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Working mums and juggling time pressures

Time pressure on mothers has become a ticking time bomb says sociologist Dr Judy Rose, with many women with children experiencing the phenomenon of 'mother guilt' for not living up to society's unrealistic expectations of what a good mother should be.

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The unique challenges of fathering alone

Parenting can be a challenging experience, but for a solo dad those challenges can be amplified. Experts say the key is to reach out to family and friends, finding and accepting help or support rather than battling through tough times on their own.

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Mothering alone: Confident solo parenting

Single motherhood comes in all shapes and sizes - perhaps by choice, divorce, loss of a partner, or a husband working interstate or overseas. No matter what the reason why, there are ways to solo parent and confidently raise a happy, healthy child.

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Kaz Cooke: Things dads need to know

Popular parenting author, cartoonist and broadcaster Kaz Cooke continues to entertain and inform parents with evidence-based advice in her no-nonsense guide to the early years, Babies and Toddlers, a sequel to bestselling pregnancy book Up the Duff.

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Six steps for parenting ‘Alpha children’

While all young children are somewhat ego driven, for some families the problem of who's in charge goes a lot further than that. Clinical counsellor Dr Deborah MacNamara says there are a group of "Alpha children” who can make parenting a challenge.

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How your gender affects your sleep

The ‘zombie effect’ of sleep deprivation can surprise new parents and interfere with work and family life. However, researchers have found that sleep is gendered and both the average woman and man sleep better when living in gender-equal countries.

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Children with family pets reap benefits

Owning a family pet can help improve and promote your child's social, emotional and physical development, according to researchers who have found owning a four-legged friend isn't just fun, but also a valuable addition to your child's life.

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What makes a typical Aussie family?

Donor children, same sex parents, surrogacy arrangements - welcome to the evolution of the modern Australian family. The conventional Australian family of mum, dad and two kids has changed and the Family Law Act has to evolve to catch up.

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