Parenting and caregiving through mate pukupuku / cancer can be tough. The word 'cancer' tends to evoke feelings of fear and anxiety, and as mātua / parents and caregivers, we often want to protect our tamariki / children from the tough stuff that happens in life.
One way we sometimes do this is by not talking and sharing with them what’s happening. But tamariki / children, even young tamariki / children, can often sense when something is up.
So, what do you say to tamariki / children about mate pukupuku / cancer and how much do you share?
Watch our webinar
Every taitamaiti / child and whānau is different so there’s no universal script.
In this webinar, Nic Russell, the founder of Kenzie's Gift who parented through mate pukupuku / cancer, chats with psychologist Dr Bernice Gabriel about talking to our tamariki / children about mate pukupuku / cancer.
Download activities and information
Below are some activity and information downloads that you might find helpful when talking to your tamariki / children about mate pukupuku / cancer and their feelings.
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Download our free guide
In our guide, you’ll find tips to help you talk honestly and openly about mate pukupuku / cancer with your taitamaiti / child or tamariki / children through all stages of your journey – from telling them about your diagnosis to engaging activities to help them understand more about mate pukupuku / cancer.
This isn’t intended to replace professional help and support when needed. If you feel you and your tamariki / children may need help from a professional, please reach out to Kenzie’s Gift.