Helping young people to cope with trauma or loss caused by terrorism

Events, like the recent Manchester bombing, has an impact on many of us. Something that should be an ordinary everyday treat, like going to a pop concert, becomes a traumatic event as a result of terrorist actions. Teenagers and children can be affected in different ways, whether they witnessed it or not, and many parents …

Helping children to understand terrorism and acts of violence

What do you tell children about terrorism and violence Terrorism is defined in the Oxford Dictionary as “The unofficial or unauthorised use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims.” Terrorist acts have played a major part in world events, increasingly so in more recent years.  Where an attack in Africa may not …

Telling a child you are divorcing or separating

The 7 Steps to Managing the Conversation About Divorce and Separation   This is a conversation that is normally best if both you and your ex are present.  Take the time to break the news early in the conversation so that you are spending much of the time concentrating on what will happen in the …

Supporting children through divorce and separation

Managing the separation of a family Making the decision to separate is not easy and it can take couples many years to reach that point.  Splitting up a family is tough and when young children are involved it can be traumatic at times, especially if the separation is not amicable.  Nowadays parental separation handled well …

Helping children overcome a natural disaster

Flooding, earthquakes, volcano or hurricanes and children Natural disasters are scary, very often they come out of the blue and we as adults are not prepared for them, let alone our children.  Very often our homes or our schools are affected and our family way of life changes overnight. How do you tell children about natural …