Babies and Toddlers

What the!? The M.L.L.M way of life - why it's awesome for mums (no lemons are actually required)

  Guest Author - Cindy from Envie Fitness Woonona  Thu 23 November 17

The M.L.L.M way of life. What mums need to know! When life throws you lemons, please don’t make lemonade. Who could be bothered? Who’s got the spare time? Not us! We have a different ..

That ongoing niggle that all is not right with your child...

  Dr Grace Kiiru - Australian Trained Paediatrician   Wed 15 November 17

Whether it's your newborn or your teen... parents know to trust their gut instinct. But while it’s one thing to trust your gut instinct, it’s another to know just where to go for help. ..

Kids Halloween Ideas... Easy, safer, low cost and 'less plastic tat' ways to have fun!

  Jenny Henderson  Thu 26 October 17

Halloween with young kids... The time of year where crafty mums and dads excel (yay you, I WISH I was part of your tribe) and the rest of us are left with that sinking, pressured 'how do we make t..

Marital bliss after kids - PAH! But here are interesting ways to keep you united as a couple after kids...

  Jenny Henderson  Tue 10 October 17

Let us cut straight to the chase here... Babies and children add significant burden and strain onto a couple's relationship... Here are some large factors that may be eating away at your conte..

Finding the RIGHT childcare centre or pre-school, 3 critical things to look for!

  Taesha Duley-Smith - Guest Author  Thu 12 October 17

We know it so very well, the emotional wrench when the time comes to leave your child in the care of others... The tugging in your chest as you walk away... Combine that with the challenge of ..

Helping your child manage BIG emotions - reassuring advice from Illawarra Psychologist...

  Helen Booth - Psychologist and Guest Author from Walk Different Psychology, Wollongong  Thu 21 September 17

I think most of us parents have been there... Seeing our child go into a huge destructive meltdown as they become overwhelmed by their emotions. When it's bad, people and possessions can get hurt...

The secret weapon for mums (and you can find it in Wollongong!)

  Jenny Henderson  Fri 8 September 17

The 24/7 life of a mum. Whether you are expecting, have your hands full of squashy baby love, poo and nappies, are wrangling toddlers, or watching your children individuality emerge through th..

Send your kids to the Illawarra Circus - no really you can, the benefits are amazing!!

  Jenny Henderson  Wed 6 September 17

Circus once had a poor reputation but recent research has found significant and surprising benefits for kids who do circus training! And, if you are Illawarra based, we have great news for y..

Your family’s financial future! The surprising things we NEED to take into account and often don't...

  Dylan Martin - Qualified Financial Adviser  Thu 24 August 17

As a dad of three kids (7 and under) I have walked a mile in your shoes... The sleep deprivation. The child care & after school care runs. The debt conundrum, fun crazy times and try..

Best gated playgrounds in Illawarra! Release your tribe in safety and take a breath!

  Naomi Cotterill  Tue 22 August 17

The best gated playgrounds in the Illawarra... We’ve all been there. Desperate to get the kids out of the house (and even more so, desperate for a caffeine hit) but full of fear at the poten..

Why baby, toddler & kids classes / extra-curricular activities are GREAT! Just don't fall foul of these 4 things...

  Jenny Henderson  5//10/2017

'The overscheduled child' 'Kids nowadays have too much screen time and not enough time roaming in nature' 'The Helicopter parent' 'Your child needs more quality time with just you t..

Why the life of a mum is like... what, did you say 'Theme Park'!?

  Guest Author - Cindy Urquhart  Tue 18 July 17

Sound like a tenuous link? Well, I just want to reassure any parent facing turbulent times that you are NOT alone in your bumpy ride. Read on and you’ll get what I am saying and how bes..

The awesome benefits of choosing the right sporting or fun classes for your child!

  Jenny Henderson  Wed 12 July 17

Oh, it's not always easy to choose the right extra curricular activity for your child! To start however, here are some benefits of enrolling your child in a term's or season's worth of classe..

Is your family eligible for $100 'Active Kids Rebate'?

  Jenny Henderson  Sun 9 July 17

Highly likely it's a yes as it won't be means tested! From 1st January 2018, the Active Kids Rebate will help NSW families meet the cost of getting their kids into sport and fitness act..

10 Ways to Boost Your Childs Immune System...

  Lisa Moane - Guest Author  Mon 3 July 17

10 WAYS TO BOOST YOUR CHILD’S IMMUNE SYSTEM! Now that winter is well and truly upon us (in the Southern hemisphere at least), I’m hearing from lots of mums and dads who’d like to boost ..

Mums! How to do this 'self care' thing...

  Guest Author - Briony Goodsell  Fri 23 June 17

As a mama, it’s so easy to put yourself on the bottom of your list of priorities. We are made to feel ‘guilty’ if we think of ourselves or dare do something that is just for us, not for ..

Dear Body...

  Cindy Urqhart   Wed 30 August 17

A Love Letter to my Body Dear Body, I really don’t think I appreciate you, or remind you nearly enough on important matters, like how much I respect you. This love letter is a..

Why pregnant ladies and mums of the Illawarra can rejoice - this is GREAT news!

  Jenny Henderson  Mon 3 July 17

Parents Guide Illawarra has some really positive news for all local women, particularly those who have recently discovered they are pregnant, or any mum who is struggling with the brutal impact of..

Motherload

  Katelyn Milevski  Fri 5 May 17

When reading articles, overhearing advice or on the receiving end of any pearler of wisdom about motherhood, my typical personal experience has always been that I get to breathe that long overdue ..

Dear Parents of a Child with Autism....

  Jenn Ratcliffe  Fri 31 March 17

Dear Parents of a Child with Autism, I am writing to you as a mother of two teenage boys who are on the autism spectrum in the hope my words will help you on your new and unexpected journey. ..

Mums on the move, why you can feel GREAT about any exercise (sod what the scales say!)

  Cindy Urquhart - Guest Author - EnVie Fitness Woonona.  Wed 7 June 17

The Magic of Movement off the Scales... Mums - feel great about the exercise you achieve! Weighing ourselves regularly has long been a primary method for evaluating the success of our ..

Have I got Mastitis!? How to identify, overcome and prevent Mastitis

  Leanne Wallace, Lactation Consultant Wollongong Private Hospital  Wed 7 June 17

Identifying and Overcoming Mastitis... By Guest Author - Leanne Wallace, Lactation Consultant Wollongong Private Hospital Breastfeeding is the natural way to feed your baby, but n..

Warming Winter Ideas with kids - what to do in the Illawarra when it's COLD!

  Jenny Henderson  Fri 2 June 17

Brrrrrr! Welcome to winter and it's so COLD already! Here is some warming inspiration for you, what to do across the Illawarra on chilly winter days: 1. Go shopping to stock up your ..

Beautiful & free ways for families to enjoy Illawarra in Autumn

  Jenny Henderson  Mon 17 April 17

There are so many creative, wonderful ways for families to enjoy Autumn across the Illawarra! Parents Guide Illawarra have collated free and cost effective 'family QT' ideas - so your family can e..

The One Question Mums of Sons Should Ask

  Maggie Dent  Fri 2 September 16

As a mother of four sons, a former boys’ basketball coach, counsellor and a secondary English teacher for 16 years I have come to see that there is often a mismatch between what a boy does a..

Inspiring kids to eat fruit and veg - have you tried this?

  Martha Hales - Parents Guide Author  Sun 7 May 17

Getting kids to eat and sleep well - two such challenging parts of parenting! If you need some inspiration, at Parents Guide we have your back... Here are some fun (and sneaky!) ways..

Ingenious ways to meet and make new mum/dad friends in The Illawarra!

  Jenny Henderson  Tue 2 May 17

Ah parenthood! How can it be so full of love, yet so incredibly isolating at times? Parenting has inspired the happiest and loneliest of times for me. I had my babies before my friends ev..

Get creative with your kids - ARTY AUTUMN ideas!

  Martha Hales  Tue 23 May 17

Arty Autumn - 10 fun activities and crafts to entertain and educate! The leaves are getting crunchier underfoot, the air is crisp and the summer is long gone. Make the most of the chang..

What top attraction in Illawarra is luring families from Sydney, Canberra and far flung NSW?

  Jenny Henderson  Thu 18 May 17

Families from Sydney, Canberra and NSW are coming in droves to the Illawarra. Our reputation is growing beyond just the South Coast holiday destination as more and more parents are getting w..

Mums of the Illawarra! Read this before Mothers Day...

  Jenny Henderson  Thu 27 April 17

There is strong possibility you may not have done this since your child was born... In the beautiful but unrelenting world of motherhood, when did you actually last stop, take a breath and ask..

Healthy Eating and Kids!

  Zoe McCarthy  Fri 24 February 17

The other week I was lucky enough to teach a nutrition workshop to a group of very keen 5-15 year olds! I had a fantastic time sharing with them some of the knowledge I have picked up over the..

Is my child genuinely confident?

  Jenna Claire Fletcher  Tue 25 October 16

Do you want your child to accept and love him/herself unconditionally? To value, respect and look after their body? To express their most positive self? “Confidence” is often misun..

Where Schools Go Wrong Integrating Technology Into The Classroom

  Frank Lusciano  Sun 16 October 16

It is no secret that education leaders and teachers all around the world are scrambling to bring technology into the classroom and help facilitate both new methods of education and also new syllab..

Books and their role in the ‘taming of our crew'

  Fiona McKay  Wed 12 October 16

During the interval in Sunday’s matinee performance of ‘One Really Big Circus Show’, I saw two year old Roxy perched on the edge of the stage, immersed in a book the Stage Manager wa..

New Online Healthy Lifestyle Program for Parents of Preschoolers

  Megan Hammersley  Fri 22 April 16

Early childhood is a critical time to establish healthy lifestyle practices and parents are important role models during this period. As children get older, it becomes more difficult to change un..

5 Tips from an Autism Mum

  Jennifer Ratcliffe  Fri 1 April 16

Jennifer Ratcliffe - author of ‘This Was Not On the Brochure’ a book about living your best life, even when it turns out differently to what you expected.... She is married to Bra..

Paint the Gong REaD

  Tracey Kirk-Downey – Paint the Gong REaD  Fri 21 August 15

Paint the Gong REaD is an early childhood literacy program that aims to promote reading, signing, talking and rhyming with all children from birth. Children begin learning before birth and by..

6 Tech Tools for Parents

  Nicky Way  Wed 19 August 15

Right after I read the newsletter on School eNews app, order the school photos online, get the bookclub books from scholastic website, order the entertainment guide ebook, book a last minute childcare..

Unlocking your child's creativity

  Nicky Lobo   Mon 25 May 15

Once upon a time, a healthy, happy child became a balanced, well-socialised adolescent, who then turned into a successful adult human. And we all lived happily ever after. That's the fairytal..

Introducing solids to your baby

  Kellie Ellington  Mon 3 February 14

From the moment our baby is born, we are faced with a wide range of opinions and decisions about how to feed, how often to feed, how we should settle baby, the best sleeping position, co-sleeping ..

Planning a birthday party to remember

  Sarah Impelmens  Mon 3 February 14

Your child's birthday is soon approaching and it is time to start putting some thought into how you are going to celebrate another year of growth and milestones. Whether you have decided on a smal..

The pains and pleasures of being a mumpreneur

  Eva Kokkelmans  Mon 3 February 14

In the past 2 year I have given birth twice, once to a baby and once to a business. After months of contemplation I finally made a decision: I am going to be a fulltime mum AND set up my own busin..

Low to no cost family fun

  Nicole Davies  Sat 3 August 13

There is no denying the Illawarra is one of the best places in the world to raise a family, we have so many fun places to play and explore. Beaches, walks, playgrounds, bike tracks and the list go..

Fun games to play indoors

  Dr Jane Williams  Sun 26 May 13

The wet winter months make it more challenging to keep the children occupied and moving. Moving is the key word here – children who sit watching screens, whether they be TV, computer, notebo..

Breastfeeding booby traps

  Louise David  Thu 22 January 15

Because our culture is so far removed from the village community of Africa or indigenous Australia many women can reach adulthood without ever seeing another woman breastfeed. Then as a community..

Lazy mum!

  Louise David  Tue 22 January 13

I'm the first to admit that I'm a lazy person, if I can get out of doing something, I will, if I can do something half heartedly but get the same result I will. I've now realised I parent the way ..

Perceived low supply and frequent feeding

  Louise David  Tue 22 January 13

Are you feeding again? You mustn't have enough milk? Maybe I don't have enough? These are frequently heard comments and thoughts by mums who are simply experiencing normal newborn feeding beh..

Tips for a happy & healthy pregnancy

  Nadine Campbell  Tue 22 January 13

When you are planning to become pregnant, even if it is not the first time, you are embarking on a journey that can sometimes feel overwhelming. The good news is that with proper nutritional and l..

To discipline or not? The marble jar method

  Chantelle Kerr  Tue 22 January 13

Parents often experience many difficulties with parenting. Parenting doesn't generally come with an instruction book, so we often have to learn as we go! Depending on the age of the children the c..

Towards less stress for parents nurturing happy healthy families

  Erika Steller  Tue 22 January 13

Parenting can feel like a whirlwind in our super busy world, juggling home, family, work and social engagements. Our children keep us almost constantly on the go, and the responsibilities of being..


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