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How to Care for Children After a Traumatic Event - Christchurch Earthquake

<a href="/articles/how-to-care-for-children-after-a-traumatic-event-christchurch-earthquake">How to Care for Children After a Traumatic Event - Christchurch Earthquake</a>

“I don’t like big erfquakes, They’re stupid!!” exclaims almost three year old Marco, now a veteran of two major earthquakes and living with his parents and older brother in Christchurch, New Zealand. Since September 2010 when the first major earthquake hit the ‘Garden City’ of New Zealand, Marco has labelled every run down building or scaffolding in the street as “Look at that big erfquake” and on the day prior to the February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, his house was burgled – his first reaction “an erfquake.” Read full article

Christchurch Earthquake 2011 - Grief, Media and My Family

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2011/02/28/christchurch-earthquake-2011-grief-media-and-my-family">Christchurch Earthquake 2011 - Grief, Media and My Family</a>

Last week was a quiet week for blogging and writing on happychild. I was distracted. My brother, his wife and their two little boys live in Christchurch New Zealand. They are fortunate and we are relieved – they are safe and their house has only minor damage. ... Since September, many people in Christchurch have continued to feel anxious and stressed and this has been compounded by the frequent aftershocks that jolt them out of temporary distraction, and remind them that they’re living with risk. Read full article

Parenting - Anxiety in Teenagers

<a href="/articles/parenting-anxiety-in-teenagers">Parenting - Anxiety in Teenagers</a>

Parents looking back on their own teenage years might think that anxiety was a normal part of the experience of awkwardly growing into their adult selves. And in fact, a certain level of anxiety is normal in everyone, says Dr Ron Rapee, Director of the Centre for Emotional Health at Macquarie University. But when your teen’s anxiety is starting to interfere with everyday life and preventing them from doing things they should normally enjoy, this could be a sign that your adolescent has a form of anxiety disorder. Read full article

How to Help Your Anxious Child

<a href="/articles/how-to-help-your-anxious-child">How to Help Your Anxious Child</a>

Anxiety is thought to affect around one in ten children, which makes it a very common, if not the most common, childhood wellbeing issue. Yet parents of children with anxiety are often confused. It seems that anxiety is part of your child’s personality, so how do you change it? And fears are a natural and important part of growing up, so how do you tell when your child has a problem? Read full article

Scare Tactics - When a Child Doesn't Want to Go to School

Ten minutes before we’re due to leave for school, my seven-year-old tells me, ‘I’ve got a sore tummy. I feel sick.’ Just a minute earlier she was running up and down the hallway with her little sister, giggling fit to bust. Now she’s clutching her belly and looking pale. Read full article

Overcoming Shyness

<a href="/articles/overcoming-shyness">Overcoming Shyness</a>

Do you have a shy child? Some degree of shyness can be normal in children but if your child is distressed or unhappy then there are things parents can do to help. Alison Tait spoke to Professor Ron Rapee from Macquarie University. Read full article