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Parents at Work is a world leading provider of education and coaching services for workplaces, parents, carers and leaders. For over a decade, we have been providing expertise, advocacy and education programs to inform and empower parents, carers and their employers, to successfully balance the ongoing and interdependent demands of career, family and personal wellbeing. We're on a mission to improve the lives of parents and carers by creating family friendly workplaces. We collaborate with e ...
 
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Menopause is a normal life event for women (trans gender and non-binary people too), and yet we very rarely talk about it, even amongst our friends and particularly not in the workplace – but why? Given that women aged over 45 comprise 17% of the Australian workforce and menopause typically occurs between the ages of 45 and 55 – you would think tha…
 
Improving the Quality of Our Relationships (and how this affects our wellbeing)Do you feel you are being yourself in all your relationships? Are there any relationships you would like to change or improve that may currently be quite negative or destructive? Does how you relate to others impact on your health and wellbeing?When we are free to be our…
 
This episode, the team talks to Aaron Williams about the challenges that arise within relationships when we become parents. Aaron Williams is the CEO and co-founder of Mindstar, a leading workplace wellbeing provider that works with some of the biggest companies across Australia on how to manage these challenges.Aaron is a counsellor who has worked…
 
"It takes a village to raise a family and if you don’t feel accepted by that village, it’s a lonely place" - Ashley ScottIn this episode of The Father Hood podcast the team talks to Ashley Scott about his personal experience with being a gay dad and his interaction with other LGBTQI+ families through his work as Executive Officer at Rainbow Familie…
 
As school holidays approach, most of us are thinking about re-connecting with family, taking some well-deserved time off as well as finding creative ways to engage the kids over the break.In this podcast Fiona Hitchiner from Parents At Work interviews Adrian Rokman, co-founder of KidsCo, known for their award winning School holiday programs in the …
 
In the 1970 U.S. census, only 6 men in the whole of America identified as a stay-at-home dad, but by 2014 this number had risen to 2 million people. In this latest episode, The Father Hood team interview Rory Brown about his experience with being a stay-at-home dad in today's climate. They ask about the benefits of being a stay-at-home dad, if he h…
 
In this episode of The Father Hood Podcast, the team interviews Tom Docking, the founder of Dads Group. They discuss the unexpected ways that being a new dad can affect you, especially your mental health, and how social connection is so important as a form of support for dads. Tom opens up about why he started the Dads Group, stating that the oppor…
 
With all the events that have transpired this year, carers deserve recognition now more than ever. In this podcast, Emma Walsh, CEO of Parents At Work, interviews CEO of Carers Australia, Liz Callaghan, to discuss both the work of Carers Australia and National Carers Week. National Carers Week aims to recognise the 2.65 million unpaid carers in Aus…
 
In this episode of The Father Hood Podcast we're joined by Emma Walsh, CEO of Parents At Work, to talk all things parental leave for fathers. What are you entitled to from the Government? What benefits can your employer offer you?We know that asking for paid parental leave at your workplace can be difficult. 50% of employers offer paid parental lea…
 
Blake Woodward is a dad, management consultant and founder of suittiestroller.com - a website supporting corporate dads in finding work life balance while raising a family, as well as advocating for gender-equal parental leave and support policies. In this episode, Parents At Work talk to Blake about his Global Dad Survey on the impact of COVID-19 …
 
Over 80% of women are feeling anxious right now about birth during COVID-19 and over 40% are changing their birthing plans. What does giving birth during a pandemic mean? What are some of the restrictions? What can expecting parents do to still have a beautiful birth? In this podcast, Parents At Work talk to Nadine Richardson from She Births about …
 
In the latest The Father Hood Podcast we talk with Donte Palmer, who describes himself as a husband, a father of three boys, and dad advocate. Donte began the movement #squatforchange after he posted a photo showing the difficulty of changing his child without a changing station, a common thing for dads due to the lack of changing stations in male …
 
How will work-life be re-imagined post COVID-19? Remote work is radically reshaping how we work and live. As organisations busily plan to welcome employees back to the office post COVID-19, they are fast re-imaging how and what 'working from the office' will actually mean in reality. Workplaces acknowledge we're still months away from having everyo…
 
In the past the ‘breadwinner’ role represented success for a lot of dads, but today things are different. Today’s dads have an opportunity to care for their families in far broader and more satisfying ways. In this podcast, The Father Hood team talk to Rob Sturrock about the changing definitions of masculinity in the modern world and how a man's ap…
 
This webinar recording shares highlights of the National Working Families Report and discusses implications for the future of work and family in light of the challenges posed by Covid 19. The focus is on exploring the key recommendations for employers committed to creating family friendly, flexible workplaces.Contributors include:- Kate Jenkins, Se…
 
The Father Hood talks to Professor Richard Fletcher, who has been studying fatherhood in Australia for the past 20 years. Richard leads the Fathers and Families Research Program at the University of Newcastle, and also started the SMS4dads program. In this podcast he shares his insights into why father's mental health is so important and what men c…
 
Welcoming a new baby can be an exciting and daunting time for your toddler. As a parent you may try and prepare your toddler for the new arrival but when the new baby comes home your toddler would be happier if you sent them straight back! Our podcast today will discuss sibling rivalry, why it happens, how you can support your toddler and strategie…
 
It is vital to look after yourself if you want to be able to nurture your relationships, but what does that look like on a practical basis? How do you fit 'you' into an already busy day?In this episode, youth advocate, teen expert, and mother of three teenagers, Lucy Dahill, discusses the importance of self-care for parents - including the conseque…
 
As a working parent it can seem that there are never enough hours in the day and at times we can feel guilty about not spending enough time with our toddlers. Being with your toddler in a connected way that is meaningful for you both does not have to take hours, it is definitely quality over quantity. Our podcast today will discuss exactly that- ho…
 
When asked to draw a ‘modern day parent’ it’s highly likely that most of us ‘in the trenches’ would draw a mum or dad with a cape on their back, a device in one hand, spatula in the other, book in the other (yes, we’re in three arm territory here). They would possibly appear stressed or at least have the ‘I’ve got this… I think’ look on their face.…
 
Parenting has definitely changed over the last 5 years with the availability and access to screens, it’s difficult as a parent to navigate and decide what’s best for our toddlers. During this podcast we will discuss the recommendations around screen time and provide you with helpful information that will allow you to make an informed decision aroun…
 
The 10th - 16th of November marks Perinatal Mental Health Week. This week aims to spread awareness about the mental health implications associated with entering parenthood. Nearly 50% of new parents experience adjustment disorders, and from that, 1 in 5 new mothers and 1 in 10 new fathers will suffer from perinatal anxiety and depression. According…
 
Nearly 50% of new parents experience adjustment disorders, with 1 in 5 new mothers and 1 in 10 new fathers suffer perinatal anxiety and depression. Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Week aims to spread awareness about the mental health implications associated with entering parenthood. According to an analysis done by PwC Australia, Perinatal Depressio…
 
Are there skills we could and should be sharing with our teens that would ensure they felt more equipped to deal with what was in front of them? In this episode youth advocate, teen expert and mother of three teenagers – Lucy Dahill – looks at some of the key skills to share with your teen in order to help them become independent young adults who h…
 
Do you feel like you're hiding behind a submissive or aggressive personality – even if it’s ever so slightly? Is it possible to be honest and forthright without retracting or being overbearing. What’s the harm if we don’t and what comes to life when we do? True expression isn’t tarnished with personality behaviours that have held us back from bring…
 
Dinner time and meals can be a battle with your toddler and at times it feels like your toddler doesn’t eat anything you cook and yet they eat everything at day care! This can be very frustrating and worrying for parents as you strive to meet their nutritional needs. Don’t be alarmed this is very common for toddlers so during our podcast we’ll be d…
 
National Carers Week in October every year aims to recognise and celebrate the incredible work of carers of all shapes and sizes. In this podcast, Kiri Stejko interviews Danielle Robertson from DR Care Solutions about her experience with carers and the importance of planning ahead for the future. With over 2.7 million family and friend carers in Au…
 
Relationships between parents and teens change considerably in the teen years. The good news is, this is a positive - “it’s supposed to change”. So why does it not feel or sound so great at the time?What does a healthy relationship with your teens look like? Why is it important to support your teen with understanding how they relate to tension? How…
 
Most of us are honest enough to recognise when we are speaking or acting without love – for example when we get angry at the kids when they abandon their chores for the umpteenth time OR get frustrated at a colleague for doing a task without care OR release our tension on a telecom provider (most of us know that one!). But does it really need to be…
 
There’s never been a better time in history to be a dad – we all know how much society has changed when it comes to parenting in the last 50 years – expectations of fathers have grown and men want to embrace the role of ‘dad’ like never before. But fathers often feel the pressure to conform to unhelpful stereotypes like the ‘fun dad’ or the ‘breadw…
 
We build our teens up for 13 years to prepare for the HSC or their final exams and then cannot understand why we see such high rates of anxiety. How do we help our teens keep exams in perspective from the start?In this episode of the Teen Clinic Podcast youth advocate, teen expert, and mother of three teenagers - Lucy Dahill from Why Be You - discu…
 
There are times in a toddler’s life where they feel overwhelmed or out of control and may exhibit aggressive behaviour such as hitting, biting and kicking either towards you or others around them. As parents this can be very upsetting to see our toddler behave in this way but there is help. This week we talk to our Toddler Clinic Experts who help p…
 
Feeling guilty - most of us would agree - is a useless and wasteful pastime. It doesn’t achieve anything other than making you (or another) feel pretty awful about yourself. Working parents particularly experience this in the childcare years when dropping them off to a childcare centre on their way to work, rearing it’s deceptive head as a sense of…
 
Have we lost a generation to gaming? How is it changing the brain? How do I encourage my teen to be a discerning gamer? In episode five of the Teen Clinic Podcast youth advocate, teen expert, and mother of three Lucy Dahill from Why Be You explores the prevalence of gaming in the life of teenagers and how parents can support their teens to engage i…
 
Sleep is an important part of the day for anyone especially working parents! Parents can face many challenges trying to maintain a routine for their toddlers and getting them to bed at a reasonable hour. The other challenge is usually encouraging them to stay there so you all can get some restful sleep. Sleep is one of the most popular questions we…
 
In Part 3 of the Shared Care Special we hear from Peter and his experience with sharing the parental leave with his wife Sarah to care for their baby girl, Ruby Rose.The couple are continuing to progress through their alternating blocks of leave, with Peter about to start his second block of parental leave once Sarah heads back to work. This episod…
 
What is egg freezing? (otherwise known as Fertility Preservation)Why do people decide to freeze eggs? What are the things to consider before embarking on this journey? What is medical egg freezing vs social egg freezing? Join Parents at Work Chief Services Officer at Parents At Work, Kiri Stejko, as she talks to Dr Rachael Rodgers, a fertility and …
 
Diageo launched a new Parental Leave Policy recently - one that leads the nation let alone the industry it operates in. The company offers 26 weeks of paid leave to all new parents, regardless of their gender or their role as primary or secondary carer. Previously (as it is in most organisations) paid leave was provided for only the primary carer a…
 
1 in 5 Australians live with chronic pain including adolescents and children, according to Pain Australia. As chronic pain is invisible, sufferers can feel misunderstood and stigmatised – even discriminated against – by co-workers, friends, family and even the medical profession. There is no easy solution or quick fix however there are some very pr…
 
It seems to dominate our lives. How do we support teens to be discerning social media users?In the fourth episode of the Teen Clinic Podcast, youth advocate, teen expert and mother of three Lucy Dahill from Why Be You discusses parent's roles and responsibilities when it comes to their teen's social media usage.Lucy reinforces the age old wisdom of…
 
As working parents we are busier now more than ever. It’s no wonder the morning rush can be hard for you and especially your toddlers, even though you do the same thing every day there are times where your toddler does not want to co-operate. Today’s podcast is learning the art of slowing down, understanding your toddler and the magic of co-operati…
 
When ‘bad news’ or unavoidable circumstances at work or home leave you feeling overwhelmed or like giving up - is resilience the answer? That is, is ‘just getting on with it’ or ‘fighting fire with fire’ the best way to deal with adversity. Or is there another way that does not compromise your sense of ease and harmony in the world? Katie and Sam w…
 
They don’t talk and then when they do talk they are rude. How does communication change in the teenage years?In Episode 3 of the Teen Clinic Podcast, youth advocate, teen expert and mother of three Lucy Dahill from Why Be You tackles hot topics such as respect, trust, and how to effectively get talking with your teen. As Lucy always says, all behav…
 
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