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Articles about Family

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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Managing family and work life balance

Children are now much more likely to grow up in working households, however stressed parents report feeling pulled in two directions as either devoted employees or perfect parents. Many are struggling in a world they feel requires them to be both.

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How to talk to children about adoption

Alice Hayes, Senior Case Manager from the Find-A-Family adoption team at Barnados says, for an adopted child, talking about their adoption doesn't need to be a momentous occasion, it should be an ongoing dialogue based on their level of understanding.

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Helping struggling families in need

At times we have all known families who are struggling and perhaps wondered how to approach them with offers of help, while many other families suffer silently refusing to admit to anyone they're in need. So how can we help our vulnerable families?

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How to balance motherhood and business

Research which surveyed 1900 entrepreneurs, reveals that women who own their own businesses face many added challenges in balancing the roles of being both a parent and a businesswoman, putting in 50+ hours of childcare each week on top of their jobs.

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What happens to marriage after children?

Being aware of the stresses that parenting can bring to a marriage or partnership and how to recognise them, learning to be flexible and resilient and knowing when and where to seek support, can all work to strengthen and stabilise relationships.

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Skin-to-skin cuddles help babies thrive

Touch is important for all newborns. Skin-to-skin care gives consistent, predictable touch that is comforting for a newborn and benefits both baby and parents. According to the research, it assists brain development and helps establish breastfeeding.

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