Disclaimer: I was provided with the app below in exchange for the post. All opinions are 100% my own.
As you know, 2014 has been the year of the sick for us. Luckily…so far…Greg’s been okay enough to not be in the hospital, but the kids just might be prepared because they’ve been playing with a new iPad app this week–Luca Lashes Visits Mommy in the Hospital.
This app is a story in the “Luca Lashes” eBook series and tells children when to expect when visiting someone in the hospital by telling the story of Luca visiting his mommy in the hospital. There are interactive pieces to the app that my kids love (especially the balloon and heart monitor), too.
When I had some struggles during my pregnancy with Evan, Arianna visited me in the hospital. I’m pretty sure it was a bit scary for her – I was hooked up to all kinds of monitors and confined to the bed. No fun for a two-year-old! This story helps kids learn that hospitals are for help.
I was also sent these tips, which if this year keeps up, I probably should keep on hand. Please use these should you ever find yourself taking your child(ren) on a hospital visit.
Do you have a parent spending time at a hospital? Here are five suggestions to help a child through this.
(By Nicole Fonovich, co-creator of Luca Lashes Visits Mommy in the Hospital, from the “Luca Lashes” multilingual interactive App and eBook series.)
There are a few occasions in life where a child is going to have to visit a parent in the hospital. Accidents happen, surgeries become necessary…life happens. When these occasions require extended, or even just overnight stays in the hospital, children will want to visit their parents. Sometimes just to be reassured, other times to make the parent feel better. Here are some tips to help get you through this.
1. Get Crafty
Children can be very creative, especially when they make something for their parents. This can be a card, a trinket, or some other craft in which they can convey their feelings to their parent. With a little help, a child can make something that can make anyone smile! Add a picture to this and it makes a great memento!
2. Share a meal?
Parents who are in the hospital are eating hospital food, often by themselves. When getting a visit from their children, it might be nice to have a picnic together at the hospital to help make this day a little brighter. Even if all you can do is share the hospital food together, a shared meal is always a great chance to laugh and connect!
3. Use technology!
Visiting hours at hospitals and doctor schedules don’t often correlate to the best times to have children visiting parents in the hospital. With so much global wifi around us, it is possible to use video chat applications like Skype or Facetime to help children connect with and see their parents, and vice versa, when put into this situation.
4. Be calm when it happens
Both the parent bringing the child to the hospital and the parent in the hospital need to be as calm and natural as they can be. This is not a regular occurrence where someone needs to stay at a hospital for medical care, and children often do not understand what is going on. Remember, model the behaviors you want your children to emulate. Stay comfortable and calm to set the example!
5. Use resources
A lot of hospitals now employ special counselors to help family members dealing with a loved one in the hospital. It is important to use all the resources at your disposal to make any experience easier and less of a challenge for your children, so make sure to inquire at the hospital! Why re-invent the wheel?
Visiting a spouse in the hospital is always a stressful situation. Add bringing the kids along, and this job just got a whole lot tougher. After the visit is over, make sure to ask your children how the visit went, what they liked or thought about it. Dialogue is so important in making everyone more comfortable with new experiences.
Luca Lashes Visits Mommy in the Hospital is available at www.LucaLashes.com and all major eBook and App marketplaces.