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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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Help for parents of stillborn babies

For most parents, pregnancy is a happy time filled with joyful anticipation, but in Australia 1,724 babies die each year. Acknowledging this trauma, leave entitlements have now been increased for parents dealing with a stillbirth or infant death.

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Why parents need to practice self care

According to research published in Clinical Psychological Science, parental burnout can have a huge impact on the lives of both parent and child. However, results suggest there are vital lessons about parental wellbeing and the value of seeking support.

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The state of Australia’s children: report

The good news is most of our children are happy, healthy and safe, according to a report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. However, children’s experiences and outcomes can vary depending on where they live and family circumstances.

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Support for new and soon-to-be dads

Associate Professor Richard Fletcher is originator of the SMS4dads program and in this open letter addresses the impact of stress on new or soon-to-be dads and their partners in this challenging time with Covid-19. Read his helpful tips for fathers.

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Coping with parental burnout and stress

Parenting can be romanticized as overwhelmingly joyful, but some parents are suffering from a level of exhaustion that amounts to parental burnout. Parents experiencing burnout however, can be reassured that with good support things can get better.

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The secret to making mornings magic

Mornings can be tricky. There’s not much time and lots to do. We're often tired and stressed. By helping our children manage their own mornings, more gets done with less effort. Plus children experience a boost to their confidence and self-esteem.

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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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