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Paid Parental Leave scheme turns 10

It’s been ten years since Australia first introduced its federally funded Paid Parental Leave scheme offering a payment for up to 18 weeks while you care for your baby. So what has changed in a decade and how do we compare to international standards?

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Why parents need to practice self care

According to research published in Clinical Psychological Science, parental burnout can have a huge impact on the lives of both parent and child. However, results suggest there are vital lessons about parental wellbeing and the value of seeking support.

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Families struggle with work life balance

Tensions are high for parents juggling work and care. The National Working Families Report shows almost two thirds of working parents surveyed were struggling to care for their physical and mental health due to tension between work and parenthood.

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Understanding Australian life patterns

New data confirms that the challenges for parents are real - particularly mothers. Many working parents are struggling with the daily juggle of maintaining work and home and it is taking a toll on their physical and mental health and relationships.

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When part-time work has full-time hours

Many mothers opting for part-time roles to accommodate the responsibility of looking after their children, are ending up working well beyond their paid hours in order to meet expectations. So when it comes to the unpaid hours, who is the driving force?

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Managing family and work life balance

Children are now much more likely to grow up in working households, however stressed parents report feeling pulled in two directions as either devoted employees or perfect parents. Many are struggling in a world they feel requires them to be both.

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Piggy bank: How to get pocket money

Should you give children pocket money?

A 2018 Financial Planning Association report found two out of three children between four and eight receive pocket money. But when parents of under-fives talk to friends about pocket money, they often seek help on when to start and how much to give.

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Parental leave: Tips on returning to work

For first-time parents, heading off on parental leave requires a leap into uncharted territory. But the return back to work is another transition that isn’t always smooth sailing. When heading back from parental leave, what should you consider?

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