I was happy to connect with Dr. David Stukus, a pediatric allergist and director of the Food Allergy Treatment center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Stukus wrote a textbook called "Allergies and adolescents: Transitioning towards independent living." In this podcast episode we talk about how to help kids become more independent in managing their chronic health conditions.
Topics we cover include:
The importance of including children from an early age in decisions around their medical care
The best way for parents to discuss the child’s condition with them – what to say, what not to say, and when to say it
When and how parents can help their children learn to self-manage
The need for parents to adjust with each developmental stage their child goes through
These topics are something I focus on in my book, as parents used to just be on their own to figure it out. But now they can learn from Advanced Parenting a strategy and framework for out to promote their own child's independence. Order the book here!
If you like this episode, you can read more about these topics in Advanced Parenting. Chapters most relevant to this episode include 3, 5, 8, and 13.