We have just returned from a paediatric chaplains network conference in Phoenix, Arizona. One of the talks I attended was on how should we talk to dying children? Lots of insightful factors were discussed but what struck me most was one of the final pair of principles: do not lie to kids or bulldoze parents.
There is not only lots of wisdom for my world of paediatric chaplaincy in this but I wonder if the principle is not transferable to other contexts. It seeks to respect both the children / young people and adults by not misleading or being too directive. These sound helpful relating principles to save us from a ‘knowing best’ mentality when seeking to support families in their everyday and exceptional struggles.