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..
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..
Embracing a diagnosis of Autism in a child - 6 lovely and helpful things to know... To acknowledge World Autism (and Acceptance!) Day on 2nd April 2018, we interviewed a local Mum about her e..
CONGRATULATIONS! You are likely reading this due to pregnancy or you've recently become a parent. It's also likely you've discovered early on that EVERYONE has an opinion on pregnancy, birthi..
One particularly humid morning during the recent start to the school holidays, my permanently early riser of a son (almost 6 years of age), begged me at 7am in the morning to take him to the beach..
Well, I blame summer. Oooooh yes, summer - you seductive, balmy wonder of nature you; taunting us relentlessly with your warmth; caressing our backs with rays of golden light; smiling down on us w..
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 ..
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. ..
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..
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..
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 ..
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 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..
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..
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..
'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..
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..
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..
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 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 ..
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 ..
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..
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..
The adjustment to being a parent is well, how can we best put it? Overwhelming: full of intense love, responsibility and joy but yet totally crazy making!? However gracefully (or not!) y..
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, 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. ..
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 ..
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..
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 ..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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 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..
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..
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..
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 ..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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