To tell or not to tell kids about cancer?

When it comes to parenting, it’s easy to be overprotective – especially when our children are young and impressionable. After all, we don’t want our kids getting hurt. So we haul out helmets and holler out warnings. And sometimes we hide the truth.

And the more we hover, the less they fall or fail. Or so we think. And the more we hold back, the less anxious they feel. Or so we like to believe.

Does a ten-year old really need to know that her aunt has breast cancer? And Parkinson’s?

I’m not sure. But if she does find out, she might begin to believe that living with disease is not the end of the world.


About Robyn Michele Levy

I am an artist, writer, radio broadcaster, performer, mother, breast cancer survivor. I also have Parkinson's disease. My memoir, Most of Me, is available at local and on-line bookstores.
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2 Responses to To tell or not to tell kids about cancer?

  1. Fern Kopel says:

    Interesting blog. Remarkably familiar situation. Food for thought.

  2. There’s lots on the menu, that’s for sure. Which is good because everyone has their own comfort food…for thought.

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