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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

UNICEF Kit Helps Children Talk about Natural Disasters

<a href="/articles/unicef-kit-helps-children-talk-about-natural-disasters">UNICEF Kit Helps Children Talk about Natural Disasters</a>

Floods, fire and earthquakes are events that many Australian and New Zealand children experience in their lifetime. And children all over the developing world also frequently experience trauma as a result of natural disasters. UNICEF Australia's chief executive officer, Dr Norman Gillespie, spoke about the recent Queensland and NSW floods and Tasmanian bushfires when releasing UNICEF's new information kit on talking to children about natural disasters. The kit can be downloaded for free. Read full article

Anniversaries of Natural Disasters - Anxiety Risks for Children

<a href="/articles/anniversaries-of-natural-disasters-anxiety-risks-for-children">Anniversaries of Natural Disasters - Anxiety Risks for Children</a>

With anniversaries of the devastating 2011 summer of disasters returning tragic images to our screens, parents should consider the impact on children of repetition of these traumatic events. Australian Council on Children and the Media Vice President and child psychologist Dr C Glenn Cupit, says “parents would be wise to avoid exposing children to replays of footage of disasters.” Although children may not have physically experienced the traumatic event, exposure to disaster-related media “can leave children with lasting memories, the recall of which can create anxiety and stress.” 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

Friday 21 January 2011 Latest Parenting and Education News

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2011/01/21/friday-21-january-2011-latest-parenting-and-education-news">Friday 21 January 2011 Latest Parenting and Education News</a>

Friday 21 January 2011 - Links to Latest Parenting and Education news: Homophobia Program NSW Schools ~ Depression and Video Games ~ Language and Surrogacy ~ University Skills ~ British National Curriculum ~ Children Process Flood Trauma Queensland 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

Christchurch Earthquake 2010 - I am a Mother of Two Boys

<a href="/blogs/michelleforward/2010/09/08/christchurch-earthquake-2010-i-am-a-mother-of-two-boys">Christchurch Earthquake 2010 - I am a Mother of Two Boys</a>

I am the mother of two young boys (2 and 5) and currently living through the aftermath of a 7.1 magnitude earthquake in Christchurch New Zealand. The earthquake hit at around 4:35am on Saturday 4th September 2010. My husband and I woke up with a most horrendous bang and our first instinct was getting to our two boys Read full article