It is not always easy to talk to children about cancer. More often, parents do not know when is the most suitable time to communicate with them about cervical cancer and what to tell, especially young children and teenagers. Knowing how much information to provide them and concerning how they will react can be challenging.
There are some tips which you can consider when having a talk with your children about cervical cancer and protect them from distress.
1. Keep it simple
To some children, cancer can be something frightening. The most important thing you should remember is to keep everything as simple as possible. Do not try to find any complicated way to describe to them, but speak to them honestly and simply about what is going on. At first, you can ask their understanding about cancer and try to explain what they do not know.
2. Be honest
Because you have to speak to a young child, you should explain in language which surely your child will understand. Do not try to hide any information. Even though the word “cancer” can cause depressed, if you know who to describe it in the way of the cell growing faster than other cells in the body. The more accurate your information provided, the less confusion you child has to face.
3. Choose the best time and space to talk
Choosing the right time and the right place to talk to children can be the most important factors. You should choose when they are most likely to listen to and feel comfortable to adopt the information, and where you will not be interrupted or distracted.
Good preparation can prevent your child from shocking and feeling depressed. Especially if they are sad or upset, you should understand that they need to have you listen to their worries and help them overcome.
4. Be positive with them
Children are easily affected by the emotion of the adult. Thus, try to be positive to them and show them that everything would be alright and let them know you will be always by their sides. But remember to try to avoid making promises you are not sure you can keep. Most of all, the children need to see that their loved one is trying to do all that can make everything better.
5. Know who you are talking with
- Children under six. Sometimes, the children at this age do not usually understand what is going on. Try to make them feel comfortable and show them that everything does not change in a negative way.
- Children aged 6 to 12. Children aged from 6 to 12 can somehow understand about cancer and its effects. Try to explain them in a simple and straightforward way. Do not make them overwhelmed with the information.
- Teenagers. It is quite hard to talk with teenagers. They are also difficult to express how they feel and at times their behaviors. You should help them talk about feelings in the positive and mature way of coping. In addition, try to encourage them to talk to someone else or seek help if necessary.
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Review Date: January 13, 2017 | Last Modified: January 13, 2017
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