Monthly Archives: December 2016

20 fit & fun activities to do with children over the school holidays

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School holidays are here. Don’t let your youngsters spend 6 weeks on the couch glued to their screens, encourage your children to get moving!

Children have such an amazing amount of energy – how can they possible burn through all that energy by playing computer games? They need to get outdoors and be active. Here are my top 20 fit and fun activities you can do with your children these school holidays.

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Flexibility in the Workplace Begins At Home

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The division of paid and unpaid work

The average amount of unpaid work done by women is 311 minutes/day.  The average amount of unpaid work done by men is 172 minutes/day.  These numbers were reported by the OECD in 2014.  This could be one of the main reasons why more men than women work full-time. But there are other factors involved. On average women are paid 23.1% less than men, which equates to $27,000 total remuneration annually less than their male counterparts.

Jane Gilmore in the SMH recently stated “Women are never going to be able to access an equal level of professional opportunity until men take on equal responsibility for unpaid work.”  It’s an obvious statement but it deserves to be said.  Put another way, men are unlikely to access flexibility in the workplace until they acknowledge an equal responsibility for unpaid work.  Until this time there is no burning motivation for men to access flexible work options because they know that their partner will take on the responsibility for unpaid work or they are completely unaware of how their partner feels about the arrangement they have.  If we don’t come to this issue in true partnership and as collaborators there will be little or no change to the status quo.

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Not Guilty – Eradicating the G-factor for a better career / life balance

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“Most women are not thinking about ‘having it all’, they’re worried about losing it all – their jobs, their children’s health, their families’ financial stability – because of the regular conflicts that arise between being a good employee and a responsible parent,” observed Ellen Bravo, director of the Family Values @ Work consortium.

This is a great point to consider and one that opens our latest guest speaker – Nicolette Rubinsztein’s book Not Guilty: Balancing a successful career with motherhood.

Parents At Work CEO Emma Walsh recently interviewed part-time CEO and author Nicolette about why the guilt factor is still an issue for working mums.

It was an interesting discussion with a number of hot topics explored.

As a mother of three young children Nicolette told her story of how she navigated her way through caring for her family yet still managing to be a successful woman in a high level leadership role – part-time no less.

Readily admitting that it wasn’t always easy Nicolette also confessed that she didn’t feel quite the same guilt as most working women do today.

Nicolette explained the concept of Rushing Woman’s Syndrome and put forth the question that is asked by many a modern woman today – how can we have it all without the marriage breakups, anxiety, and extended illnesses – which, as statistics are showing, are rapidly on the rise?

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