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Articles about Work/life balance

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Paid Parental Leave scheme turns 10

It’s been ten years since Australia first introduced its federally funded Paid Parental Leave scheme offering a payment for up to 18 weeks while you care for your baby. So what has changed in a decade and how do we compare to international standards?

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Quality programs for birth to threes

Many parents are anxious about sending very young children to a long-day-care centre. Professor of Early Childhood Sheila Degotardi answers the questions: Should parents be worried? What does research tell us about the impact on very young children?

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Pressure cooker parenting

Although it can be a difficult thing to do when our children are young, University of Queensland Associate Professor Alina Morawska says parents carving out time to look after ourselves is incredibly important when it comes to managing our own emotions.

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A being-at-home all day guide for dad

Right now, many dads are staying at home. Some are working from home, some are laid off or stood down, some are taking enforced leave. Among these dads, those with young children may struggle to adjust to new routines and balance between work and home.

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Why parents need to practice self care

According to research published in Clinical Psychological Science, parental burnout can have a huge impact on the lives of both parent and child. However, results suggest there are vital lessons about parental wellbeing and the value of seeking support.

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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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When part-time work has full-time hours

Many mothers opting for part-time roles to accommodate the responsibility of looking after their children, are ending up working well beyond their paid hours in order to meet expectations. So when it comes to the unpaid hours, who is the driving force?

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