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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

The Family Meal - is Work and Life Stress Affecting It?

<a href="/articles/the-family-meal-is-work-and-life-stress-affecting-it">The Family Meal - is Work and Life Stress Affecting It?</a>

Managing work‐life stress has become an increasing challenge for parents. All too often, stress from the work day spills over into family time and this can adversely impact the physical and emotional health of family members. Parents report that not being able to balance work/life stress is a major barrier to shared family dinners or family mealtimes. These simple tips will help parents to create enjoyable family dinners. 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

New Smartphone App to Help Find Missing Children

<a href="/articles/new-smartphone-app-to-help-find-missing-children">New Smartphone App to Help Find Missing Children</a>

This information will be of interest to so many parents. We are sharing a media release issued today by Australian Federal Police about a new smartphone application that would assist in locating missing children. Developed with the FBI the Australian Police Child ID application allows families to store photographs and vital information about their children on their mobile phone. In the devastating event that a child goes missing, this information can be immediately provided to authorities. Read full article

Children’s Rights vs Freedom of Religion and the Confessional Seal

<a href="/articles/children%E2%80%99s-rights-vs-freedom-of-religion-and-the-confessional-seal">Children’s Rights vs Freedom of Religion and the Confessional Seal</a>

Opinion: In response to the ongoing cascade of accusations and evidence of systemic and decades long child abuse, the federal government finally announced a Royal Commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse on Monday. One possible recommendation is already being mooted, that priests be obliged to report any knowledge of child sex abuse to police. Such an obligation would undoubtedly enhance protection of the rights of children. It would also interfere with the freedom of religion of priests if they are compelled to reveal information conveyed during formal 'confessions'. In this clash of rights, which should prevail? Read full article

Fire Alarms are Scary - a Child's Perspective

<a href="/blogs/sarahliebetrau/2012/08/27/fire-alarms-are-scary-a-childs-perspective">Fire Alarms are Scary - a Child&#039;s Perspective</a>

Last week, the fire alarm went off in our apartment building. It was incredibly loud and didn't let up. The kids were getting ready to have their bath when it happened. My husband and I looked at each other and took a few moments to register what was happening...Mr 6 has been growing up so quickly lately, asking increasingly mature questions and showing great resilience. So it surprised me when he became panicked ... 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

Is Parenting Stress Increasing for Mothers in Australia?

<a href="/articles/is-parenting-stress-increasing-for-mothers-in-australia">Is Parenting Stress Increasing for Mothers in Australia?</a>

Adults who are not caring for children are frequently reported to be ‘happier’ than those with children at home. Considering the financial and emotional responsibilities of parenthood, this comparative happiness trend may be unsurprising; and it has been reconfirmed in a recent Stress and Wellbeing survey conducted by the Australian Psychological Society. Adding to what we know about parenting stress, the survey indicated that an increasing number of women are significantly stressed by financial worries and family issues ... So what are some of the more effective parent stress management tips? ... Read full article

Moving with Children - a Child's Squeaky Voice Reaction

<a href="/blogs/biancawordley/2011/11/07/moving-with-children-a-childs-squeaky-voice-reaction">Moving with Children - a Child&#039;s Squeaky Voice Reaction</a>

The high-pitched, talking started a few months ago. Our three-year-old, who is known for her husky tones, began communicating in a squeaky voice. Aside from being incredibly annoying, it was also a little strange. We just put it down to her being three ... And then it dawned on me ... Read full article

How Children Teach and Learn Compassion

<a href="/blogs/sarahliebetrau/2011/10/26/how-children-teach-and-learn-compassion">How Children Teach and Learn Compassion</a>

The past couple of weeks have been very stressful for me. A close family member has been ill, and the whole family has been thrown into disarray. When things are hard it’s easy to become irritable due to sleep deprivation, anxiety and sadness. It can be hard to maintain good judgement and even-temperedness. I felt angry at the unfairness in the world and felt my hackles rising when I heard any-one whinge about having been stuck in traffic or unable to find a parking spot. Thankfully I was able to keep my cool with my children and actually enjoyed doing simple things with them such as reading stories as a kind of stress-release. Being with them also reminded me of the good fortune in my life. Read full article