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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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Hypnobirthing: Benefits of a calm birth

Every woman’s birth experience is different. For many it is a positive and empowering event, for others it may raise some normal anxiety and for some the descriptions of the pain and possible complications of childbirth contribute to feelings of dread.

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Post COVID-19: Finding the new normal

COVID-19 has disrupted family life and caused significant changes to the way we work, relationships, routines, school, early learning and care arrangements. As life settles into a new normal there is further adjustment for families. So how do we adapt?

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Managing children and work from home

Busy parents are doing the best they can but many will agree that working from home with children can be tough. Dr Jade Sheen from Deakin University's School of Psychology says there are ways for parents to get the children to work 'with them".

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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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6 ways to manage parental favouritism

When only one parent can put a child to bed or soothe them during the night it can be a drain on both parents. However, parental favouritism has nothing to do with being loved less and actually comes down to the child’s developing cognitive ability.

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Home or hospital birth: Which is best?

While home births used to be standard practice, with the advancement of medical science there has been a shift to hospital births. However, hospitals are recognising the importance of choice when it comes to birthing and ensuring safe home birth options.

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Navigating parenting as an introvert

Parenting is inherently messy and noisy. With a young family, how do introvert parents, who crave alone, quiet time to recharge their batteries away from an over-stimulating environment, find the opportunity for important and valuable alone time?

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