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Chch life: How it's changed for my kids

SALLY MCRAE
Last updated 10:23 19/02/2013

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Wow, it's hard to think of just one thing, but for me the major change has been with my children.

They have had to struggle with the event, the aftermath, the changes, loss of innocence, stress, loss of their schools in inner city, loss of trust in the world and lack of ability to plan from here.

We now have about 2-3 hours travelling per day to get to school, when it used to take less than 10 minutes each way.

The inability to give them the normal freedom to go off with friends and be outside of the inner sanctum of our family unit without having to check in, tell me where they are, when they will be back and how they are getting to and from.

The overall feeling is always "what if" and this occurs still at almost two years. For so much of their adolescence is now based around the earthquake and what occurred and being around a stressed mother.

Sadly with hassle and EQC issues they still live with a stressed mother but we are learning to do less of the "what if" and allow us to be in different places.


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