Tips for Talking with Children About Injury
Communicating with one’s child or children about the war injury of their parent is a difficult, but necessary task. It is natural to want to “protect” children from unpleasant information, but this approach often backfires. Young children, even infants and toddlers, pick up on emotional changes in the family, and often assume the worst. Many parents express concern about how to communicate with children of different ages, and what to communicate about the parent’s injury. Experts in injured family care have prepared this fact sheet to guide you on communicating with children of all ages at this difficult time. There is also information on preparing children for hospital visits. As an important adult in the life of your wounded service member, your comfort level, especially with regard to your children’s experience, is an integral part of the recovery process. We hope this information helps you and your family on the road to recovery.