Each child’s experience is “their” experience. For many, retinoblastoma and its treatment is the only life experience they have. Our job as adults is to support them through that experience.
Your child needs lots of support in dealing with treatment and life after retinoblastoma. Support from family, friends and from the surrounding. He needs words of compassion, love, hope, and encouragement. There is much you can do to help him along the way.
If you are stressed, your child is likely to also be stressed, but if you are calm, your child is more likely to be calm and cope better with their cancer experience. Here are 45 tips to help soothe your body and mind.
Build your child’s self-esteem and confidence with words of encouragement throughout his life.
People react to difference. Children watch and listen, and learn perceptions of difference from these responses. They can be positive or negative.
Infant Massage is a beautiful, loving way for parents, babies and young children to bond. Therapeutic touch promotes early development and mental health for both parent and child, especially during difficult times.
Meet the adorable plush Worry Eaters! They can help children and their families face big and small worries with fun and creativity.
The effects of retinoblastoma can diminish a child’s confidence and sense of self-worth. Creating a unique “I Am” personal story book helps children focus on their positive attributes, abilities and achievements, building self-esteem as they explore all the wonderful things that make them uniquely “me”.
Children and parents benefit hugely from spending time with one another away from hospital. Camp Sunshine offers the world’s only retinoblastoma camp – for the whole family.
During chemotherapy treatment and recovery, families often need to isolate to protect from infection. These 40 activity suggestions may help keep children entertained when you are confined to home for an extended time.