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Articles about Family

Families struggle with work life balance

Tensions are high for parents juggling work and care. The National Working Families Report shows almost two thirds of working parents surveyed were struggling to care for their physical and mental health due to tension between work and parenthood.

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Understanding Australian life patterns

New data confirms that the challenges for parents are real - particularly mothers. Many working parents are struggling with the daily juggle of maintaining work and home and it is taking a toll on their physical and mental health and relationships.

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Foster care: Becoming a foster parent

Over 45,000 children in Australia live in out of home care. Foster and kinship care are forms of family-based care for children and young people who can’t live at home. Australia’s foster care system is state-based, requiring a variety of carers.

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Miscarriage: Why we should talk about it

In Australia, 103,000 families are impacted by miscarriage each year, and most miscarriages, around 98 per cent, happen within the first 12 weeks. However, a culture of silence may leave couples feeling isolated and unsupported at this difficult time.

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When part-time work has full-time hours

Many mothers opting for part-time roles to accommodate the responsibility of looking after their children, are ending up working well beyond their paid hours in order to meet expectations. So when it comes to the unpaid hours, who is the driving force?

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Gender Disappointment: A hidden shame

Gender disappointment is the disappointment in the gender of an unborn or newly born baby, beyond a preference. It’s when the expectant parent or parents have a desire for the opposite gender and they feel, not only disappointed, but robbed and angry.

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Housework myths: 'Men don't see mess'

It has been argued that women end up with the majority of housework because men “don’t see the mess”. Dr Leah Ruppanner says women are faced with juggling families and work as well as society's often unrealistic expectations to keep a perfect house.

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Mental load: How to share the mental load

You've made costumes, fed children, bought groceries, prepared lunches, ironed uniforms, refereed a sibling squabble and still made it in time for the annual concert. Sound familiar? You're probably carrying the lion's share of the family mental load.

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