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Please include fathers when making social arrangements for children

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School is back and my mind has gone into overdrive with all the things I need to remember and organise.

My twins are going into Year 3 and they want to try new things. I am excited about all the possibilities for them, while also trying to preserve space in the schedule for free play and family time.

In the past few weeks I’ve arranged after-school care and activities, helped them choose their school sports, sorted out their uniforms, and signed them up for the school music program. Meanwhile, it’s their birthday soon and they’ve been promised a party I’m yet to organise.

Organising extracurricular activities such as piano lessons often falls to the mother.Credit:Shutterstock

It’s even more daunting for parents of children starting kindergarten or prep, so I was interested to see financial technology company, IRESS, last week announcing an additional 8.5 days of leave at full pay for parents whose children are starting school for the first time.

Flexibility is good for everyone, especially parents and most especially mothers who are still more likely to be the main caregiver for children in Australia. Expect to see more companies offer benefits of this kind to attract and retain talent.

I’m past that stage and while in previous years I’ve felt overwhelmed, I feel pretty good about my........

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