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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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Managing body image after having a baby

Once you’ve managed the mental and physical hurdle of giving birth, many feel a rush to get back the body we once had, while also being grateful for everything it has done for our newborn. How do we assist new mothers to accept their post birth shape?

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A better start for Australian children

Children are starting school developmentally vulnerable and parents are scrambling for work/life balance. The Starting Better report by the The Centre for Policy and Development outlines a 10-year plan to ensure all children have what they need to thrive.

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Dad is helping toddler daughter to get dressed

Family routines: Planning for success

A good day starts with calm, but frantic mornings followed by busy days and finally rushed bedtimes are often the norm. We ask experts to talk us through strategies for helping young children manage daily transitions that promote a happy household.

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Woman posing with her son, both wearing protective masks

COVID job loss and stress impact families

A third of Australian mums experiencing disadvantage have suffered job or income loss and stress during the COVID-19 pandemic. MCRI Professor Sharon Goldfeld says the economic and healthcare needs of women and children living in adversity must be prioritised.

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Father with sick child

Taking care of a seriously ill child

Caring for a sick child is something all families go through. But taking care of a serious or chronically ill child means not only dealing with your child’s needs, but processing your own emotions while dealing with the rest of the family’s wellbeing.

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An exhausted mum trying to take a nap with her baby

Supporting a child with a sick parent

Communicating the news of an ill parent to a child can be challenging. Families might be caught between wanting to give children information, but stopping short of giving them too much. Professor Kerry Sherman shares some advice based on a child's age.

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New born baby with his mother

Invisible mums: Why new mums feel neglected

Motherhood is a time when new mums need support and understanding, but attention is often on the baby. Fathers also aren’t immune from the cloak of invisibility. So how do we support new parents and ensure they're not lost to the newborn spotlight?

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