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Free Talk About the Impact of Violence and Trauma on Children

Join child psychiatry expert, Professor Louise Newman, in conversation with ABC Life Matters presenter, Natasha Mitchell, and a childcare trauma specialist as they explore the impact of violence and trauma on children’s development. This Next 200 Dialogue is hosted by The Benevolent Society, the State Library of NSW and Radio National. Read full article

Losing a Parent to Cancer and Finding a Place to Heal

<a href="/blogs/2012/10/15/losing-a-parent-to-cancer-and-finding-a-place-to-heal">Losing a Parent to Cancer and Finding a Place to Heal</a>

Maree’s husband, Allan, died earlier this year after battling brain cancer, throwing her world into turmoil and disrupting the lives of her two young daughters as they struggled to cope with the fear and devastation of losing their father, and the uncertainty this meant for their future. Read full article

Losing a Much Loved Pet - a Lesson in Love for Children

<a href="/blogs/catherinesim/2011/07/06/losing-a-much-loved-pet-a-lesson-in-love-for-children">Losing a Much Loved Pet - a Lesson in Love for Children</a>

Our children have always grown up with pets of some description ... Our longest survivor and most beloved pet was Loki, the Bernese Mountain Dog. Riddled with anxiety about storms, fireworks, water, feathers and tradespeople, she ruled our lives and loved us with joyous enthusiasm. It was with great sadness, (and some poignant relief because we’re about to renovate and the tradesman thing was going to be tricky) that we realised she was dying. Read full article

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

Monday 17 January 2011 Latest Parenting and Education News

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2011/01/17/monday-17-january-2011-latest-parenting-and-education-news">Monday 17 January 2011 Latest Parenting and Education News</a>

Monday 17 January 2011 - Links to Latest Parenting and Education news: Queensland Floods Parenting Ideas ~ Childcare Worker Shortage ~ Children at Parents' Funeral ~ Teacher Training ~ Autism and Stress ~ Milk and Bowel Cancer ~ Benefits of Family Meals ~ Facebook Bullying Leads to Charge ~ Is Baby's Sleep Normal? Read full article

How To Help Children Cope with Grief and Death

<a href="/articles/how-to-help-children-cope-with-grief-and-death">How To Help Children Cope with Grief and Death</a>

Children are often the forgotten mourners when a family experiences the death of one of its members. The language of their grief is not always easy to see or hear and is frequently misunderstood. For this reason, they may not receive the attention they need to help them learn to live with the pain of loss. This article gives practical ideas for parents and carers to help children cope with death, the funeral and grief. Read full article

Last Lesson from My Mum

<a href="/blogs/carolduncan/2010/06/05/last-lesson-from-my-mum">Last Lesson from My Mum</a>

Firstly, I'm a journalist, not a psychologist. I am, however, a mother and a daughter. My sons' introduction to grief, big earth-shattering loss, was also my own. On Boxing Day 2007, two days short of her 70th birthday, my mother suffered an enormous stroke and literally dropped dead. In my house. At the feet of my sons - then aged 4 & 6. Read full article