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Supporting young people through end of school exams

Hi all, With the end of school exams (called the HSC here in NSW) and trial exams coming up, what kind of tips and strategies do you use to help your child get through when dealing with the added stress of cancer?

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Parenting Through Cancer Virtual Drop-in Group

Hey Canteen Connect Parent community!

We will be hosting a virtual drop-in support group through Zoom about all things parenting through cancer during the current crisis. You will be able to access the group via a computer, tablet or smart phone. group...

Letter from Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business

Hi all,

We have been asked to share this message from the Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business. Please see below:

Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business Senator for Western 24 TO...

How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus

Hi Canteen parent community. I wanted to share this article with you: How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus.... Some really helpful and practical ideas here. I wonder though, would some of you modify the approach with cancer in the to hear from you. :) ...

Dumb arse things people say

Upfront I'd like to acknowledge that I'm sure people just want to connect and I'm positive that the majority of people are coming from a place of love and support, and they don't want to hurt with the things they say. Nonetheless I've been hit with some...

Maintaining normality with a ten year old and an 18 year back from interstate due to COVID-19

Strategies to encourage communication with the 18 year old male and the tween who is ten on the verge of puberty

So they stay or do they go

Hi my husband and I both have been diagnosed with NETs. He was diagnosed 5 years ago and is stable I was diagnosed last year - major surgery in November then diagnosed with carcinoid heart disease in Jan and now preppping for open heart surgery in July ...

Being strong for my daughter

Any other parents have a child/ young adult who has been diagnosed with a sarcoma?

COVID-19

Hi everyone,

We want to give you an update on how Canteen is managing coronavirus (COVID-19) as we’re having to make some changes to the way we provide support in the next few months.

You may be aware that cancer treatment can weaken the body’s immune...

Dealing With the Fear of Recurrence When Your Child Survived Cancer

It is very common for parents of a child who has had cancer to be afraid of cancer coming back (recurrence). Of course it’s also normal for your child and other members of the family to share the same fear. Here are some tips on how to cope with...

Side of Stage - tickets to James Morrison to give away! (Show this weekend 22/2/2020)

Hey Canteen parents!

It's exciting to introduce Canteen's Side of Stage initiative to the Connect for Parents community. Side of Stage has been providing Canteen young people the chance to win some amazing experiences at concerts and music events for...

People not understanding

I've touched on this before, my daughter and I are living away from home as she gets leukaemia treatment in Townsville. Both her and I talk to social workers a lot but I feel that they don't really understand how a 20 year old feels especially when she...

Family communication and mobile technology

When we're talking to parents about how to best communicate to their kids, we here at the CanTeen Connect team often talk about one main topic of frustration - mobiles! And importantly, encouraging young people to look up from their screens for long to...

Family Dynamics & Cancer

Here is a great podcast about how cancer can affect family dynamics.

"We often don’t think about the impact that a diagnosis has on a family but it’s actually crucial in those early days for families to begin to look at how they can change the way they...

Grief, change & loss through the holidays

Hi Parent Community, I’m Jerushah one of the CanTeen Counsellors. A topic of discussion as we head towards the end of 2019, how do you cope during the holidays? The holidays can be a lovely season of joy, family & friends, special gifts and delicious it...

How School Can Help Your Child When They Have Cancer

It’s important to let your child’s school know about their cancer diagnosis and treatment. School staff can support your child (and any siblings at the same school), and make special arrangements with their assessments at this challenging time. Once the...

14year old boy teenage issues

Hi, I am a parent of 2 boys (10&14 year olds). I was diagnosed with a liver cancer in September 2019. My husband (the boys father), passed away in a motor accident 7.5years ago. And I’ve repartnered in the last few years. My partner has been living with...

Australian Fires: supporting your kids at this unpredictable time

Hi Canteen Connect Parent community, We wanted to acknowledge the bushfires burning around Australia at the moment, and check in with you to see how you’re being impacted. These kind of events can feel really overwhelming, unpredictable and out of We're...

Moving Forward with Grief

Hey all... Cara from the Online Team here. I was a bit inspired by the "Dumb Arse Things People Say" thread, to start the convo here about grief, and perhaps what others told you to expect when your loved one died, and in the time since.

There's a great...