#1: Be Honest About Scary Symptoms
Your children will likely see you go through some tough times. Whether it’s flare-ups or medication side effects, you’ll want to explain what’s going on. The key is to talk to your kids in an age-appropriate way. Young kids don’t need to hear every scientific detail, but some teens may take comfort in knowing more about what’s happening.
#2: Tell Them What You Need
Getting kids to listen and do what you ask can be a challenge any time, but it’s important that you tell them what you need, especially when your illness is flaring. Kids understand more than we give them credit for sometimes. Letting them know you need help with household tasks or quiet while you rest isn’t too much to ask. And you might be surprised just how much your kids listen when you’re honest with them about why.
#3: Schedule One-on-One Time
One of the frustrating things about dealing with a chronic illness is finding time to fit everything in. You need to keep up with your normal life. You need to fit in treatments. And you need to find time to rest and recover. During the adjustment-to-diagnosis phase, your kids may begin to feel left out. So make sure your new normal includes one-on-one time. During these times, they can ask questions and share about their lives too.