Recently, a client with diabetes told me about how her young daughter came home from school very upset and asked if my client was going to become blind.
Apparently, the parents of a friend at school were aware that my client is living with diabetes and had told their daughter, along with attempting to provide her with some education (we'll give the parent the benefit of a doubt on the accuracy of this information). The next day, this child relayed what she had heard, most likely with her own misinterpretation, to my client's child.
Other parents talk. Their kids listen and repeat what they heard. Or kids talk about what they observe in their friends' parents. And not always with a whole lot of tact.
Your children are left with their own questions. For you.
One of the things that parents who are living with a chronic condition often tell me they dread is when their children are asked difficult questions – or hear unkind comments – about their chronic condition. You are dealing with enough as it is, right? Now, how do you handle the effects that living with a chronic condition has on your child’s life?
I recently posted an article on this topic. Here’s a link:
I am wondering if this is ever an issue for you. If so, how do you handle it? Or, need some ideas?
I’m looking forward to hearing from you!
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