My Children Are Struggling Because Of Our Divorce

My children are 7 and 10 years old. I am in the middle of a divorce that has been very difficult. My younger one is having meltdowns over little things like homework and the older one is getting in trouble at school. Neither wants to talk about what’s going on but it’s obvious that they are hurting. I didn’t want to end the marriage so it’s been very hard for me to help my kids when my heart is broken. What can I do to help them?


How much should we tell kids about their own health?

When it comes to deciding whether and how to talk to children about their own health, there’s no one-size-fits-all formula, some doctors argue.

Over the years, the pendulum has swung from a “protective” approach of telling kids little or nothing to avoid worrying them about bad news to an “open” approach of giving children all the facts and empowering them to make their own treatment choices.


Can you ever trust a dog around children?

Can a dog ever be trusted around children? A three-year-old boy has died from dog bite injuries. He's just one of a number of young victims killed by a family pet. These aren't necessarily animals known to be dangerous and on the banned list, or cases of children caught up in a dogfight in the park.

So can any dog - no matter how docile - "turn" and injure or kill a child?

It would seem so.


'Vital' For Parents To Discuss Sexting With Children

Parents believe sexting is a serious risk - but most have not spoken to their children about it, according to new research.

Nearly six in 10 parents have not discussed sexting with their children, despite 73% believing it is "always" harmful, an NSPCC study of 1,000 parents and carers found.

The most common fear - raised by one in four of those surveyed - was that a child would lose control of explicit photos of themselves.


Helping teens cope with the loss of a parent

One out of 3 children live in a home without their biological father. Whether children lose their father from divorce, death, abandonment or detachment, losing a parent can affect their lives in multiple ways. Studies show children from fatherless homes are more likely to become involved in drug and alcohol abuse, lowered academic performance and suffer from health and emotional problems.

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Trust saves lives

“They told me that at the Ebola hospital they would kill me and take away all my organs,” says 11- year-old Tonhon. She is the only one, so far, who has survived the recent Ebola outbreak in Guinea. But the rumours could have taken her life too.


No one left behind: Linking families to essential social services

For the last three years, I’ve been working to make Ethiopia’s Productive Safety Net (PSNP) both more nutrition sensitive and better connected to health services. PSNP is the main tool to help forward Ethiopia’s Social Protection Policy and Strategy, which provides regular cash or food transfers to over 8 million people in need.


Kyrgyzstan: Talking menstruation

Girls are scared, they don’t understand what is wrong with them, they think of many awful things and they don’t know what to do.

Some girls suffer so much that in some cases even commit suicide. Why?

Because they are having their period for the first time. In Kyrgyzstan, many young girls are not aware of menstruation, nobody talks to them about this and they are left alone with their fear.


Media acclimatizing us to pedophilia

While we don’t personally know the famous men unmasked in recent months as pedophiles, we all know someone a bit like them. And now we won’t be letting our children have sleepovers at their friends’ houses.


Children’s education is too important to be a casualty of war

When Ali and his family fled their home in Syria shortly after the war broke out, they had nothing but the clothes on their backs and hope for a better future.

Five years on, that hope has turned to despair.

Now in Lebanon, none of the family’s six children attend formal schooling, and 15-year-old Ali and his younger brother must work to support their family, digging potatoes for just US$4 a day.