Child Care News for Parents April 2, 2014 -®
Child Care News for Parents & Carers
April 2, 2014
Welcome. If you've been wondering where you've been going wrong with disciplining your child, then columnist and media commentator Angela Mollard has some great advice in the form of her own patented DAFT method of disciplining your kids. Recent headlines have suggested that a new solution to the shortage of child care has been put to the Productivity Commission by a Perth-based Indonesian think tank: Importing cheap Asian nannies, officially? What do you think?
Cheap asian nannies

Is this a moral solution?

Last week it was reported that a think tank based in Perth was putting a novel idea to the Productivity Commission on how to alleviate the child care problem, or rather lack of child care in Australia: Bring in low cost Asian nannies

Is this a new idea? Hardly. Families in wealthy CBD suburbs have been doing this for ages. Possibly not quite as "officially" or sanctioned by the Australian government, but certainly not with any huge difficulty.

The Indonesia Institute says carers from countries such as Indonesia and the Philippines should be allowed to come to Australia and mind children for $200 a week to help ease pressure on family budgets.

This would operate then much like an au pair situation. In return for work, families would provide their Asian child carers with accommodation, clothing and medical insurance. The nannies would also be entitled to Sundays off and a return airfare home for two weeks each year.

A special agency would regulate the scheme and ensure foreign workers were not mistreated.

But is this really a serious and viable solution? What happens to them when the families no longer need a nanny? Are they shipped back to whence they came? Will there be any account taken with regards to their own offspring?

Many of the Amas or nannies employed in HK, Singapore, KL and Dubai have their own children back in their home countries, who they never see and who are looked after their entire childhood by other family members. Is this something to be encouraged?
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The DAFT™ method of disciplining kids

If you often find yourself struggling to make your child take any notice of you when it comes to disciplining him/her, or you find it hard to maintain your status as authoritative parent, without continually caving in for the sake of a quiet life, then read on.

In this PC age where we have actually started to treat children as mini adults and often find ourselves negotiating with three year olds (who are generally much better at it than we are), many of us have really lost all grip on how to successfully issue effective discipline and struggle to even be noticed by our children when we are admonishing them.

Journalist, News Corp columnist, author and TV commentator Angela Mollard has these pearls of wisdom on how to lose the inconsistencies and step up to the plate as a convincing parent and successful disciplinarian.

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