What if I have more than one child in the same age range?
Most of the tools can be shared but if you have two or more children in the same age range, you might like to get an extra cuddly toy that come in the kit, or an extra pocket friend. Email us and we will help you decide. For Pip’s Kit, an extra child pack can be purchased.
Are the different parent’s guides the same?
The fundamental information is the same, the parts that differ focus on children’s reactions within a specific age range.
My child is 12 but is emotionally younger?
That’s fine. The Tiger Cloud Kit has a wide range of tools that can be used with older children. Sometimes it is easier for a child, who might be worried, to engage with younger designed tools.
My child is 2 but has already got a good understanding, what do you suggest?
The Hedgehog Cloud Kit has tools such as the Doll’s house and Truffles the Hedgehog, that will engage young children. The tools for this age group focus mainly on role play so there is no prescriptive way of using them.
What is the point of the creative tools?
To try and encourage children to find ways to cope, calm down or take time out. Creative play is very good at supporting this. Often children draw or play out their worries so adults around them can pick up on this.
I have been diagnosed with incurable cancer, are these kits relevant to me?
Yes definitely. Pip’s Kit has specifically been designed for children who have a parent with incurable cancer.
Can I use these tools with adults who might find them engaging?
Yes. Most of us adults find reading and engaging with material design for children easier, especially when under stress.
Can I buy a ready-made kit and add extra tools to it?
How do monthly calendars or daily timetables help children?
Children feel in control and secure when they know what is happening each day. Reminding them of the days a parent needs rest enables them to manage their own expectations. It’s good to have some ‘non-cancer related’ events, such as swimming lesson, written on the calendar so they don’t feel like cancer has taken over their lives completely. Also remember to put fun things on too.
How do use the Feeling Tree?
The Feeling Tree can help a child (or adult) expressed how they are feeling by finding the right emotion and sticking it on the tree. It provides a simple non-verbal way of communicating with each other. It’s up to you as a family how it works. Some people put the tree up in the bedroom and leave it. Some people have it in the kitchen for all the family to see.