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Raising an Emotionally Healthy Child When a Parent Is Sick (a Harvard Medical School Book)

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ISBN-10: 0071446818

ISBN-13: 9780071446815

Edition: 2006

Authors: Paula K. Rauch, Anna C. Muriel

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Based on a Massachusetts General Hospital programme, this text covers how to address children's concerns when a parent is seriously ill, how to determine how children with different temperaments are really feeling, and reassuring the child that he or she will be taken care of.
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Book details

List price: $24.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
Publication date: 1/11/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.90" wide x 8.90" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.704
Language: English

How Young Children Understand Illness
Infancy and Toddler Years
Preschool Children (Ages Three to Six)
Elementary School Years (Ages Seven to Twelve)
How Older Children Understand Illness
Late Adolescence and Early Adulthood
New Diagnosis: Organizing Your Support System
Gather Medical Information
Use Familiar Caregivers and Routines
Ask Your Child's Friends' Parents to Help
Designate a "Minister of Information"
Designate a "Captain of Kindness"
Delegate Mundane Tasks
Help Your Helpers with Schedules, Lists, and Labels
Ask Older Children What They Need Help With
Take One Day at a Time
Maintaining a Child's Daily Schedule and Family Routine
Reestablishing Normalcy
Your Child's Daily Schedule
Your Family Routine
When Your Child Wants to Be Everywhere but Home
Parents Living in Different Households
Sharing Your Home
Different Children, Different Families, Different Needs
Communicating with Your Child About the Illness
Everyone Deserves to Know What Is Going On
Talking About a New Diagnosis or a Change in Your Medical Condition
Welcome and Explore Your Child's Questions
Communication in Multicultural Households
How to Help Other Adults Talk with Your Child About the Illness
If Your Child Asks, "Are You Going to Die?"
Religious and Spiritual Beliefs
What Does My Child Really Want to Know?
If Your Progress Is Uncertain
If It Is Likely That You Will Die Within the Next Few Weeks
Guiding Principles
Different Childhood Coping Styles
Easy and Difficult Temperaments
Knowing Temperamental Style Helps Parents Anticipate and Plan
You Are Already the Expert on Your Child
Let Your Child Know You Notice Things That Are Hard for Him or Her
Four Types of Children Who Worry Parents Most
The Bottom Line
How Your Symptoms Affect Your Children
Concentration Problems and Memory Loss
Difficulty Expressing Yourself
Changes in Appearance
Lowered Immunity
Difficulty Controlling Anger
Dealing with Other Symptoms
Helping the School Support Your Child
Pick a Point Person
Keep the Focus on the Child
Check in with Your Child About School Events
Adjust Expectations for Schoolwork When Necessary
Find Out About Your Child's Curriculum
Hospital Visits
Prepare in Advance
During the Visit
After the Visit
Times When Visits Are Best Avoided
When a Child Doesn't Want to Visit
Alternatives to a Visit in Person
Visits at the End of Life
Financial and Legal Considerations
Don't Put Off Financial and Legal Planning
Your Expenses: What Are You Spending Now?
Your Income: What's Coming In?
Financial Planning for the Future
Legal Considerations
Special Considerations for Single or Nonbiological Parents
Why Planning Is So Important
The Bottom Line
Genetic Testing for Medical Illness: Your Child's Perspective
When to Consider Genetic Testing for Your Children
Principles to Consider
How to Talk with Your Child About Testing
If Your Child Is Not Biologically Related to You
If the Result Is Positive
If Results Are Different for Siblings
Final Reminder
When to Seek Professional Mental Health Services for Your Child
How Much Has Your Child's Behavior Changed Since the Illness?
Is Your Child Able to Continue to Function in Daily Life?
How to Find a Mental Health Specialist for Your Child
Leaving a Legacy
Guiding Principles
Letting Your Child Choose Something Personal
Existing Family Traditions
Your Child's Name as a Legacy
Legacy Funds
Other Ideas for Your Legacy Gift
Closing Thoughts
Making Decisions About End-of-Life Care
How to Decide Where a Parent Will Be at the End of Life
If a Parent Will Be Cared for in a Residential or Inpatient Hospice
If a Parent Will Be Cared for at Home
Discuss How Children Want to Hear About a Parent's Death
Funerals and Memorial Services
Family Conflict Makes Planning Harder
Making Your Child's Needs the Priority
How Young Is Too Young?
Planning the Funeral Is a Family Process
Memorial Services
Closing Words
Epilogue: Your Child's Bright Future