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Child Life On Call: Parents of children with an illness or medical condition share their stories with a child life specialist

Jan 4, 2023

On today's episode, Katie shares with our listeners how Grandparents can support their kids and grandkids during an illness or diagnosis. During the holidays with lots of family time, this topic came to mind. Grandparents are an integral part of the family, whether they live near or far. This episode gives practical ways Grandparents can support their kids and grandkids.

[1:58] Hard conversations during the holidays

[2:17] How can Grandparents give support

[4:05] When your child is hurting. your heart is in a million pieces

[4:45] When is it ok to ask questions

[5:25] "Can you let me know when a good time is?"

[6:32] I love you, I'm here, I want to be useful

[7:00] Let them know that you are there without expecting a response

[7:58] Write down your questions

[8:30] How can Grandparents advocate?

[9:26] Sitting down with your child and ask their wants and needs

[10:00] Helping with everyday tasks

[11:07] Resources for Grandparents

[11:32] Online resources to help navigate

[12:38] The role of Grandparents is so important

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