In this section, you’ll find educational materials on talking to children about cancer and grief, as well as tips for handling traumatic experiences (like cancer) by utilizing mindfulness. Plus, you’ll find fun craft projects to do with your little ones, which is good for both parents and kids alike!
"Building Your Toolbox: Highlighting Resources Available to Support Grieving Children and Youth"
In May of 2019 the Children and Youth Grief Network and Andrea Warnick presented an online webinar knowledge exchange event that featured CYGN's most recent research that explores the needs of marginalized grieving youth.
"CHILDREN OF ALL AGES CAN BENEFIT FROM MINDFULNESS, THE SIMPLE PRACTICE OF BRINGING A GENTLE, ACCEPTING ATTITUDE TO THE PRESENT MOMENT."
This comprehensive and useful guide from the New York Times shows how to incorporate mindfulness into your own and your children's lives. Tips and information for age groups from infants to teenagers are covered!
"THE SEEDS OF EMPATHY, CARING, AND COMPASSION ARE PRESENT FROM EARLY IN LIFE, BUT THAT TO BECOME CARING, ETHICAL PEOPLE, CHILDREN NEED ADULTS TO HELP THEM AT EVERY STAGE OF CHILDHOOD TO NURTURE THESE SEEDS INTO FULL DEVELOPMENT."
Harvard's Making Caring Common Project gives tips on how to raise caring, thoughtful, and ethical children.
WHEN MINDFULNESS MEETS THE CLASSROOM
"It may not be the typical way to start an English class, but Gonzalez’s students were familiar with these five-minute mindfulness exercises—from counting breaths and focusing on the sensations of breathing, to visualizing thoughts and feelings—that he uses to help train their attention, quiet their thoughts, and regulate their emotions."
HOW TO AWAKEN JOY IN KIDS
"To help children navigate difficult times, we still need to encourage joy practices with our kids. Practicing gratitude and mindfulness during the good times gives them the energy to really put in a concentrated effort when things are difficult—sort of like charging a battery."
OLD ENOUGH TO KNOW BETTER: HOW TEENAGERS COPE WITH A PARENT'S CANCER
"Teenagers are pulling away from the family, forging their own identity. The news that a parent has cancer yanks the adolescent back into the fold – exactly where they don't want to be."This article may help you understand how a teenager is affected by a caregivers cancer.