When having kids means losing your job.
Is our obsession with being perfect parents hurting us – and our kids?
She’s creating her body image based on the things you say.
I once said the thing no parent should say; “My child would never act like this”.
He might be dumb as a post, but hot damn, he’s pretty…
We don’t actually care what you think of us.
“I think that you have a lot of negativity in these questions.”
It’s cool to feel crummy about yourself.
First aid, even at the most basic level, is a skill everyone should be required to learn. It shouldn’t matter whether you’re in the workplace or not – first aid is something that can be applied anywhere at any time, as a mother or father of your child, a friend, a sibling, a stranger or a work colleague.
There is nothing worse than feeling helpless and stressed in a situation, that otherwise could’ve been avoided. What do you do when someone needs first aid and your skills are the difference between helping to ease the pain or outcome waiting for an ambulance, to the possibility of it all going terribly wrong?
First aid and the knowledge and skills you learn provide you with lifesaving tools that are simply irreplaceable. It also gives you the confidence and calmness to attend to an emergency situation, provide help and keep someone you love safe and comfortable. Thinking about getting your first aid qualifications? Here’s everything you need to know.
1. Senior First Aid is now Provide First Aid
Previously, the workplace approved first aid course was called Senior First Aid. These days however, with some slight changes in place the first aid approval is now issued to the Registered Training Organisations (RTO) and titled Provide First Aid (HLTAID003). Provide First Aid, also referred to as level 2 covers all aspects of training in ‘Provide Basic Emergency Life Support’, as well as specialised training for the treatment of additional emergency incidents.
2. Senior First Aid is the standard requirement in most workplaces
Employers have a legal duty to keep their staff and work environment safe. Whilst the standard requirements for senior first aid vary between workplaces and states, all businesses should be first aid compliant to establish a safe duty of care. In Western Australia, the standard office workplace should have at least one staff member qualified to perform level 2 first aid to meet the WA Worksafe requirement as outlined in the Code of Practice.
The Compliance Code for First Aid in the workplace offers employers two options on how to comply. Option one, the prescribed approach; includes the number of first aid officers and their required duties and training, and how many first aid kits should be made available. This approach is suggested for workplaces with 10 or more staff members, or for high risk jobs with less than 10 employees. Low risk workplaces should have one senior first aid officer for 10-50 workers and two for 51 – 100.
The second option to comply with the Act is the risk assessment approach. This involves assessing the workplace and the hazards involved, and making the appropriate decision as to what first aid requirements are needed. The minimal acceptable level of training for workplace first aid is the senior first aid certificate (also referred to as level 2 first aid qualification or provide first aid).
3. Basic First Aid will teach you 3 essential criteria
Learning basic first aid techniques is the best way to help you cope with an emergency – whether it be in the workplace, or the comfort of your own home. It can help to keep a person breathing until an ambulance arrives, keep them comfortable by reducing pain and minimises the consequences of the injury worsening.
Basic first aid (provide cardio resuscitation) teaches you to:
- Respond to an emergency situation by recognising the condition, assessing the casualty and seeking assistance from emergency response services
- Perform CPR procedures in accordance with Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) guidelines, display respectful behaviour to the casualty and operate an automated external defibrillator (AED) should it be required
- Communicate the details of the incident and what was done to help to workplace supervisor and emergency response team
4. Senior First Aid will teach you 4 essential criteria
The differences between basic first aid and senior first aid, is basic first aid is about providing CPR in an emergency situation. Senior first aid will teach you this, as well as prepare you for other possible life threatening situations like poisonous bites, airway management, seizures and bleeding.
Senior first aid (provide first aid) teaches you to:
- Recognise and respond to an emergency situation
- Apply appropriate first aid procedures including CPR and AED, shock management, airway management (asthma, chocking, severe allergic reactions and hyperventilation), cardiac emergencies, bleeding and wound care, bites and stings, seizures and convulsions, burns, extreme heat and cold, toxic substances, muscle injuries and abdominal injuries
- Communicate the details of the incident and what was done to help to workplace supervisor and emergency response team
- Evaluate the incident and own performance
5. Basic First Aid is a one-day course, Senior First Aid can be two
In order to be qualified in basic first aid, you’ll be required to complete a one day course. This will primarily cover life-threatening emergencies that can occur in the workplace, home or public and prepare you for a risk assessment and to perform CPR.
To complete a senior first aid course, this can be done as a one day or extended over two – depending on where you go. On successful competition, you will be issued with a nationally recognised Statement of Attainment that will show you’re qualified to perform the four sections mentioned above.
It’s important though, regardless of which first aid qualifications you get, that you refresh your qualifications as needed. Basic first aid should be refreshed every 12 months, whilst senior first aid (provide first aid) is every 3 years. This will ensure you’re up-to-date with any course changes, and remain confident and qualified to perform the tasks at hand.
Flowers and sweets are probably the two most common and most popular gifts mothers receive on Mother’s Day, so why not combine both by making a cupcake bouquet? Don’t worry, it sounds much more difficult than it is. But at the same time, a cupcake bouquet is so impressive, it will guarantee you to stay your mum’s favourite child.
So, what do you need in order to make a cupcake bouquet? Cupcakes, of course! Bake them yourself, please, instead of buying them from the supermarket. Your mother will be proud. If you want your cupcakes to look like actual flowers, check out this tutorial on how to pipe the frosting to make it look like roses.
Besides cupcakes, you’ll need a pretty flower pot, a styrofoam ball which sits on top of it, and some toothpicks. Make sure your cupcakes are cooled down, or even better, refrigerate them for a few hours before making the bouquet – warm cake may be too soft and therefore slide off the toothpicks.
Put the styrofoam ball in the flower pot and place toothpicks all over the ball using two toothpicks per cupcake. Make sure that the toothpicks are angled slightly upright on the sides, so that the cupcakes won’t slide down. If your cupcakes are on the larger side, use three or four toothpicks per cupcake.
Then, place the cupcakes on the toothpick pairs until the styrofoam ball is mostly covered. To fill the small gaps in between cupcakes, you can either use real flowers or twigs, or you can use some green tissue paper as fake leaves. Crunch it up slightly and glue it to the exposed parts of the ball.
That’s it! Tie a nice ribbon around the pot and surprise your mum with this creative and delicious Mother’s Day gift this year.
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Welcome to the 21st century; an age of selfies, belfies and now brelfies. In case you’re unaware of what a brelfie is, it’s a selfie of a women breastfeeding, and it is now officially allowed to be shared on Instagram.
So why is this a big deal? Both Instagram and Facebook are known for being biased against pictures of women breastfeeding – or any picture which shows a women’s nipple, for that matter – often claiming they are “inappropriate.” So recently when the social media sites changed their nudity guidelines to allow photos of women “actively breast-feeding,” women could breathe a sigh of relief.
Breastfeeding in public is nothing to be ashamed of, however it has always been a controversial subject, especially when photos of it are shared via social media. A lot of mums, including celebrities have experienced a tonne of backlash when posting their pics, with some even having their accounts deleted. Cue the #brelfie movement – an Instagram campaign that involved posting breastfeeding selfies in a bid to push back at social stigmas.
It seems that angry mums are a force to reckoned with. While the social media sites have still not allowed women to freely expose their nipples, they have since changed their stance on breastfeeding, post-mastectomy scarring and even nude paintings. “We know that there are times when people might want to share nude images that are artistic or creative in nature, but for a variety of reasons, we don’t allow nudity on Instagram,” reads the new policy.
“This includes… some photos of female nipples, but photos of post-mastectomy scarring and women actively breastfeeding are allowed. Nudity in photos of paintings and sculptures is OK, too.”
The new rules demonstrate a positive step towards changing social attitudes towards women’s bodies and breasts, particularly when it comes to something as natural and beautiful as pregnancy. It’s strange to think that sharing pictures of ourselves in scant bikinis with our bare backsides on show is more acceptable than a biological act such as feeding your baby.
So, what do you think of Instagram and Facebook’s change of policy?
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Whether you’re looking to earn some extra cash in the New Year or just keen to have some social interaction that’s not centred around kids, there are many reasons why returning to work after having kids can be beneficial. However, there are many factors for Mums to consider when transitioning back to work, such as child care arrangements, making sure that your skills are up to date and evaluating your career plans and goals. While this may seem daunting, there are many things you can do to make the transition easier and ensure that you stand out as a competitive candidate.
Share the load
For many Mums, returning to work is a financial juggling act, with day-care waiting lists spiralling out of control and the cost of private nannies outweighing the financial benefits of working. One option is to take advantage of Nanny Share arrangements, which involve splitting the cost of a Nanny with another family. With the increasing number of reputable Nanny Share agencies available, this can be a cost effective and convenient option for many families.
Polish your resume and get qualified
To gain a competitive edge and show credibility in your field, it’s important to have up to date qualifications. It might have been years since you’ve stepped into a classroom, but you might still be able to transform relevant work experience and skills into a qualification through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Adam Wadi, CEO of Australia’s leading RPL provider, Get Qualified Australia, explains, “Many people are amazed to learn that their experience could gain them a qualification with no need to attend additional classes or pay for expensive tuition. RPL and skills recognition are assessment methods that verify your skills, knowledge and experience against the established industry standards and can be used to gain a qualification.” Get Qualified Australia also offers Gap Training courses online, so if you did need to update your skills there are 24/7 flexible options to fit around even the busiest schedules. For more information on Get Qualified Australia services, visit www.gqaustralia.com.au.
Fill in the gaps
Don’t be tempted to list gaps on your resume with “Stay At Home Mum,” instead think outside the box by including any valuable unpaid experience and skills that you have gained since your last job. Any volunteer work you participated in for your kid’s school or the community can show great initiative, the ability to work in a team and people skills.
Dress the part
The easiest way to boost your confidence in a job interview or the first day at a new job is by dressing the part. Even for the most casual of workplaces, new work clothes can put you in the right frame of mind and have you feeling polished. However, updating your work wardrobe doesn’t need to be expensive. For those looking to keep costs low try department stores like Target, Big W and Kmart who offer stylish yet inexpensive work basics and accessories.
Be confident in what you have to offer
New research by Ernst and Young for the Workplace Gender Equality Agency indicates that working mothers are often the most productive employees in a workplace. It makes sense as Mums possess great time management skills, the ability to multi task and the ability to cope well with stressful situations. All of these skills are readily transferrable to most positions, so be confident in your abilities and how you can contribute them to the workforce.
To get 5 minutes to herself, the modern day woman gets up at 5.30am. She just wants to sip that first cup of coffee, before the rest of the household wakes up. At 5.35, bubs starts crying, so yep; 5 minutes of peace is literally 5 minutes of peace.
She does the whole 5.30am mum routine; feeding, changing and expressing for the rest of the day. Heaven forbid, she could have her baby on formula to make life easier. By then, an hour has passed and it’s time to wake the rest of the family.
After entering each bedroom, at least a dozen times, it’s around 7.30. In the meantime, she’s managed to prepare lunches and has breakfast under-way. Hubby strolls in, yawning and looking for his freshly made coffee. The kids are yelling and arguing in the hallway and finally make it to the table. At least they’ve managed to get half dressed for school. Now, it’s mum’s turn for a shower and get ready for “work”. Mind you, what the heck has she been doing since 5.30. It doesn’t sound like play, so it must be… Work! Not that anyone actually notices.
After her 2-minute shower, in which she washed her hair and entire body, shaved her underarms and legs and brushed her teeth; she takes another 2 minutes to get dressed and ready. Thank goodness, she went for that no-fuss hair do. She piles the kids and their gear into the car, including bubs, who has the latest in confusing car seats.
She drops the kids to school and bubs at daycare. As she turns the corner, there’s that familiar early morning workers traffic, and that’s where she does her makeup. The modern day woman has amazing multitasking skills. After taking half an hour to move 5 blocks, she reaches her workplace.
She works through lunch and opts for an extra cup of coffee instead. By 3pm, her day isn’t anywhere near done and she’s exhausted. She struggles through another couple of hours and knocks off at 5pm; only to hit the workers traffic as she drives back to the daycare. When she gets there, she’s informed bubs has been asleep since after lunch and they didn’t want to wake her. Oh joy. That’s totally worth the $150 a day, she’s paying in childcare fees! She picks up bubs and she opens her eyes like it’s 5.35am and ready for a new day.
Next stop is after-school care, where her other kids are waiting impatiently. Once again, they are the last to be picked up. The staff gives the modern day woman an unpleasant glare and she piles her crew in the car once again. As the kids bicker on the way home, hubby, who is already there, texts the eldest child that there is no milk or bread left. Of course there isn’t, she thinks to herself. So, she makes a detour to the supermarket, with the 2.4 kids she has with her and manages to snag a check out which doesn’t cost her an extra $20 in treats.
When they get home, they pile into the house and the modern day woman is carrying bubs, the shopping, school bags and her oversized handbag. Luckily, she has developed the upper body strength of an Olympic ultra-heavyweight lifter. She spots hubby sitting on the lounge, feet up, watching TV. How nice for him, she thinks to herself sarcastically. He couldn’t have ducked out and bought the milk and bread from the supermarket? She gives him a quick peck on the cheek, whilst hiding her disapproval and puts bubs on his lap, so she can head to the kitchen.
After chopping up 10 different types of veggies, because she needs to keep her family healthy, dinner is made. Luckily, hubby knows how to load the dishwasher and do a half-arsed kitchen clean-up. She runs a bath for bubs, who seems to have gained even more energy and she splashes water over most of the bathroom. The kids are next. They complete bubs work, plus find several bottles of shampoo and conditioner to make bubbles. Great. She makes a mental note to buy more on her imaginary shopping list.
When bedtime comes around, the kids get a story and bubs gives modern day woman grief. She tries the controlled crying thing, which lasts about 2 minutes. That’s when hubby finally steps in. Ahhh, relief! It seems though, that he may have an ulterior motive. As modern day woman finally crawls into bed at 11pm, hubby wants to play. Seriously! She gives him 2 minutes of pleasure and he rolls over and starts snoring.
Finally, she thinks. She shuts her eyes and before she knows it, the alarm is going off and it’s 5.30am the next day. At least bubs slept through the night. She sneaks downstairs for her first cup of coffee and her literal 5 minutes of peace.
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