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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 employers, policy makers and industry professionals to improve gender equality outcomes at work and at home by;

- creating and delivering best practice gender balanced parental leave, return to work programs
- supporting and advocating for working families
- promoting family-friendly workplaces which support work-life balance and flexible working.

We are a membership based organisation, together, working in partnership with progressive employers, we have provided over 100,000 families with access to vital parental leave and return to work transition programs, work life balance support, career management and other care services.

Our membership is made up of global and local organisations and we've been recognised by the Human Rights Commission for our work.

www.parentsandcarersatwork.com

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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 employers, policy makers and industry professionals to improve gender equality outcomes at work and at home by;

- creating and delivering best practice gender balanced parental leave, return to work programs
- supporting and advocating for working families
- promoting family-friendly workplaces which support work-life balance and flexible working.

We are a membership based organisation, together, working in partnership with progressive employers, we have provided over 100,000 families with access to vital parental leave and return to work transition programs, work life balance support, career management and other care services.

Our membership is made up of global and local organisations and we've been recognised by the Human Rights Commission for our work.

www.parentsandcarersatwork.com

    Importance of Self-Care in Parenting - Episode 9 Teen Clinic Podcast

    Importance of Self-Care in Parenting - Episode 9 Teen Clinic Podcast

    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 consequences on the family due to lack of self-care, and the ways that parents can incorporate self-care WITHOUT having to add anything into their already busy schedules.

    Lucy explores the interesting concept of time vs. space, and how allowing ourselves time to do even the most simple tasks during the day can then give us the space that we are in need of for our self-care. She teaches us how to prevent stressing about how we will fit in time for ourselves within our busy schedule, but instead plan how will we fit our busy schedule around taking time for ourselves. There are simple ways that allow you to be more present in the activities you are already taking on in your day in order to fulfil the need for self-care. Some of these suggestions are as simple as drinking more water, but it is the attitude towards these suggestions that make all the difference.

    With the findings from the National Working Families Survey showing that working parents' most challenging issue is finding time to look after their own physical and mental health (two-thirds of working parents reporting feeling too emotionally and physically drained after work to contribute to the family), this podcast is more important than ever.

    • 24 min
    Making the Most of Your Time with Your Toddler - Toddler Clinic Podcast Episode 9

    Making the Most of Your Time with Your Toddler - Toddler Clinic Podcast Episode 9

    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- how to spend quality time with your toddler that ensures your relationship remains connected even through very busy days!

    • 12 min
    22. Getting Off the ‘Supermum/Superdad’ Wheel – How to Cease the Do-It-All Syndrome - Episode 22

    22. Getting Off the ‘Supermum/Superdad’ Wheel – How to Cease the Do-It-All Syndrome - Episode 22

    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. The demands and pressures come from all directions these days - the opinions and expectations from others, the inner critic, the picture perfect media ideals etc – it can be hard to cut through when your juggling a bulging bag of life responsibilities and are looking for the answers anywhere you can get it. But when is enough enough? At what point will we question the momentum we’re living in – one that leaves us feel shattered at the end of the year and ultimately affects our personal wellbeing and relationships.

    In this episode Katie and Sam explore the images we’re fed of the perfect parent and how we can avoid its pitfalls.

    • 33 min
    Parenting in a Digital Age - Toddler Clinic Podcast Episode 8

    Parenting in a Digital Age - Toddler Clinic Podcast Episode 8

    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 around screen use for you and your family.

    • 13 min
    The Impact of Perinatal Depression & Anxiety on the Workplace

    The Impact of Perinatal Depression & Anxiety on the Workplace

    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 to an analysis done by PwC Australia, Perinatal Depression and Anxiety is costing Australia $877 million annually. In the first year, $643 million is lost as a result of productivity losses associated with increased workforce exit, absenteeism, presenteeism, and career requirements. Also included in the annual costs is $227 million associated with significant health costs, and $7 million in wellbeing impacts.

    In this podcast Emma Walsh, CEO of Parents at Work, and Arabella Gibson, CEO of Gidget Foundation, discuss the impact of perinatal anxiety and depression on the workplace. Arabella emphasises the importance of employers identifying employees who are going through a tough time and supporting them by demonstrating understanding and allowing for more flexible working hours. She also recommends developing strong policies surrounding the support new parents receive at their workplace, in particular setting up regular check-in points starting from when the employee announces they are pregnant. These suggestions aid in helping the employee feel supported and combat those feelings of isolation most people feel when they go on parental leave, making the transition back to work easier, and increasing the chance of spotting any mental health issues early on.

    • 19 min
    Perinatal Mental Health Week - with Gidget Foundation

    Perinatal Mental Health Week - with Gidget Foundation

    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 Mental Health Week aims to spread awareness about the mental health implications associated with entering parenthood. According to an analysis done by PwC Australia, Perinatal Depression and Anxiety is costing Australia $877 million annually.

    To help raise awareness of why this week is important to acknowledge, Emma Walsh, CEO of Parents at Work, and Arabella Gibson, CEO of Gidget Foundation, discuss the impact of perinatal anxiety and depression on the individual. Arabella talks about the effects a new baby has on a person’s life and how the corresponding stressors and disruptions to routine can have significant mental health implications. She also explores how multiple risk factors including financial, emotional, and physical external stressors can increase the chance of emotional distress. This podcast discussion helps parents identify the risks and guide them where to look for support including free services both face to face and online.

    • 18 min

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