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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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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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Supporting mothers: Bring back the tribe

New mothers still need their tribe says Professor Hannah Dahlen. Professor Dahlen believes some mothers struggle and we need to provide them with real, practical support in those first few months, not just people who want to gush over and hold the baby.

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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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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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