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Dad and Partner Pay
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Dad and Partner Pay

Your role as a new dad or partner As a dad or partner, you have a vital role in the first few months of your child's life. The more time you can spend with your new baby, the better. The Australian Government's Dad and Partner Pay can give you the chance to: take time off work to bond with your baby get more involved with caring for your baby share experiences as a family support your partner.

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Parent communication: tips for talking with your partner

Why talking is important for communication and relationships Talking together builds understanding. Talking with your partner about everyday things - like what you're doing and how you're both feeling - is one of the main ways that partners connect. It can also help you and your partner prevent and resolve problems or conflict.
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New mums: your body after birth

New mums: your body in the first week after birth The first week after your baby's birth is a time for you to care for and get to know your new baby. You'll have some vaginal bleeding and soreness around your vagina or caesarean wound. You might also have afterpains and nipple or breast tenderness. That's why the first week or so after birth is also a time for you to rest and recover as much as you can.
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Mindfulness

Mindfulness: the basics Our minds are constantly active. You might be watching television - but also thinking about the past, or worrying about something, or wondering what you're going to have for dinner. Mindfulness is about stilling your active mind . It has been defined in several ways, including: giving your complete attention to the present on a moment-by-moment basis paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, without judgment.
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Being a kinship carer

About kinship care When children can't live with their parents, someone in the extended family or a family friend might become their primary carer. This arrangement is called kinship care, and these important people are called kinship carers. Becoming a kinship carer Becoming a kinship carer can be a big change .
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Parent relationships: tips for acceptance

What is acceptance? Acceptance is about valuing your partner's differences. It's about being flexible, knowing how to compromise and understanding that people make mistakes. Acceptance doesn't mean always agreeing with your partner - it's OK to agree to disagree. But it does mean believing that your partner is trying to do the right thing.
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Parenting teenagers: looking after yourself

About parenting teenagers Now that your child is a teenager, the demands on your time and energy are different from when your child was younger. In the early years, you needed to feed, bath and comfort your little one. Now she's older and looking after herself more and more. But your child still needs your practical help and active involvement .
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Law and money: grandparent and kinship carers

Types of grandparent or kinship care There are three main types of grandparent or kinship care. The type of grandparent or kinship care you have affects the decisions you can make about the child and the financial benefits you might get. For example, enrolling the child in school or agreeing to a medical procedure for the child is usually easier if you have a court order.
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Trauma: coping and looking after yourself

Your feelings after a traumatic event You and your child might have experienced a traumatic event together - for example, a serious car accident, a bushfire or flood, or the death of a family member or friend. Or the trauma might be something that happened only to your child. Even if you didn't go through the traumatic event with your child, you might still have strong feelings and reactions afterwards.
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Mobile phones for children and teenagers: phone types and plans

Mobile phones: is your child ready? There are no hard and fast rules about the right age to give your child a mobile phone. But as your child's friends start to get their own phones, your child might want one too. If your child says she wants a mobile phone, you could talk to her about why . What does she want to do with it?
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Parents: looking after yourself

Parents and parenting Parenting doesn't always come naturally. All parents are working it out as they go along. All parents make mistakes and learn through experience. Parenting requires observation, understanding, persistence, imagination, patience, honesty and energy! It's OK to feel confident about what you know.
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Healthy breastfeeding diet, exercise and lifestyle

Breastfeeding diet: what your body needs When you're breastfeeding, your body needs extra nutrients. That's because your body is working harder to make breastmilk full of nutrients for your baby. But you don't need a lot of extra energy. So it's really important to eat a wide variety of foods every day from the five main food groups: vegetables - 7½ serves a day fruit - 2 serves a day grain foods - 9 serves a day protein - 2½ serves a day dairy or calcium-enriched products - 2½ serves a day.
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Northern Territory: services

Have you just had a new baby? Child Health Service The Child Health Service provides information, support and advice in the first five years of your baby's life. You can find baby and child health clinics at community care centres and remote health centres throughout the Northern Territory. Visit NT Government - Baby and child clinics to find your nearest clinic.
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Australian Capital Territory: services

Have you just had a new baby? Child health checks Child health checks are offered through child health clinics and home visits by child and family health nurses. For appointments and information, contact Community Health Intake: Phone : (02) 6207 9977 Hours : 8 am-5 pm, Monday-Friday (except public holidays) Healthdirect Australia This is a free telephone health information and advice service for residents of the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, the Northern Territory, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia: Phone : 1800 022 222 Hours : 24 hours, 7 days a week Australian Breastfeeding Association - Breastfeeding helpline If you're breastfeeding and need help, trained volunteer counsellors can give you reassurance, information and advice about breastfeeding and overcoming common hurdles to breastfeeding: Phone : 1800 MUM 2 MUM (1800 686 268) Hours : 24 hours, 7 days Are you finding parenting harder than you thought?
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Queensland: services

Have you just had a new baby? Child and baby health clinics The Queensland Government provides free health services, parenting information and support for families of children aged 0-12 years. This webpage tells you how to find your nearest drop-in service or clinic. There is also a Child Health Line staffed by child and family health nurses: Phone : 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) Hours : 24 hours, 7 days a week Australian Breastfeeding Association - Breastfeeding helpline If you're breastfeeding and need help, trained volunteer counsellors can give you reassurance, information and advice about breastfeeding and overcoming common hurdles to breastfeeding: Phone : 1800 MUM 2 MUM (1800 686 268) Hours : 24 hours, 7 days Are you finding parenting harder than you thought?
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New South Wales: services

Have you just had a new baby? Healthdirect Australia This is a free 24-hour telephone health information and advice service for residents of the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, the Northern Territory, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia: Phone : 1800 022 222 Early childhood health centres These centres have child and family health nurses who can check your baby's health.
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Sex and intimacy after a baby

Sex after baby: how your sexual relationship might change Sex and intimacy is often tough for new parents - less time, tiredness, hormonal changes and worries about contraception can make it tricky. If you and your partner have both gone a bit cool on sex, it's no problem. But if you and your partner have different levels of sexual desire, this can add some stress to your relationship.
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Services and support: an overview

Why support is important Parents who seek and accept support: are more relaxed and healthier. This means they're better able to look after their children set a good example for their children. Getting support teaches children that you don't have to do it alone. It's OK to ask for help when you need to show other people that they are valued and needed.
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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice The Australian Human Rights Commission is an independent statutory organisation reporting to the Australian Government. This section of the Commission's website is about social justice issues for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
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Tasmania: services

Have you just had a new baby? Child health centres Child and family health nurses provide free health checks for children at key developmental ages between birth and 4 years. Nurses can also give you information and advice on a range of parenting and family issues. To make an appointment: Phone : 1300 064 544 (cost of a local call) Hours : 8:30am-5:00pm, Monday-Friday Healthdirect Australia This is a free telephone health information and advice service for people in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, the Northern Territory, South Australia, Tasmania and Western Australia: Phone : 1800 022 222 (free call) Hours : 24 hours, 7 days a week Australian Breastfeeding Association - Breastfeeding helpline If you're breastfeeding and need help, trained volunteer counsellors can give you reassurance, information and advice about breastfeeding and overcoming common hurdles to breastfeeding: Phone : 1800 MUM 2 MUM (1800 686 268, free call) Hours : 24 hours, 7 days Are you finding parenting harder than you thought?
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