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Strategies for parenting children from the people who care for them.
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The doctors, nurses, and social workers at Children's Memorial Hospital, who are on the front lines of our children's healthcare, have much to offer us. These are the people who help our children live -- and also watch them die. They teach us about caring for critically ill children and for those suffering from common illnesses. They give us ideas for getting kids to take their medicine, for talking to them about illness in words they'll understand, and even for saying "goodbye" when they're ready to die. And while these topics at times are sad, the strategies in the Parent Center can help us care for all our children in practical, hopeful, and healing ways.
Inside the Parent Center
Caring for Critically Ill Kids
Learn how to communicate effectively and why maintaining routines makes everyone feel better.
Dealing With Injuries and Emergencies
Try safety strategies to help you keep your kids out of the ER -- using words kids understand.
Finding Support
Make any hospital stay easier through simple, practical strategies.
Making Critical Decisions
Learn the questions to ask to help get your child well -- and how to let him go, if he's ready to die.
Top Features
Kid-Friendly Medical Index
Explain medical terms using language kids can understand.
Questions to Ask Before Making a Decision
Find out what to ask your doctor, your child, and even yourself.
Parent Stories
Maintaining Normalcy
Learn how three parents cope and find hope by resuming day-to-day routines.
Through a Child's Eyes
I'm Not Scared to Die
Mayra Santacruz expresses thanks to her mother, her doctors and her friends as she prepares to die.
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