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Overcoming Fear of the Dark

“Mommy, keep the hall light on,” my six-year-old reminds me as I tuck his beloved blanket securely around his slender frame and lean over to kiss him good night. I’ve plugged in a night light in his room and another in the adjoining bathroom. The orange glow of the street lamp outside bounces off the wall over his bed. He already seems bathed in light, but I flip the hall light on anyway. 10 minutes later, I’m rewarded with the sweet, even-keeled breathing of a child asleep.

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Send in the Reinforcements - How to Care for the Caregiver

Honor the caregivers you know, whether they are a family member, friend, neighbor, or co-worker. By showing them your support, you are taking away a bit of their burden, sadness, guilt or pain, if only for a moment. Not sure how you can help? Check out these 12 suggestions.

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Easing the Transition When an Ailing Parent Moves In

A growing number of families with young children are caring for an aging relative. Whether it’s temporary care following surgery or longer-term care due to
 a debilitating condition, more and more families find
 the best option for caring for aging parents is to invite them into the family home. How can families ease the transition and help their young children adapt to these changes in the household? 

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Difficult Medical Diagnosis

Learning that you, your spouse, or another family member suffers from an incurable illness or a serious, possibly fatal injury is devastating. After the initial shock, you may wonder how to break the news to your children. “What we try and tell parents is that we can’t fix things that are heartbreaking, but we can make them easier to understand,” says Heather Kinney, CCLS, CPST, a senior child life specialist at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System (VCU). 

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