Great question. Sometimes family members will focus so much on getting the individual better that they forget the toll the process has on the Kids. It is a tough thing to follow and the kids are scared and confused. The scared and confused come from same root and that is simply the “NOT KNOWING” part of the process and what will happen. During the process there’s a lot of moving parts and really no stability. Sometime the primary care taker is the one that needs the help and at the same time taking care of the kids the best they can. And when that is taken away that leaves the kids with an incredible sense of vulnerability.
The best thing you can do for the kids is give them a stable environment and keep things as normal as possible. Know there will be some bumps in the road, but as long as you are patient with them they will be more understanding and more receptive to talk if they need.