TIP of the WEEK: Complicated Topics


There are times when we need to explain things to our kids that we ourselves cannot understand. Divorce, death, family members fighting or not speaking, seeing something good happen to the kid at school who picks on them- all of these are circumstances that can have complicated and confusing details that many of our kids cannot conceptualize. If you feel that your child can understand the basics then stick to those but in some cases, even the basics of a complex situation can be too overwhelming.
The bottom line is that our kids look to us to feel safe and to know that everything is going to be ok. There may be times when we question if things will turn out well in the end but it is important that those feelings of insecurity and doubt are not passed down to our children. Assure them that they are safe. Keep to their routines as much as possible. Talk about your feelings openly to other adults out of earshot of your kids.
As your child grows they will be exposed to a number of things that they may not understand, just as we all were. Feeling safe and knowing that no matter what, they will be cared for is the best way to get them through confusing and complicated times.



Patrice Carroll is Latham Centers’ world-renowned Prader-Willi Syndrome specialist. She works with Latham Centers’ residents with PWS, their families and consultants, continuously learning and teaching about PWS best practices. 

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