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How to Talk With Kids About Tragedies & Other Traumatic News Events

Television and newspapers today are filled with headlines about the tragic conflict with Israel and Palestine, and the brutal war between Ukraine and Russia.  In this very difficult time, children want to know what’s going on in the world and may be asking you questions about what they have heard discussed or seen in the media.  The American Academy of

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Parent Tips for Halloween

For those who celebrate, Halloween is a fun and exciting time for kids.
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But what do you do when your child is missing out on the fun? Whether staying home is necessary for the immunocompromised, or an ill child is stuck in the hospital for treatment, this disappointing situation is common for many of our Friends of Karen

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Helping Children Understand Leukemia

Our Sibling Support Program team of four child life specialists and creative arts therapists knows that learning about an illness is different than understanding it. Often when illnesses are not explained to children in an age-appropriate manner they may fill in the gaps with their imaginations, creating stories that may be even scarier than the reality. To help ill children,

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Back to School Jitters, Tips and Tricks

Back to school season has long been a busy time at Friends of Karen. For weeks employees and volunteers have been tirelessly working to fulfill school supply lists for our Friends of Karen children and their siblings. It is all well worth it when we receive photos of the adorable children smiling ear to ear with the wonderful backpacks

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Summer Fun, Tips for Parents

As we near the end of school and transition into summer, shifting schedules and routines can sometimes feel overwhelming.  The end of the school year is often very busy; add in treatment, the hospital, and clinic, and there can be a feeling of exhaustion for both children and parents. Here are a few tips and tricks for a smooth transition

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