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An international study has found the traditional combination of marriage, mortgage and children no longer has any impact on men’s drinking, while motherhood only prompts women to reduce their alcohol intake until their child turns five.
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.
For first-time parents, heading off on parental leave requires a leap into uncharted territory. But the return back to work is another transition that isn’t always smooth sailing. When heading back from parental leave, what should you consider?
Do you find yourself crumbling under the pressure of managing your family and your household? You’re not alone. More often than not, partners find that the responsibility for remembering everything falls to one partner more than the other.
Employed mothers can relax. Harvard Business School research suggests that the children of working mothers are just as happy in adulthood as the children of stay-at-home mums, and that their adult daughters are more likely to have higher earnings.
Grandparent carers are helping families meet the obligations of work and family commitments. They are the unsung heroes, filling a void in the busy lives of parents and in some more extreme cases raising grandchildren by taking over parenting duties.
It’s no secret that central to quality early learning and care are the educators and their specialist knowledge, skills and capacity to nurture positive relationships. However, there is a lot that parents can do to strengthen this relationship.
While educators work hard to ensure that children’s emotional needs are met through the day, many young children are still developing coping skills and self-regulation. For children the re-engagement with mum or dad at the end of the day is a big event.
It’s understandable that families can be anxious about making the right decision about early learning and care for their little ones. Early childhood professional Dr Lesley Jones guides parents on what to look for in a high quality early learning centre.
The birth of a baby can be an expensive time. It’s important to have your finances in order and a budget can help you manage your money and plan for your family’s future. Here are some of the best online budgeting tools to help.
Thinking about sending your children to a private school? The fees can make your eyes water, quickly becoming one of your major expenses. Here is more information on how you can start saving and planning for your children’s education.
Being bombarded on social media with updates and images of family and friends’ amazing holidays and experiences can leave us feeling flat. How can you take control of your money to ensure you don’t miss out on what’s important in life?
Happy (54%) and stressed (36%) were the two words parents felt best described family life.
31.3% of families are only able to find time to eat breakfast together on weekends.
40% of parents have struggled to meet essential expenses over the past 12 months.
66% of parents are happy in their role as a parent “most of the time”. Sadly however, 1.5% are unhappy “most of the time”.