It's in our nature to want to protect our children from bad news. But research shows that anxiety levels in children are higher when a cancer diagnosis isn't shared with them openly. Use age appropriate language and information. Children understand differing amounts at different ages. You know your own kids and you know what they understand, so use that knowledge. Model healthy coping and be honest in the answers to their questions.
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How do you talk to your kids about cancer?