Parenting: Helping children deal with serious illness

January 13, 2011 11:59:04 AM PST
My 90-year-old mother has spent the past four-and-a-half weeks in the hospital, with two infections, and is now in ICU with pneumonia. Her condition is really day-to-day. Clearly, this is stressful for me as a daughter, as I am concerned both about her health and about the effect of her condition on my 92-year-old father, who is also upset. And it is it also stressful as a parent.