Your child is the most precious thing in the world for you. So, you don’t want them to go through any pain and trauma. Hence, parents try to protect their children in every respect. However, children tend to get the most affected by serious illness of a parent or their siblings. In such a sensitive time, you have to become their biggest support and comfort them. They need your love and care to deal with the pain.
It is not easy to explain everything to a child because they might not understand things like we do. Kids tend to get attached to someone or something in their childhood and losing it, can cause a lot of pain, even trauma. So, you can help your child deal with the serious illness of someone close to help, using the following tips:
They Don’t Need To Know:
If your kids are very young, then it is better not to tell them about the serious illness of someone they love. If they can interact with the person, let them have a normal interaction. If the person is in the hospital, then tell your kid something about their whereabouts. For very young kids, the memory might gradually fade away with time, without leaving an impact on their mind.
Explain In A Simple Way:
If your child is older and can understand things, then you need to explain the situation in simple terms. Do not use complicated terms. They will ask questions, and you need to be prepared to face them and answer them tactfully.
Talk To Them About How They Feel:
As you are telling them things, it is also important to know their point of view. You need to know if they have a wrong idea about the whole thing and correct it. It is important to know how they perceive things and how easy or difficult it will be for them to cope with it.
Divert Their Mind With Something Else:
You can divert their mind by engaging or involving them in some other activity, which needs focus and concentration, so that they forget about this. You can also send them to their grandparent’s house or a camp while you can attend to the patient till they recover.
Supporting Them After Any Traumatic Event:
In the event of grief and sadness, you need to tell them the truth and help them come out of it. If they are too young, then you can tell them at a suitable time later. Else, always be with them, when they are trying to deal with such a situation and make them as comfortable as possible.
Children get hurt very easily and if something affects their mind deeply, they tend to keep it trapped inside and this could have bad consequences in the future. So, if you face such a situation ever, then handle it with care and sensitivity so that it does not leave a damaging impact on your child’s mind. Help your child deal with these sensitive issues effectively at a tender age, so that they do not find it difficult later.