Child Care News for Parents April 30, 2014 -®
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April 30, 2014
If you're in toddler territory, beware: Your child could be planning his or her own Dirty Protest. This period of self-expression will stretch the limits of parents with even the strongest constitutions. This phase might make you want to go back to work purely to get away from it all, but what if the cost of child care and your salary simply don't balance out? Is going back to work really viable? 30% of mums who are back in say it isn't.

Next week is also National Heart Week. We urge all parents to check the Heart Foundation website and learn to read the warning signs of an impending heart attack and what steps to take to avoid one.
Working… is it financially viable?

30% of mums are losing money to keep their career

According to early results of our 2014 Child Care and Workforce Participation Survey*, which has polled almost 1500 mums with one or more pre-school children, being back at work is not financially viable for almost a third (30%) of mums who have returned to work.

These women are working purely to keep sane and keep their hand in to prevent themselves from becoming unemployable when their children are old enough to go to school.

The reason for this lack of viability is largely due to the cost of child care combined with a high cost of living that's out of kilter with people's salaries.
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The dirty protest
by Sophie Cross

For those of you who have a toddler, you will probably be familiar with some of the following scenes. They are from that awkward and messy phase in between leaving the nappy behind and fully embracing the toilet. When toddlers are obsessed with their own poo.

As soon as toddlers get wind of the fact they can take off their nappies without your help, you are in trouble. This happens from around two years old, possibly a bit earlier. And when it happens, you are in for weeks or possibly months of some pretty filthy behaviour.

Particularly if your toddler has an artistic bent.

Nappy removing. Nappy throwing. Nappy smearing. Dragging the nappy down the corridor or over the carpet. Using the nappy as a weapon of mass destruction.

The following story is from my own memoirs, from a brief period in the history of my daughter Francesca's development, when she was truly fixated with her own poo and yes, Francesca does have an artistic gene. And loves to share and express herself visually.
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Heart week 2014

Sunday 4 May - Saturday 10 May 2014

Each year, almost 10,000 Australians die of a heart attack. And more than 1million Australians aged 30-65 are at high risk of having a heart attack or stroke - but they may not even know they're at risk.

Heart Week provides an opportunity to shine a spotlight on the problem of heart disease and to help improve the heart health of all Australians.

Would you know how to recognise the signs of a heart attack? What can you do to avoid heart disease and what are the immediate steps to take if you or someone close to you has a suspected heart attack.

During Heart Week this year, the Heart Foundation will be urging all Australians to learn the warning signs of a heart attack and reduce their risk of having one.

Visit Heart Attack Facts and for more information, call the Health Information Service on 1300 362 787.
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