It's important to stress to the school that not every problem your child has will be cancer-related.
Take, for example, 16-year-old Lyndsey, whose mom is being treated for cancer. One day she forgot to do homework for one subject. The teacher pulled Lyndsey aside and asked if she had time for homework. "He tried to make It all about my mom having cancer," Lyndsey says, "and I was freaking out because I really just forgot to do it."
What Lyndsey wanted -- and what parents need to say to teachers and administrators -- is that many teens just want to be treated the same way they did before their mom or dad was diagnosed with cancer.