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Father playing in bed with his little baby boy

Do new dads get the support they need?

Dr Anthony Venning from the College of Medicine and Public Health at Flinders University reviewed 40 years of research on how men experienced being a new dad and the support they received, only to find they aren’t always getting the support they need.

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Snapshot of Australian Families

Emotions

Parent’s emotions are quite a contrast. The two words parents felt best described family life over the previous three months were happy 49% (↓ from 54%) and stressed 39% (↑ from 36%).

Meals

31.8% of families only eat breakfast together on weekends. However 11% (↓ from 12%) of families never eat breakfast together.

Expenses

39% (↓ from 40%) of parents have struggled to meet essential expenses like food, mortgage/rent, utility bills, child care or important medical care over the past 12 months.

Happiness

64% (↓ from 66%) of parents are happy in their role as a parent “most of the time”. Sadly however, 1.7% (↑ from 1.5%) are unhappy “most of the time”.