It’s not just what we say, it’s what we do. We have an audience with brains designed to absorb lessons.
“My kids know this could be very scary, they know it could be worse for Addi because this is not the first time or the last that our family will be taking these kind of precautions, families with medically fragile kids have prepared for this for their kids entire lives. That doesn’t make us less scared, it doesn’t mean we will be better off than anyone else, it probably does mean that the reflection we have on our kids during our “panic” is different than those of you who have never done this before.. my advice, try to stay calm in front of your kids. It’s good to inform them with age appropriate information but NOT scare them. When you are on the phone or talking to your spouse about the scary stuff keep in mind our very curious smart children are listening, this is confusing to them and we can make it an experience they remember but are not traumatized by. Be safe my friends!”
-Heather Cartwright, Cystic Fibrosis mom