Work-Family Balance Policies

The background paper, "Work-Family Balance Policies", was prepared by Professor Margaret O’Brien of the University of East Anglia for the 20th anniversary of the International Year of the Family in 2014.

man time"The purpose of the paper is firstly, to provide evidence on the key challenges faced by families today as members attempt to manage work and care and secondly, to critically examine policy solutions and initiatives, offered by governments, employers civil society actors to ensure work-family balance. Including examples of public and workplace policies from around the world, the paper has sections on: parents' working patterns; the impact of work pressures on family life; and work-family balance policies and programmes for families. Recommendations include 'a family-focused work-life vision' and also cover: family leave; flexible work arrangements and work-time innovation; early child care and education and youth care; and mixed partnerships in a multi-stakeholder approach."

Source: Margaret O'Brien (2012). Work-Family Balance Policies.
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5 mental parenting roadblocks and how to avoid them

by Aradhana Pandey

Has your journey as a parent started to seem more like a chore than something you can enjoy?

parent childBeing a parent is an exciting experience. The first time your baby holds your finger; their first steps, and first words, are a joy that you must experience to believe. Parenting presents a combination of steep learning curves and dire consequences. It is both challenging and rewarding.

But, there are many hindrances that don't let you fully immerse yourselves in the affair. A few mental blocks that might be preventing you from enjoying your parenting journey include:

1. Exhaustion

Being a parent can be an exhausting experience. There will be times when you reach your physical limit. The more threatening aspect, however, is mental exhaustion. If your baby is always crying, troubling you to eat, or simply refusing to sleep, you will be at your wits end. It will prevent you from enjoying time with your child.

World Migratory Bird Day

Today, Tuesday 10th May, we recognise World Migratory Bird Day 2016Stop the Illegal Killing, Taking and Trade of Migratory Birds.

"So that future generations also benefit from natural resources, governments have passed laws – both domestic and international – to ensure sustainability, protecting wild animals including migratory birds by restricting or prohibiting their exploitation. The protection of migratory birds has been coordinated at the international level since the beginning of the twentieth century. Migratory birds were once synonymous with abundance, and seen as a gift coming from the sky. Historically, people have hunted wildlife for a variety of reasons – food and sport - and in the past, such activities were conducted at a scale that was sustainable. In many cases, however, this is no longer true."


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10 things parents need to know about their highly sensitive child

Having a highly sensitive child can be a trying, confusing time. But these 10 insights into your sensitive child's life can make the challenge a little easier to tackle.

by Georgia Lee

High sensitivity (also known as sensory processing sensitivity) is a personality trait seen in about 20 percent of adults; and needless to say, all adults start out as kids. Your sensitive kid is very likely a typical kid, but one who needs some special attention and care.