Child Care News for Parents May 20, 2015 -®
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May 20, 2015
The Budget has created much discussion over the new Paid Parental Leave changes and what some people think is a step backwards for working parents. Read our overview and let us know what you think. Have you noticed your brain function getting worse? Maybe it's time for some brain training. Our article looks at how to look after your brain as a vital part of looking after yourself (our new series that's all about YOU).
Paid parental leave changes

Realistic or regressive: what do you think?

The Budget's paid parental leave changes have created a serious discussion over the last week, with working parents all over the country left disappointed, "baffled" and concerned about how the changes will affect them financially and their time with their new babies.

From July 1, 2016, primary carers will lose full access to government-funded paid parental leave if their workplace also provides paid leave. The change will save almost $1 billion over three years.

It's the government's bid to save money and will appease some PPL dissenters, but it's likely to leave many families much worse off, wondering if having a baby is financially possible and potentially forced back to work early to make ends meet, which is not good for the health and wellbeing of neither mother nor child.

Is the change in Paid Parental Leave more realistic or a step backwards in the way we treat working parents?
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Look after yourself
Train your brain to be healthy and prevent dementia
We are used to being told we need to look after our bodies through healthy eating and exercise, but keeping our mind healthy is often overlooked. With over 342,000 Australians now suffering from dementia, it's more important than ever to focus on keeping our brains healthy as well as our bodies.

Mums often talk about "baby brain", which is all very well if you're pregnant or have a small baby, but when you're still talking about it when your kids turn 10 or 18, then you may want to have a think about how to give your brain as well as your body a bit of attention.

We are overloaded generally. Constantly thinking about kids, home, work, renovations, ageing parents, money and all sorts of other things that affect our lives on a daily basis.

Our brains can only take so much. So yes, we zone out, forget why we just walked into the bedroom, go out with our tops on inside out… that's quite normal, but once you start doing it more and more, or struggle to remember words, do basic mental arithmetic or remember what you had for lunch, then you need to start giving your brain a bit of exercise.
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