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Parents Together

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  • A place to learn and build connections

    A childhood illness affects the whole family. Many parents find themselves overwhelmed and uncertain about how to navigate treatment and the changes it will bring. They may worry about how to best care for their child while still maintaining routines at home and caring for their other children, too.

    It's common to feel isolated or lost during this challenging time. Our social workers and psychologists in Pediatric Psychosocial Oncology are here to help you manage many of these feelings and develop strategies for your whole family to get through treatment.

    The mission of Parents Together is to provide a space for parents to:

    • Create a toolbox of educational and supportive resources to help you manage the challenges a family faces after their child's diagnosis.
    • Build connections with other parents who are experiencing similar struggles.

    Parents Together helps parents of children treated at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center cope with treatment by providing resources and guidance in areas such as:

    • Managing treatment side effects
    • Helping your child take their medications
    • Improving family communication
    • Supporting siblings
    • Accessing support for your child's education

    Our Weekly Group Series

    The weekly group series offers parents an opportunity to connect with others who can relate to what they are going through.

    Recent session topics include:

    • Bringing a Bit of Calm into Chaos: Mindfulness Strategies for Parents
    • Fostering Good Nutrition During Treatment: Creative Tips
    • Tips and Tools for Helping Your Child Take Their Medications
    • Taking Care of Yourself When Your Child Is Sick
    • Helping Your Child Get a Good Night's Sleep

    Check the Dana-Farber Events Calendar for the most up-to-date information about upcoming sessions.

    Contact Us

    For more information about Parents Together, please email Larissa Hewitt at parentstogether@dfci.harvard.edu.