Parents and Family Caregivers: Discover Journaling

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Medicine alone can’t heal your child’s heart.

Ask your hospital or ask us for a copy of Digging Deep. It’s one of the most valuable tools you can give your child, and it’s free. If you are like most parents of sick kids, talking about feelings just doesn’t seem to happen. It’s normal to be focused on the enormity of the medical needs of your child. Burdened by logistics, you are likely exhausted, physically and emotionally. With all the competing demands of family, time, and resources, making time for emotional health for you and your child may not seem possible. Plus, it can be very difficult to start conversations involving feelings, so the emotional needs of your child, and yourself, may not be met. But just because your child isn’t talking about feelings, doesn’t mean he or she doesn’t need to. Perhaps, like you, he or she may not know how to start.

Digging Deep can help you have these important conversations.

Already using Digging Deep? Please let us know how it is going.

Journaling is empowering.

Digging Deep - Parents of Sick Children and Family CaregiversIntrospection helps kids understand themselves and their feelings. It makes them feel stronger and more confident. Even when kids are sad or confused to begin with, after answering a few prompts they start to find peace and resolution. They look forward to the next time they can write in their journal. They express themselves better and this helps parents and the medical team respond to the child’s concerns. Learn more about the healing power of journaling.

Afraid you will open a can of worms?

Kids will only dig as deep as they are comfortable doing. But, if you are ever worried about something your child has written or said, please reach out to a caring professional immediately.

How can I help my child use Digging Deep?

It is important to let your child take the lead. There is no right or wrong way to journal, but we do recommend journaling on a regular basis and not when he or she is overly tired. Try to use it at the same time every day, to get in the habit of writing. Resist the urge to read your child’s journal – she or he will likely want to share in time. If you do read it, try not to judge what is written- remember, your child is the expert of his or her own feelings. What your child shares may make you cry, but that is a good thing for both of you. Sharing sadness, along with triumphs, are some of the most authentic experiences you can have with your child, ones neither of you will forget. Writing together or listening to your child’s story brings a profound closeness that may help you get through this difficult time.

Resources for Parents

Parents, if you are searching for organizations who are leaders in providing services to children with serious health issues, you may wish to explore the following: Starlight Children’s Foundation Make-A-Wish SeriousFun Children’s Network Soaringwords Project Sunshine Art with Heart Teen Cancer America Team G Foundation Stupid Cancer

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