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Having a second child worsens parents' mental health: new research

  • Written by Leah Ruppanner, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of Melbourne
Having a second child worsens parents' mental health: new researchWhile the first child improves parents' mental health, a second child does not.Shutterstock

Children are a wonderful gift, bringing joy, laughter, and love. But, then there are the toys, the sleepless nights, the constant barrage of “why?” questions and the plethora of sticky handprints.

For many parents, the decision to have a second...

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Children's health hit for six as industry fails to regulate alcohol ads

  • Written by Julia Stafford, Research Fellow in Health Sciences, Curtin University
Children's health hit for six as industry fails to regulate alcohol adsAlcohol ads can be broadcast during sports on weekends and public holidays. from shutterstock.com

Australia is kicking off another summer of cricket. And if watching the series is a family affair, you may be concerned with the alcohol advertisements your children are being exposed to.

An extensive body of research shows exposure to alcohol...

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How to have yourself a plastic-free Christmas

  • Written by Manuela Taboada, Senior Lecturer, Visual Design, Queensland University of Technology
How to have yourself a plastic-free ChristmasPaper not plastic.Adina Habich/Shutterstock.com

Research shows that waste can double during the Christmas period, and most of it is plastic from gift wrapping and packaging. The British, for example, go through more than 40 million rolls of (mostly plastic) sticky tape every year, and use enough wrapping paper to go around the Equator nine times.


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how to keep your kids safe (and out of trouble) when you’re at work these holidays

  • Written by Natalie Gately, Criminology Courses Coordinator, Edith Cowan University
how to keep your kids safe (and out of trouble) when you’re at work these holidaysIf your child is staying home or allowed to go out without supervision while on school holidays, it's a good idea to set some ground rules for their safety.Shutterstock

Many working parents battle with school holidays, especially the long period between Christmas and the start of the new school year. Most people receive four weeks’ leave a...

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