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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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Father with daughter before work

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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Happy child

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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Mother and father with newborn

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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Privacy and your child's rights online

It’s not unusual for parents to share hundreds of photos and personal details about their children on social media, but questions are now being asked about a child’s right to choose what is shared, in light of children's rights in the digital age.

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Mother putting baby to sleep

Coping with parental burnout and stress

Parenting can be romanticized as overwhelmingly joyful, but some parents are suffering from a level of exhaustion that amounts to parental burnout. Parents experiencing burnout however, can be reassured that with good support things can get better.

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Foster parents watching TV with their children

Foster care: Becoming a foster parent

Over 45,000 children in Australia live in out of home care. Foster and kinship care are forms of family-based care for children and young people who can’t live at home. Australia’s foster care system is state-based, requiring a variety of carers.

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