I’m not talking about medical privacy but rather the general principle that parents should not share personal information such as medical histories with other parents.
This rule of thumb is particularly important if you have children with special needs. For example, if you have a child with autism, you may want to share your medical information with other parents. If you have a child with Down Syndrome, you may want to share your medical information with other parents to have a better idea of what treatments are available or what the risks are.
This rule is sometimes disregarded by parents. Even with good intentions, some people will withhold information for selfish reasons.
The parent-withholding-medical-information rule is especially important for parents with children with special needs. There are a number of reasons why this rule is often disregarded by parents: (1) Some people feel that they can handle having to tell their child about their own medical conditions, and they don’t want to worry their child.
This rule is not just limited to parents with kids with special needs. It applies to any parent who thinks they can handle having to tell their child about their own medical conditions. There are a number of reasons why this rule is often disregarded by parents 2. A parent would be a terrible caretaker if she or he had to tell their child about an illness their child might have and only that.
Parent A might only tell their child that they have cancer. Parent B might tell their child that they have a brain tumor. A parent B might tell their child that they have a brain tumor. And then, the parent A might tell their child that they have a brain tumor.
The rule against sharing medical information with other parents is often a fairly recent one. The idea is that being in a constant state of “unreliability” has made parents spend more time on other things, such as work, and have less time to spend with their kids. However, this is not entirely true. Parents who are extremely reliable are also highly productive people, and often find themselves having more free time than they do with a spouse. And the reverse does not always hold true.
For example, the same research that shows that kids who know their parents are reliable are more likely to be on their best behavior if they share medical information with them also found that kids who don’t know they’re reliable are more likely to do the very same thing. Anecdotally, I know a few parents who refuse to divulge their medical information, even to their kids.
I know some people are more open to this, but a lot of parents are just more cautious than they should be.