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03 December 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Stress is all-pervasive

I read with dismay the findings of a Mission Australia survey published this month.  According to the report, “the issue of greatest personal concern for young people in 2014 was coping with stress.”     This stress is said to relate to the pressures on young people in their final years of school to do well enough […]

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12 October 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Paternity leave is good for children

It’s all over the Australian papers today. A recent study by Dr Jennifer Baxter suggests that children do better the more time they spend with their fathers in their early years.  It also seems that if fathers take as little as two weeks of paternity leave to be with their newborn children they tend to […]

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01 May 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Lean In – only “half a loaf”?

“Half a loaf” is Lean In, the much talked about recent book by Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg; at least according to Anne-Marie Slaughter, another outspoken member of the upper echelons of America’s executive workforce, in her New York Time review,Yes, You Can.  And so it goes on, the bickering among feminists which has to have bogged down […]

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08 January 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Maternal gatekeeping

      In the Age on 31 December 2013 Ben Hart complains that men are discouraged from fathering by mothers’ gatekeeping and other societal pressures.  He has a point.  Now that women are ready and able to do their share of the breadwinning, they must make it easy for their partners to do their fair share of […]

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08 August 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Having it all

I am a bit slow off the mark but must refer you to an  article in the July/August 2013 edition of  Atlantic Monthly, Why Women Still Can’t Have it all.  Written by Anne-Marie Slaughter, academic, foreign policy analyst, and public commentator, who bravely brings to light a reality that still impedes women progressing to top ranks – […]

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04 August 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Grandparents doing more

  As reported in The Saturday Age on-line today (Editor’s Choice “GW: Back to the Nursery”)  grandparents in Australia in 2011 are devoting 26% more time to looking after their grandchildren than they did in 2008.  Bridget Jenkins, who is doing her PhD on the topic, cannot fully explain why.  It is possibly due to the lack […]

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