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Sometimes I feel like I get taken for granted around this joint. I mean, you have a kid and everything as amazing and all that, but you never really understand until years later that you have signed up for something far less rewarding than growing and shaping a new world citizen.

The extra work around the home. I mean, really lads? Is it that hard to put the toilet rolls onto the holder?

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The answer is obviously yes. And while I am here, if you open the bin and things fall out because it is so full, do not squash your rubbish onto the top, and push the whole lot down further, until it is so full that the bag breaks when someone is nagged to empty it, and it bursts onto the kitchen floor like an unfettered hose of filth?

*Takes a deep breath and proceeds*

The thing is, a family can co-exist happily if all tasks are divided up and done, preferable with a smile on ones face, or a blank stare at the very least.

If everyone does his or her fair share, it makes me happy.

So with that in mind, I took up the offer from the Victorian WorkCover Authority to be involved in the Jobs at Home Day campaign. And you can too!

First of all, head over to http://www.jobsathomeday.com.au/ and order your free badges for everyone under your roof. I did….

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Let’s face it, these jobs at home are far more important than the jobs that you might do professionally. And the Victorian WorkCover Authority wants you to know this: that being safe at work isn’t about work at all.

It is about getting home safely so you can get on with the most important jobs of all. The jobs that you do alongside your family. I mean. Who would do them if you weren’t there?

You can take these things for granted, and I do. A lot.

I watch Mr. Woog get the ladder out each weekend and scoot up onto the garage roof to liberate a dozen tennis balls. I watch him whipper snipper and edge paths to perfections, before getting the blower vac out, pissing all the neighbours off. I see him dealing with unpleasant situations, like said garbage bag explosions. I don’t think I could do it without him, this life thing. That is why I breathe a sigh of relief when I hear his motorbike pulling into the garage each afternoon.


In the past 5 years there have been 117 workplace fatalities in Victoria, with a quarter of them occurring in the lead up to Christmas. Perhaps it is because it can be the busiest time of the year? It is a hectic time for many people.

So head over to http://www.jobsathomeday.com.au/ and get you and your family or friends their badges. Each person who orders a badge will go into the drawer to win a $5000 Flight Centre Voucher. Share a photo of your crew on Facebook  or Twitter, using the hashtag #jobsathomeday to go in the draw to win a $500 Coles Myer Gift Card.

And perhaps the most important thing, start a discussion about safety at your place, before presenting another detailed workshop about how to change a toilet roll.

Jobs At Home Day is on Saturday, 5th December, so get to work people!


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