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Is my 5-year-old too young for a conversation about death?

My sister recently passed away from cancer and my 5-year-old son is having trouble understanding what happened. He believes his aunt is “sleeping” and will “feel better soon.” Is there something we should be doing to help him make sense … Continue reading

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My daughter just confided she has been cutting, how can I help her?

My daughter, who is 14, just confided in me that she has been cutting for the past two years, since her now deceased grandmother became very ill. We talked at great length about this, and I suggested different ways to … Continue reading

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I know Christmas should be a happy time but it fills me with dread.

I know I should be looking forward to Christmas with my husband and children. My son (age 1) and daughter (age 4) are very excited about Christmas but I just think of Christmas with dread. I had a difficult childhood … Continue reading

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How do I talk to my five-year-old about death?

This past April my grandmother passed away.  My son, who recently turned five, seemed to deal with the news okay, however for the past few weeks he has been talking a lot about death.  He started to cry one night … Continue reading

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My son recently lost his father and his behaviour is becoming a problem.

My two-and-a-half-year-old son lost his father tragically almost four months ago. He slipped backwards about six months. My biggest concern is his inability to listen to rules or follow directions. I feel that this is a way to get my … Continue reading

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How do you prepare children for the death of a grandparent?

What is the best way for parents, and other family members, to prepare a six-year-old for the serious illness and impending death of his granddad who is in hospital? It is good to protect our children from harm. Sometimes we … Continue reading

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Is my five-year-old showing severe seperation anxiety?

My five year old daughter is showing severe separation anxiety?  About four weeks ago, her 8 year old uncle (my little brother) was killed in a car wreck.  We used simple terms and answered as many questions as she wanted … Continue reading

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