Extreme Parenting

Parenting Your Child with a Chronic Illness

Foreword By

[A] valuable addition to the literature on chronic paediatric illness... The book provides an in depth understanding of the path through chronic illness, illustrating the obvious effects on the child, but also the parents, siblings and the family as a whole across the spectrum from the psychological and social to the physical... There is much to be learnt from this book and it deserves careful reading.'

- from the Foreword by Hilton Davis, Emeritus Professor of Child Health Psychology, King's College London

Parents of children with chronic illnesses experience 'extreme parenting'. Parenting under extreme circumstances, like an extreme sport, challenges us to find our true strengths, to push ourselves physically and emotionally.

This book is a guide and a source of support for parents of children with long-term illnesses. Sharon Dempsey argues that by helping parents to cope with their child's condition we are ultimately helping the child, and that parents are better able to live a full, enjoyable life if they have an awareness of strategies and knowledge to cope with the difficulties of dealing with their child with a chronic illness.

The guide is packed with practical advice, models of exploration and lists of action points, and will empower parents to be good advocates for their children. It will also provide health professionals with invaluable insights into the demands of living with chronic illness.

£15.99
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Press reviews for: Extreme Parenting

Professional Social Work

I found myself moved at the poignancy of this well-written book. The book addresses material that is painful to think about, such as telling a child they will die. Though difficult, the advice is realistic and emphathic... While you may hope never to need to read such a book, there may be times, whether to help a friend or relative or for professional reasons, where it could prove invaluable. I can certainly highly recommend this work.

The Practising Midwife

What is especially good about this book is that it is not just about how you might be feeling or what the child might be thinking. It offers practical advice on issues such as coping with treatments, communicating with the medical staff involved and ensuring that day-to-day family life is not ignored. Ultimately Extreme Parenting is not only for those families who are going through these experiences; it is also a useful guide for professionals and medical staff to help them gain an insight into the day-to-day reality of caring for a child with a chronic illness.

Current Awareness Service

A guide and source of support for parents of children with long-term illnesses.

Maria Housden, author of Hannah's Gift: Lessons from a Life Fully Lived

Sharon Dempsey's well-written, thoughtful and practical guide to caring for a child with a chronic illness is all the more valuable to parents and families, because she speaks from her own experience.

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