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Articles about Relationships

Young girl being consoled by her father

3 reasons why children have big feelings

Dr Justin Coulson is a three-time bestselling author, a TEDx speaker, and one of Australia's most popular relationships and parenting experts. In this article he explains why our little ones have big feelings and the developmental realities.

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Father and child on the lounge

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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Father and two toddlers washing up the dishes

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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Mother working and looking after two children

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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Tired mother with baby

Sleep problems aren’t just for babies

Poor sleep can affect a person’s quality of life, so what does this mean for parents who are regularly up at night? Dr Bei Bei, a senior lecturer and clinical psychologist looks at the consequences of poor sleep for parents and how to get better sleep.

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Father with sick child

Taking care of a seriously ill child

Caring for a sick child is something all families go through. But taking care of a serious or chronically ill child means not only dealing with your child’s needs, but processing your own emotions while dealing with the rest of the family’s wellbeing.

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Father applying pollution mask to his daughter.

How Australians have coped with COVID19

Deakin University’s Institute for Mental and Physical Health and Clinical Translation has taken on a national research project asking people to share their experience during the Covid19 pandemic to track community mood and understand coping mechanisms.

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Mother and father with newborn

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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