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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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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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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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Birth order: A guide to personality traits

Why is it that despite being from the same family, growing up with the same parents, the same rules and values, children can turn out to be so different? Understanding birth order can help parents to better understand, manage and motivate a child.

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Mothers with babies in the background.

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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Little girl waking up in bed

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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