What do you tell your children?

Updated on December 16, 2019 in Gastric Sleeve Success Stories
4 on December 13, 2019

When I had surgery my children were luckily already old enough to understand what was going on, so before the surgery I sat them down to explain what was going to happen. What do you do when your kids are still a bit young to understand? Do you just not tell them?

 
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1 on December 15, 2019

My children were pretty young when I had weight-loss surgery and we still told them.  They needed to understand why I couldn’t pick them up and hold them for a while since you aren’t supposed to lift much weight until a week or so has passed.  My kids needed to know why they couldn’t just run in and dive on me for hugs.  One stray knee in my tummy era would’ve been incredibly painful and could cause an injury. I didn’t want them to feel rejected, so I really wanted to explain things and to let them know that it would all go back to normal eventually.  

My husband and I kept the focus off my weight though, just in case little ears might hear the words and question whether their own bodies were thin enough.  We emphasized that I was having this surgery so I could be more active with them and so I’d be around for a long, long, time since it would help me become healthier.

on December 15, 2019

What a great approach this is because you do not want to talk about weight when they are at an age when they might not fully comprehend. It can be a dilemma to explain what the surgery is about because kids will always ask questions any time they want to.

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0 on December 15, 2019

I don’t have kids, but if I did, I would try to explain that I was having surgery in a way that made sense to them. If they were young, I’d let them know that I was having a procedure and not go into a lot of details. I’d try to explain that I couldn’t lift them up for a bit, but that I would get back to normal. 

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0 on December 16, 2019

Yes, it is much easier when they are a bit older, explaining what surgery is, and in a way that makes young children understand can be an uphill task. However, with the right approach, kids can be a source of inspiration and support.

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