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Raising an Emotionally Healthy Child When a Parent is Sick (A Harvard Medical School Book) Paperback – December 21, 2005
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“A must for any parent dealing with a serious illness. Its wisdom, insight, and commonsense advice are also invaluable to the spouse, partner, brother, sister, or friend supporting one who's facing the demands of raising children while struggling with illness.”
--Soledad O'Brien, anchor, CNN, "American Morning"
Two Harvard Medical School psychiatrists help you prepare for the special parenting challenges that come with illness. Based on the Massachusetts General Hospital's acclaimed PACT program (Parenting at a Challenging Time), Raising an Emotionally Healthy Child When a Parent Is Sick helps you:
- Communicate with your child about the illness
- Understand each child's unique temperament
- Organize a family support system
- Maintain a daily routine and reestablish normalcy
- Prepare for hospital visits
- Answer tough questions about death and dying
“This book helps you deal with the twin challenges of illness and raising children. Whether you are feeling confident or overwhelmed, Rauch and Muriel's logic and caring advice help you understand your child's perspective and respond in healthy ways. In doing so, you'll nurture everyone's hope and happiness in hard times.”
--Wendy S. Harpham, M.D., FACP, author of When a Parent Has Cancer and Happiness in a Storm
“Drs. Rauch and Muriel . . . provide sophisticated, developmentally appropriate advice, practical suggestions, and simple wisdom clearly and without jargon. I highly recommend their book.”
--Gerald P. Koocher, Ph.D., professor and dean, Simmons College, School for Health Studies, and president, American Psychological Association, 2006
About the Author
Paula K. Rauch, M.D., is founder and director of the PACT program at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she also serves as chief of the Child Psychiatry Consultation Service. She is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
Anna C. Muriel, M.D., M.P.H., is on the PACT staff at Massachusetts General Hospital and an instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
Top Customer Reviews
Having her, and her book as a resource for ALL my questions on how to talk to my daughter, how to handle the school and how to talk about cancer was so invaluable, especially the first overwhelming months.
Friends have been great, but they don't know what to say when I'm not sure about whether I should let my daughter have a mental health day from school. Dr. Paula has seen it all before and has such an easy way of explaining herself and has so many of the answers I am looking for. The book has an easy to read style.
Early on, Dr. Paula explained to me the name of her organization, "Parenting at a Challenging Time". I thought it was kind of a mouthful! She explained: it's her goal to get to families/kids early in the illness to give them emotional support and understanding. She told me why this was SO crucial.
She feels that helping kids/families go through this experience as if they are on bumpy road, and each time a big bump is there, there are people or coping skills, or hugs to get them through so they can continue down the path, emotionally healthy. She feels if kids do not get that support right away, that the experience becomes what she calls, a traumatic one; one that causes the child to turn inward, and one where they learn no coping skills and do not continue on an emotionally healthy track.
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With the aid of this book we were able to parent our children, with reasonable success, through a very dark five years. We had the advice we needed, even in the middle of the night when no cancer support group is awake. And it was still useful in those terrible days after my husband died.
I cannot recommend this book enough. Clear, concise, easy to read, helpful and informative.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you are a parent and find yourself facing unexpected illness or surgery, this book is fantastic! Provides real life assistance to real-time issues we that are dealing with... Read morePublished on April 17, 2013 by M deSoto
This book was purchased for a friend who's husband is very ill and their daughter is having a hard time coping. Read morePublished on August 3, 2008 by S. Reise
This book provides priceless information for parents. The book gives timely information on what/how to tell kids when their parents are sick. Highly recomended!Published on March 18, 2007 by Reader