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When a Parent Has Cancer A Guide to Caring for Your Children

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ISBN-10: 0060740817

ISBN-13: 9780060740818

Edition: 2004

Authors: Wendy S. Harpham, Callahan

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Book details

Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 9/21/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.18" wide x 8.74" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.726
Language: English

Wendy Schlessel Harpham, MD, is the author of several books, including Diagnosis: Cancer and After Cancer. She lectures nationally on cancer and serious illness and lives in Dallas, Texas, with her husband and children.

Important Message to Parents, Friends, and Extended Family
Prologue: Our Story
How to Use Becky and the Worry Cup
Meeting Your Children's Fundamental Needs
Turning Problems into Strengths
Establishing Open Communication
Understanding Children's Fundamental Needs
Telling the Truth
When Advice from Others Seems Intrusive or Annoying
Perfect Parenting Is an Illusion
Caring for Your Children Through the Crisis of a New Diagnosis
Breaking the News
Teaching Children That Cancer Is Not Contagious
Preparing Children for Changes in a Life-Enhancing Way
Empowering Children
Caring for Your Children Beyond the First Few Weeks
Learning to Recognize Choices That Are "None of the Above"
Helping Children Through Unpleasant Changes
Sorting Out Priorities
Creating an "Energy Bank Account"
When Children's Needs Are Not Met
Knowing How Much Detail to Tell Children
Providing a Framework for Dealing with the Changes
Children Experience Stress Differently Than Adults
Understanding Children's Questions
Protecting Children's Need for Normalcy
When Cancer Seems to Be the Only Focus of Attention
Handling the Crises
Family Meetings
Doing What Feels Right for Your Family
Grief, Fear, and Children's Other Emotions
Dealing with Loss and Grief
Dealing with Fear
Helping Children Work through Negative Emotions
After a Bad Day
Using Play as a Therapeutic Tool
When Laughter Can Be Healing Medicine
Dealing with Regression and Failure
Knowing Whether Children Are Doing OK
Helping Your Children Live with Uncertainty and Tame Their Fear of Death
Dealing with Uncertainty and Faith
Dealing with the Possibility of Recurrent Cancer
Helping Children Face Their Fear of Death
Knowing If You Are Dying Now
Understanding Children's Conception of Death
Breaking the News of a Poor Prognosis
Matching Your Degree of Optimism with the Facts
Preparing Children for Your Death
Family Members with Special Needs: Teenagers, Single Parents, the Well Spouse
Caring for Teenagers
Understanding Issues Common to Teens and Youngsters
Understanding Issues Common to Teens and Adults
Helping Teens Stay Connected to Their Friends
Understanding Issues Unique to Teens: Drugs, Alcohol, Sexuality, and Dangerous Behaviors
Helping Teens Sort Out Conflicting Loyalties
Teens and Finances
Caring for Children in a Single-Parent Home or When the Parents' Marriage Is Unstable
Unstable Marriages
Special Issues of Single-Parent Homes
Caring for the Well Spouse
Taking Care of You
Caring for the Children When Cancer Recurs or Becomes a Chronic Disease
Facing Recurrence-the Patient
Facing Recurrence-the Well Spouse
Facing Recurrence-the Children
The Truth Pact
Your Children's Needs This Time Around
Living with Chronic Cancer
Creating a "New Normal"
Problems: Cancer-Related or Other-Related?
Choosing Your Battles
Avoiding Pity
Expecting vs. Hoping
Rituals and Routines
Finding Joy
Preventing Burnout
Major Stages of Growth and Development
Glossary for Kids
Resources for Parents and Children
Annotated Bibliography