Child Care News for Parents & Carers
August 31, 2016
Welcome, this week a reality check on the hard costs of raising a family in Australia today and some ideas to help you make this Father's Day the best ever.
Avoid the socks and jocks this Father's Day
On Sunday 4 September we celebrate Father's Day in Australia. This annual occasion, which has been marked for more than 100 years, gives families an excellent excuse to pause for a moment and reflect on the important role that dads have in families.

The increasing commercialisation of special occasions like Father's Day, means it is easy to go crazy and spend big on extravagant gifts for the special dad in your life. However, is this really the most meaningful way to share the day?

Take a moment and have a think about what the dad in your life really enjoy and what makes him truly happy; if this happens to be a new pair of socks then by all means head to the store, but if you are looking for something a little different this year, then why not consider one of the suggestions below:
The real cost of starting a family
The arrival of a new baby is one of the most exciting times of your life. However, with the rising cost of child care and household expenses, that excitement is often overshadowed with the added financial worry of what this life-changing little bundle will bring.

The 33rd NATSEM (National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling) report Cost for Kids revealed that the cost of raising children for a typical middle-income family has risen by 50 per cent since 2007 - from $537,000 to $812,000.
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