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Supporting the Mental Health of Caregiving Grandparents

<a href="/articles/supporting-the-mental-health-of-caregiving-grandparents">Supporting the Mental Health of Caregiving Grandparents</a>

study of grandmothers in the United States has revealed that grandmothers who are raising their grandchildren experience more depression and family strain than grandparents who are not primary caregivers. A growing number of families are now classified as ‘grand-families’ – over six million U.S. households have a grandparent living in the house. What helps them deal with the stress of caregiving? Read full article

Therese Rein's Inspiring Letter to her Granddaughter Josephine

<a href="/articles/therese-reins-inspiring-letter-to-her-granddaughter-josephine">Therese Rein&#039;s Inspiring Letter to her Granddaughter Josephine</a>

On 22 June 2012 Therese Rein presented at the Young Minds conference and shared some personal stories of resilience - I sat and listened with the entranced audience. Towards the end of the presentation, Ms Rein spoke of her wishes for Josephine, her recently born granddaughter. I was so moved by this that I rushed out like a groupie and asked Ms Rein if she would share these words with me to publish on happychild; graciously she said yes, and consented to a photo with me. The photo is just to prove how keen I was! So here are the words for you also. Let me know if you love them as much as I do? "Letter to Josephine" Read full article

Will Your Children be Boomerang Adults?

It is reported that there is a trend towards young adults moving back home to their parents' houses after study or a few years of work. Often this is for financial reasons but there are other good reasons too. This is referred to as the "Boomerang Generation". On Channel 7's The Morning Show Yvette Vignando discusses why this might be happening and some ideas for parents and adult children to make the boomerang experience go smoothly. Read full article

I Have Nana Envy

<a href="/blogs/sallycollings/2011/09/01/i-have-nana-envy">I Have Nana Envy</a>

I have a bad case of Nana envy this week. It’s all my friends’ fault. Friend number one – let’s call her Snow White – is heading off for a week’s skiing in Falls Creek. She tells me that they have friends living down that way, who will pick them up from the airport. I’m wondering what sort of people mover these friends have, to be able to accommodate two adults, three children and a week’s worth of luggage. "Oh no," says Snow White. : "Our kids aren’t coming – their nana is going to look after them for the week." Read full article