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Australia: The best place to be a parent?

How can we make Australia a better place to be a parent and what would that look like? Economists and researchers have compared Australian policies, business practices and community support with international best practice.Their report pulls no punches.

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Paid Parental Leave scheme turns 10

It’s been ten years since Australia first introduced its federally funded Paid Parental Leave scheme offering a payment for up to 18 weeks while you care for your baby. So what has changed in a decade and how do we compare to international standards?

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Quality programs for birth to threes

Many parents are anxious about sending very young children to a long-day-care centre. Professor of Early Childhood Sheila Degotardi answers the questions: Should parents be worried? What does research tell us about the impact on very young children?

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Family diversity: How to teach children

Whether your children are growing up in a single parent home, a nuclear family or with same-sex parents, foster parents or an adoptive family – Christmas is a great time to teach them about diversity and that families come in all shapes and sizes.

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How our childhood affects our parenting

Clinical psychologist Dr Sophie Havighurst says what happens in our childhood creates emotional triggers that affect how we react as adults. These automatic responses regularly play out in our own parenting and can be passed onto the next generation.

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COVID-19: Effects on children and families

Despite the hardships, families have found silver linings in the challenges of COVID-19, with the majority reporting their family unit is more connected, spent more time together and used their time at home to consider what’s important in life.

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Baby-bonding: Secure attachment for dads

When the relationship between a father and baby gives a ‘secure base’ to explore the world, the child forms a secure bond. Associate Professor Richard Fletcher, originator of the SMS4dads program, explores attachment and quality bonding for fathers.

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Stepping away from parental peer pressure

Many parents have felt pressure to follow what other parents are doing, but social media has added a new layer of complexity. From comparing childhood milestones to “keeping up with the Joneses”, Associate Professor Fay Hadley discusses how to cope.

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