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Other things for you to consider.
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© University of East Anglia
When having your conversation:
  • Everyone’s child is different, and some will want to talk more than others. What’s most important is that you’re there for them when they’re ready to talk.
  • If your children don’t seem interested or don’t ask a lot of questions, that’s okay.
  • Trust yourself. As a parent, you’re one of the leading experts on your child. You know how to be a parent – that’s skill enough to be going on with.
Remember also to look after yourself:
  • This situation can be stressful – regardless of your age. To look after the people you love, you also need to look after yourself.
  • If you notice that you are feeling anxious, take some time to calm down before having a conversation or answering your child’s questions.
  • If you are feeling worried, tell your child that you will find some information and talk to them soon.
When having your conversation:

  • Everyone’s child is different, and some will want to talk more than others. What’s most important is that you’re there for them when they’re ready to talk.
  • If your children don’t seem interested or don’t ask a lot of questions, that’s okay.
  • Trust yourself. As a parent, you’re one of the leading experts on your child. You know how to be a parent – that’s skill enough to be going on with.
© University of East Anglia
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