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Parents – tough on ourselves and others

Why do parents feel so criticised – by others, and themselves? For many adults, a surprise is the degree to which others have opinions about our parenting. Professor Marc de Rosnay says there’s one other critic parents should be aware of: themselves.

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Australia: The best place to be a parent?

How can we make Australia a better place to be a parent and what would that look like? Economists and researchers have compared Australian policies, business practices and community support with international best practice. Their report pulls no punches.

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Sleep, behaviour, discipline: Parent pain

The Parenting Today in Victoria survey shines the light on areas where parents are feeling confident and where they might need support. While most parents have confidence in their parenting, they continue to struggle with sleep, behaviour and discipline.

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Low budget fun activities for children

As we see the reopening of public spaces and loosening of restrictions on pools, galleries, libraries, zoos, cinemas and other cultural institutions it’s important to remind yourself that having fun with children doesn’t mean spending a fortune.

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Help for parents of stillborn babies

For most parents, pregnancy is a happy time filled with joyful anticipation, but in Australia 1,724 babies die each year. Acknowledging this trauma, leave entitlements have now been increased for parents dealing with a stillbirth or infant death.

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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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The state of Australia’s children: report

The good news is most of our children are happy, healthy and safe, according to a report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. However, children’s experiences and outcomes can vary depending on where they live and family circumstances.

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Support for new and soon-to-be dads

Associate Professor Richard Fletcher is originator of the SMS4dads program and in this open letter addresses the impact of stress on new or soon-to-be dads and their partners in this challenging time with Covid-19. Read his helpful tips for fathers.

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