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Articles about Parent health

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COVID-19s serious impact on women's health

A study by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute has found a third of women have experienced a huge impact on their maternal mental health and wellbeing. Women have also reported ongoing fatigue and parenting stress as a result of the pandemic.

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Why seek parenting advice and support

In any other job, people are trained. Sometimes for years. However, with parenting, there is a real sense that parents are supposed to naturally know how to parent. Dr Becky Kennedy says parents shouldn't hold back from seeking guidance and support.

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Caring for dads and their mental health

Despite the focus on men’s mental health, fathers are experiencing increasing levels of anxiety and stress from the effect of the pandemic, lock downs, balancing work and family, natural disasters and financial strain from the rising cost of living.

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10 tips to get your children to listen

Feeling like you are talking to a wall? Dr Justin Coulson, author of 7 books on raising happy families and host on Channel 9’s “Parental Guidance”, explains why that is and gives 10 expert tips on how to connect and get your children to listen to you.

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Hypnobirthing: Benefits of a calm birth

Every woman’s birth experience is different. For many it is a positive and empowering event, for others it may raise some normal anxiety and for some the descriptions of the pain and possible complications of childbirth contribute to feelings of dread.

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Aussie fathers choosing parental leave

The shape of Australian families continues to change and so too does the role of Aussie fathers. According to the first Workplace Gender Equality Agency’s Gender Equality Scorecard, fathers’ uptake of parental leave has doubled in the last 12 months.

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Managing children and work from home

Busy parents are doing the best they can but many will agree that working from home with children can be tough. Dr Jade Sheen from Deakin University's School of Psychology says there are ways for parents to get the children to work 'with them".

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Mental Load: Behind The Superwoman Myth

In The Superwoman Myth: Can Contemporary Women Have It All Now? The authors ask, Who knows when the family is low on toilet paper, does the birthday and Christmas shopping and juggles child care in your house? These are all examples of mental load, and in most households, it’s usually handled by one person. Is that person you?

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