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Children Have Rights – Why Does that Make Some People Angry?

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2012/11/21/children-have-rights-%E2%80%93-why-does-that-make-some-people-angry">Children Have Rights – Why Does that Make Some People Angry?</a>

When someone publishes a piece in mainstream media using the term ‘children’s rights’ or something similar, there’s often a stream of angry and defensive comments from adults who flip the argument to questions like “what about the rights of parents?” – usually those comments also express annoyance at the focus on a child’s rights...My question is – what are adults scared of? Why does the term “children’s rights” make some adults uncomfortable? Read full article

Impact of Economic Disadvantage on Children in Australia

<a href="/blogs/2012/08/23/impact-of-economic-disadvantage-on-children-in-australia">Impact of Economic Disadvantage on Children in Australia</a>

As an adult, it can be easy to forget what life was like growing up, to remember what mattered most, whose opinion counted and the daily decisions that needed to be made ...The University of NSW’s Social Policy Research Centre, in partnership with a range of non-government and government agencies, has recently released research that uniquely captures the experiences and insights of young people living in economic adversity. The Making a Difference study interviewed around 100 young people aged 11 to 17 years over an 18 month period. It offers a rare view on their experiences, how they cope with disadvantage and what they think can be done about it. Read full article

How to Support Siblings of Children with Special Needs

<a href="/articles/how-to-support-siblings-of-children-with-special-needs">How to Support Siblings of Children with Special Needs</a>

In spite of the challenges, many siblings say that having a brother or sister with a disability or chronic illness enriched their lives; that they have developed empathy, strength, tolerance and patience because of their sibling relationship. ...However, siblings of children with special needs do need special consideration. In Siblings Australia’s 2009 report, Supporting Siblings of Children with Special Needs, the authors refer to research indicating that siblings may experience “significant long-term physical and mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and relationship difficulties if their needs are left unaddressed. Read full article

Marvel Comics Helps Hearing Impaired Child Love his Hearing Aid - Video

We had to share this one: thanks to @AnIdleDad on Twitter for the heads up on this short and lovely video. A four year old boys is inspired by the generous people at Marvel Comics, who on hearing about his reluctance to wear his hearing aid, created a comic character called Blue Ear. Say no more, just watch this and smile. Read full article

Emmanuel Kelly on the X Factor - Must See Inspiration for all Children

If there is only one video you take the time to watch with your children this week, please let it be this one. Arun Abey who occasionally blogs for this site, shared this video with me today. it features the moving and gorgeous singing performance of Emmanuel Kelly on the Australian X Factor - rescued from an Iraqi orphanage with his brother, Emmanuel and his family demonstrate love, compassion, determination and everything that is good about humanity. I promise you will want to show this video to your children. Read full article