Talking About: Children With Chronic Illnesses

You can use these family talking points to discuss chronic illnesses, specifically those affecting children. Use your parental discretion when determining which topics are appropriate for your child. For additional support when you sign up for A Magic Penny event, we will provide you with talking points about the specific organization we are partnering with.

Children with Chronic Illnesses

  • Once in a while, a child gets sick – not with a cold or flu that comes and goes, but with a more serious illness…
  • Sometimes a child’s body doesn’t work as well as yours so they need help from doctors or special visits to the hospital…
  • Some kids need special medicine or surgery…
  • “Chronic” means lasting for a long time or continually repeating…
  • Examples of “chronic illnesses” are asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, and cancer…
  • Children with chronic illnesses may not be able to participate in sports, on teams, or in art classes the way you can…
  • A child with a chronic illness still has thoughts and feelings just like you…

What We Can Do

  • We can donate money for research to create new medicine or devices to help children with illnesses…
  • We can donate equipment and materials so children with illnesses and their siblings can play sports and create art…
  • We can get adults to donate blood that will help children with illnesses or injuries…
  • We can lift spirits with hand-made cards, decorated with our hearts…
  • We can write messages to let children with illnesses know they are not alone…

What We Can Write or Say

  • We should avoid saying “get well soon” or “feel better” because chronic illnesses are part of their life…
  • We can make them feel special with uplifting phrases like, “You rock!” or “You are awesome!”…
  • We can cheer them on and show them they are not alone by writing, “I believe in you!” or “You are an inspiration”…

Created by Tracy Wiessbrod © 2016 A Magic Penny. All rights reserved.