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Are you a parent feeling the struggle of the work-life juggle? We hear you! We're doing it too! Every week hosts Melissa Wilson and Sarah McGilvray will speak with experts to answer your burning working parent questions as well as plenty of fabulous celebrity parent interviews. And there will be wine. Obviously. Also during the COVID-19 pandemic we're publishing special daily check-ins into this channel, stay sane!

The Juggling Act: Daily Coronavirus Check-in Kidspot

    • Kids & Family
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Are you a parent feeling the struggle of the work-life juggle? We hear you! We're doing it too! Every week hosts Melissa Wilson and Sarah McGilvray will speak with experts to answer your burning working parent questions as well as plenty of fabulous celebrity parent interviews. And there will be wine. Obviously. Also during the COVID-19 pandemic we're publishing special daily check-ins into this channel, stay sane!

    Daily Coronavirus Check-in: Working mums on paying childcare fees again

    Daily Coronavirus Check-in: Working mums on paying childcare fees again

    At the end of June, parents are facing the prospect of paying childcare fees again. As we all know, in April, the government put an emergency plan in place to save centres as parents starting pulling their kids in droves because of the pandemic. Hallelujah, working parents finally felt seen and valued. Education minister Dan Tehan recently said the plan had “done its job” with 99% of services remaining open, and most providers saying the emergency response has helped with financial viability. But with many parents now out of work, on reduced incomes or facing the threat of job loss, surely we run the risk of it collapsing again if childcare doesn’t remain free? Personally, after 7 years of childcare costs – four of those for two kids – these past two months have been a massive financial relief BUT, I also don’t want my son’s incredible preschool to go under. It’s a really divisive issue, so I reached out to some working mums to see how they feel about paying childcare fees again.
     
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    • 5 min
    Daily Coronavirus Check-in: 7 tips to help you navigate sudden job loss

    Daily Coronavirus Check-in: 7 tips to help you navigate sudden job loss

    There is one demographic who has been hit hardest by the global pandemic shutdown, and that’s women. According to Australian Bureau of Statistics figures, more than 235,000 women became unemployed in April, which equates to 55 percent of jobs lost. Nearly a million Australians have now been impacted. It feels almost daily that I hear of another friend or colleague who has been made redundant, and as a working parent, the stakes are even higher when you’ve got little mouths to feed. But if you have been affected, there are some things you can do to prepare yourself for a return to a new normal. I reached out to Katrine Tully from Career Transform to get some valuable tips.
     
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    Daily Coronavirus Check-in: Four life skills your kids can learn from the Pandemic

    Daily Coronavirus Check-in: Four life skills your kids can learn from the Pandemic

    We all know how truly horrific this global pandemic has been. Hundreds of thousands of people worldwide have died, millions of people have lost their jobs and our children are only just returning to school – into an environment that will be significantly different from when they left. I get countless emails from groups and experts concerned about the impact this situation is going to have on our children, but there is one silver lining. Mental health experts believe that our kids could actually learn some really powerful life skills from this situation that will help them deal with the tough stuff later in life. There are four major life skills kids can take away from this, and some simple ways that we as parents can help them get there.
     
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    Daily Coronavirus Check-in: Top paediatrician on why it's safe for kids to return to school

    Daily Coronavirus Check-in: Top paediatrician on why it's safe for kids to return to school

    Kids in NSW and QLD have gone back to school today, while most kids in Victoria head back June 9. As majority of parents let out a massive sigh of relief (and pour an equally massive glass of wine), for some, it’s tinged with concern that it’s the right place for their children to be. I’ve seen lots of social media posts from parents asking whether they’re allowed to keep their kids at home because they’re worried that it’s safe for them to be there. So I reached out to Dr Asha Bowen - a Paediatrician and infectious diseases expert from the Australian Academy of Science – who says that fewer children are getting the disease and when they do, the reaction is much milder than adults. And for those who are feeling sick about sending their kids back, she has some very reassuring words and advice on what we can do as parents to help keep them safe.
     
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    Daily Coronavirus Check-in: How to help your child adjust to the 'new normal'

    Daily Coronavirus Check-in: How to help your child adjust to the 'new normal'

    After nearly eight weeks of quarantine life, we now seem to be coming out the other side – for now – with restrictions slowly lifting and kids heading back to school. But things are not going to return to ‘normal’, and as parents, we’ll need to help our children adjust to the ‘new normal’, however that’s going to look. They’ve been through a lot, we’ve all been through a lot, uncertainty, anxiety, fear, and now the poor little things are finally heading back to school but with strict social distancing restrictions. I wanted to find out what we can do to help them cope in this weird world we find ourselves in, so I reached out to the founder of Resilience in Kids, Susie Mogg, for some advice.
     
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    Daily Coronavirus Check-in: Parents and kids on the anxiety of returning to school

    Daily Coronavirus Check-in: Parents and kids on the anxiety of returning to school

    Parents are preparing to send their kids back at various times around the country, and with this comes a mix of emotions. Relief for a lot of people, sure, but also anxiety and concern for some parents – and kids – with the return date earlier than expected. Parents have been told that “Rolls will be marked as per normal and unexplained absences will be followed up.” That’s unless there are genuine health concerns. So I reached out to some parents and kids, to see how they’re feeling about returning to school…
     
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