Have you noticed more opportunities to discuss health with your child? Have they been asking more questions about something they heard on the news? Have you recently donated resources to an organization centered around health? Perhaps more conversations are centered around someone in the family undergoing treatment. Whatever your reason for starting the conversation, we want our youth to feel heard and supported while talking about illness.
According to Jean Piaget, children usually go through each developmental stage based on age. I recommend that parents keep Piaget’s guidelines for development in mind and determine any minor shifts that they think are necessary. For instance, if a child is nearing age seven and may not have reached concrete operational yet the parents may opt to have these discussions in the preoperational age to help the child understand in a way that’s most likely going to make sense to them.
Megan Bowling, M.A., LMFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has been in the mental health field for more than ten years and is passionate about sharing mental health wellness strategies.