Talking with kids about cancer

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Parenting through cancer can be tough. The word 'cancer' tends to evoke feelings of fear and anxiety, and as parents, we often want to protect our children from the tough stuff that happens in life. One way we sometimes do this is by not talking and sharing with them what is happening. But children, and even young children, can often sense when something is up. So what do you say to the kids about cancer and how much do you share?


Every child and family is different

There is no universal script. In this webinar, Nic Russell, the founder of Kenzie's Gift who parented through cancer, chats with psychologist Dr. Bernice Gabriel about talking to our kids about cancer.



Activities and Information

Below are some activity and information downloadables that you may find helpful when talking to your kids about cancer and their feelings.

Our booklet on Talking to kids about cancer will be available in mid November 2021. We will let you know when it’s here.

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In our guide you’ll find tips to help you talk honestly and openly about mate pukupuku with your taitamaiti or tamariki through all stages of your journey – from telling them about your diagnosis to engaging activities to help them understand more about mate pukupuku.


This isn’t intended to replace professional help and support when needed. If you feel you and your tamariki may need help from a professional, please reach out to Kenzie’s Gift.


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