Monthly Archives: October 2016

Juggling Toddlers & Work – Parenting tips for modern working parents

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Toddlerhood is a rewarding and challenging time for both ourselves and our children. Whilst there is much growth and exciting development at this time there is also a lot to navigate in terms of tricky behaviour and messy learnings. All this change whilst juggling a career and other commitments, relationships etc can make these first few years feel like they are rolling by incredibly quickly. This is why having a support ‘crew’ outside your immediate family is invaluable. Having a parenting educator on the end of the line (a bit of a go-to expert) to offer advice and answer questions can help you to regather and reorganise. Someone like Sharlene Vlahos, Director of Education & Business Development at Karitane, is just the person we think, especially after our recent interview with her and Karitane CEO Grainne O’Loughlin last week.

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6 Simple Tips for Working Parents this National Carers Week

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This week (16 – 22 October) is National Carers Week all across Australia.  In celebration of all that carers offer we have 6 tips to support working parents (and carers in general) to utilise in the workplace.

Tips for Working Parents At Work
  1. Talk about your caring responsibilities openly – others might not know that you are a carer.  If you are open and honest about your situation it builds awareness with your manager and your colleagues creating better understanding.  It normalises the fact that some employees are also carers.
  2. Don’t feel guilty if you need to take time off work – if you are a carer then you may well need to use your leave to take time off work.  That’s what the leave is there for so don’t feel guilty about it.
  3. Leaving work on time – if you need to leave work on time again – do not feel guilty.  You need to set a positive example for others who may not have caring responsibilities now, but might in the future. As long as you get through your work and your manager is happy with your performance then there is no reason to feel guilty.
  4. Be kind to yourself – every day is not going to be perfect or go according to plan.  Some days you might be late for work or late for picking up kids or relieving carers. That’s just the way it is. Be kind to yourself and accept that you can only do the best you can with what you’ve got to work with.
  5. Be supportive of other carers – you might notice that there is someone in your team that is new to having caring responsibilities.  You might make a point of dropping them an email or making time for a 5-minute conversation.  Ask them how things are going, and share your good and bad stories.  You may just make a difference in their day.
  6. If you feel overwhelmed seek help – you shouldn’t expect to have all the answers all of the time.  Most carers feel overwhelmed at some time or another so it’s only natural that you might too.  There are many people you can seek help from including your manger, your HR team, your colleagues, Parents At Work, your GP, your friends and your family.  Speaking about your feelings or sharing your problem will help you find the right solution and support that you need.
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2.86 Million Australians Provide Unpaid Care

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This week (16 – 22 October) is National Carers Week all across Australia.  “National Carers week is about celebrating the outstanding contribution Australia’s 2.8 million unpaid carers make to our nation.”

Concerning Facts for Organisations

In 2016, a landmark study of Australian working mums and dads estimated the loss of productivity costs with managing work and family was $23.92 billion per annum.

Over 1 in 8 Australians (2.86 million people) are providing informal care

Recent research of 1000 professional mothers and fathers said they would take a new job with less money if it were more family friendly and flexible.

Only 13.2% of employers have a strategy for supporting caring responsibilities.

Workplaces with family friendly work life balance practices have an estimated 10% lower turnover compared to those not perceived as supporting work-life.

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Valuing Our Relationships

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Our most successful special event to date, our interview with psychotherapist Jean Gamble, has got a lot of people talking… we heard feedback that the webinar made it to the football pitch the next day – the event was that fantastic.

Here’s a taster of what was presented…

On what Jean hears consistently as a relationship therapist

“How often people admit, holding secretly in their heart – that they could be living a more satisfying, more connected, more meaningful life with richer relationships.”

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