Talking about difference with children
We live in an increasingly diverse society and children will inevitably
have contact with people from many different cultures, ethnicities and
family compositions. Parents play an important role in teaching
children tolerance and appreciation of difference in order for them to
flourish and succeed in their communities and the wider world as they
Talking with children about death
Children become aware of death, at some level, at a very young age.
They come across it in fairytales, on news reports, they see dead
insects or animals and may hear adults discussing it quite regularly.
Most children will have their first personal experience of
bereavement through the death of a pet or elderly relative and the
following might be useful to think about when helping a child to
understand and adjust:
Making things work after parental separation
Parenting can be hard at the best of times. It is hard enough when the
job is shared by two cohabiting parents, but when couples separate,
whole new ways of managing, both practically and emotionally, often have
to be found.
No matter how recently or long ago you separated,
there are some golden rules for parents who share custody of their
children that will help smooth the process and keep it as positive as
possible for all concerned.