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Supporting Children When Someone They Love Has a Serious Illness Part 3 – Guidelines for Children 6-8 Years Old

Part 3 of our 6 part blog series sharing coping tips to help support children when someone they love has a serious illness.  Guidelines for children 6 – 8 years old Children between the ages of 6-8 will often feel anxious during a serious illness.  They fear being left and can feel they are the cause of family distress. They often blame themselves for bad things happening. Their actions are often tied to what is happening around them.  They may feel rejected when the person who is ill is less able to be part of usual family activities. Behaviors to expect: Showing many different feelings such as anger, anxiety, sadness, fear, and feeling left out or forgotten More conflict between siblings More acting out or sulking when separated from parents Strong requests that their personal activities not be changed and loud protests when activities are changed Concern about how the