Tips To Help You Cope When Your Child Has Childhood Cancer

Tips to help you cope when your child has childhood cancer

Insightful tips to help your child, you, family, and friends.

  • Empower your child with knowledge about their cancer and their treatment. Age-appropriate information can help lessen fears and allows your child to take more control over their situation.
  • Focus on the positive and look forward to when the treatment finishes.
  • Having a child with cancer can put a lot of strain on your close relationships. Make sure you take time out to spend with your partner, family and friends.
  • Take the time to recognise when your child needs a little extra help and support. They may show signs of being sad all the time, can’t be comforted, can’t concentrate, have trouble sleeping, or often becomes upset and angry.
  • Take the time to recognise when your child needs a little extra help and support. They may show signs of being sad all the time, can’t be comforted, can’t concentrate, have trouble sleeping, or often becomes upset and angry.
  • Help your other children cope with a cancer diagnosis by letting them know that they are just as loved and valued as your sick child.
  • When your child is diagnosed with cancer, they will have a lot to cope with. It is important that they are surrounded by people who they can trust and feel loved by at all times.
  • Ensure your child maintains a good level of nutrition during their treatment for cancer. Entice them with healthy snacks and meals that are made with love…
  • Focus on moving forward, finishing treatment and getting back to a more normal life.
  • Ask close family and friends for help with home duties (cooking, washing, cleaning, shopping) and caring for your other children. They will want to help but may need guidance as to what to do. Don’t be afraid to tell them!
  • List all the things that are wonderful in your life and read them every day.
  • Visualise your goals for 10 minutes every day.
  • Let go of the people pleasing tendencies!
  • Cut the word “Should” from your vocabulary!
  • Eat a healthy diet! Eating a healthy diet is an important part of taking care of yourself. Aim to eat a variety of fruits, vegetables and whole grains every day.
  • Meditate daily! It can instill a sense of calm, peace and balance.
  • Get active! Virtually any form of physical activity can be a great stress reliever.
  • Avoid unhealthy habits! They can harm your health.
  • Laugh more! A good laugh can’t cure all ailments, but it can help you feel better.
  • Connect with others! Reach out to family and friends and make social connections.
List all the things that are wonderful in your life and read them every day.
Visualise your goals for 10 minutes every day.
Cut the word “Should” from your vocabulary!
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