But what if BOTH parents are on extended parental leave and Mum is still doing the bulk of the child-rearing? Because, for starters, it’s the parents who are breaking the rules for their own benefit, or because of their own disorganisation which contribute to this issue. If you are nearly fully dilated (10 cm), they may advise that it is too late to have an epidural, as it could inhibit the pushing phase of the labour and birth. Plenty of people have gone full Barefoot and their testimony is easy to find online. She’s on full pay from work and we’re having to pay an agency temp to cover her work too. While it can take some time to accept that your carefree days of looking after no-one but yourself are over, many women just get on with it – if they didn’t, y’know, their kids would die – while blokes, more often than not, go back to work and (sleep deprivation aside) their lives more or less return to normal. Others wondered what going to the loo had to do with evading childcare: “You can hold a baby while you’re on the toilet. They don’t care!” said one, and yep, been there!
As we keep the heater going in winter and pile on the layers of clothing, there’s one thing we know for sure during the cooler months: our electricity bills skyrocket thanks to all the added use of appliances around the home to accommodate. Look, we all know someone who has taken a sneaky ‘sick’ day when in reality, they’re fighting fit. Measure from ground to the top of their foot too – you want to make sure you get the best possible fit in their absence. “But another thing I tend to do is I make sure I reach out to my friends and family. It’s had the desired effect – he gets out of the bathroom quicker – but it’s caused tension in their relationship. Here is how one mum figured out six ways to reduce her mental load, here are the most common relationship mistakes new parents make and here is what the mental load of childcare really feels like. Volleyball? I couldn’t get out of bed without being sick.
Literally. One mum has taken to reddit with this exact issue, asking if she’s being unreasonable. Which is why my interest was piqued when a friend mentioned over lunch that one book was saving her family literally thousands of dollars. We quickly realised that $17 was nothing – we were about to save ourselves thousands. Strap yourselves in kids – we are about to save thousands! The writer and her family were guests are LEGOLAND Resort Malaysia. Head away for two nights with the family thanks to Choice Hotels. Want to join their family? The weather isn’t always kind when it comes to birthday parties, so even though you may want to host it outside, make sure you have an indoor option as a back up. And a whole lot of it has probably made you want to throw your phone across the room. I was finally able to sit up so was sitting in the lounge room with Winnie while she watched Play School on TV. “When I was in high school the ultimate ‘cool move’ was to get a kids’ showbag that came with a backpack of some sort and then use that as your school bag for the weeks after the show.
Parents of kids in public school reported higher levels of bullying. What happens then? And what if while the mum is looking after the kids the dad is taking the piss? But is there a difference between taking the occasional day versus weeks and weeks of paid leave? A woman has posted to parenting forum Mumsnet about her colleague who is 14 weeks pregnant and has so far been off sick a total of five weeks due to Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG). She has been seeing a doctor who has given her medical certificates for two weeks at a time, and she has one more week left on her current certificate. That book was Scott Pape’s The Barefoot Investor and when we saw it on the shelves of Big W a week later, we tossed it in the trolley, hopeful that the $17 end-of-financial-year sale purchase price would be repaid by following the advice inside. The book is a bible for those pursuing that path. You will need to discuss these options with your caregiver. Most families will need to splash out on a baby seat to make their car infant-friendly, so buy a convertible model that lasts from birth to four years to save money in the long run.