Your Child
  • Accentuate the Positive
  • Trust Your Child Accept You
  • Prepare for Emergencies
  • Know that Kids Want to Help
  • Encourage Peer Support
  • Never Blame Your Child for Your Disorder
Phillips stresses that when talking to young children you should keep it simple. Talking to your older child may be more difficult. Children as young as 9 or 10 often ask about hereditary factors and you should be prepared to address this. Most older kids know how to use the internet and may research your disease on their own. The problem (as most of us with any disease knows) is that a lot of times it's difficult to tell the difference between credible information and misinformation. The author suggests that in addition to talking to your older child, you teach them how to recognize sites that provide accurate information, direct them to reliable sites and monitor what sites they've been visiting.

To read the entire article click HERE.


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