Latest ARTICLES

Illawarra Parents - how you can save up to $3,500 on your child's braces!

  Ana Butragueneo - Qualified Wollongong Dentist and Fastbraces Provider  Wed 13 December 17

It is the $7,500 question most parents with 9-13 year old children DREAD. Does my child need braces? On average, traditional braces can take up to two years and cost on average $7,500. ..

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..

Planning Your Baby's Naming Day Ceremony or Christening - all you need to consider!

  City Beach, Wollongong  Tue 5 December 17

Well, congratulations! Your beautiful bundle is here and it's time to celebrate their life in a way that is truly meaningful to you and your loved ones... At Parents Guide, we like to grill th..

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..

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 ..

Best-ever tips for communicating with teens

  Maggie Dent - Guest Author  Tue 26 September 17

Best-ever tips for communicating with teens By Maggie Dent After teaching, counselling and living with teens for 40 years, I have worked out some of the things that can improve our c..

School Holiday Survival Guide! 5 strategies for a happy holiday...

  Jenny Henderson  Sat 23 September 17

School holidays... Take a breath, we have some great ways to manage sibling fighting, the mega demands, and the adjustment to lack of routine - helping you manage the juggle! Parents Guide Il..

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..

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..

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..

The significant benefits of before and after school care (why parents can drop any GUILTS!)

  Jenny Henderson  Tue 25 July 17

Hey you, busy parent! I will make this short and sweet, as it's likely you are mighty busy juggling work, life and being a parent - plus maybe even attending to your own needs occasionally! ;)..

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..

Preparing your child for KINDY! What you can do NOW to give them the best start

  Kathryn McMahon - Experienced Kindergarten Teacher   Mon 10 July 17

Your little one at big school! It's one of the most significant changes in their life to date. It's an adjustment that both parent and child have to navigate and for the first time, navigate witho..

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 ..

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..

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 ..

Best ways to manage school holiday juggle in the Illawarra!

  Jenny Henderson  Thu 15 June 17

Ah school holidays! The juggle, the demands, the ramp up of sibling fighting. It can be tough for parents. Here at Parents Guide, we've considered how to balance it all out, relinquish ..

The huge benefits of taking your kids to this Illawarra venue (for you and them!)

  Jenny Henderson  Wed 14 June 17

Now, if NASA says something is great, it is probably best to tune in and pay attention. We are lucky enough to have a venue in the Illawarra which offers what NASA states is: “is the..

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..

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 ..

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 ..

School Aged Tantrums - the surprising thing I've learnt about them!

  Jenny Henderson  Wed 2 August 17

The 'stroppy age 6's and 7's' is a relatively well known phenomena in parenting chat nowadays. But I learned something quite critical from my 7year old son's tantrum today. I'm sure many s..

When can your child ditch the booster seat?

  Jenny Henderson  Thu 25 May 17

My seven year old is desperate to ditch his booster seat... I too, was under the misconception that children upwards of seven are OK to come out of a booster seat. But the research says that is NO..

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..

Family Days Out - Bushwalking With Kids - Karoo Pools

  Claire Kovalik  Mon 8 May 17

Family Days Out - Bushwalking With Kids - Karoo Pools (over age six recommended due to cliff edges and some rock scrambling) Location: Karoo Pools, Royal National Park. 'It’s hard to b..

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..

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 ..

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..

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..

Find your local Anzac Day Dawn Services - family friendly

  Jenny Henderson  Fri 21 April 17

A day where we can make great use of our children's early rising. Find your local dawn service below and come home to Anzac cookies and coffees. Ask your children what they know about Anza..

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..

Parenting Hacks for Happy School Holidays

  Jenny Henderson  Thu 6 April 17

Ah school holidays! The juggle, the demands, the ramp up of sibling fighting. It can be tough for parents. Here at Parents Guide, we've considered how to balance it all out, relinquish parentin..

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. ..

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..

Opening up new worlds through circus

  Fiona McKay  Fri 20 January 17

This article looks at the value of circus through focusing on a local, and not so local, circus program for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Some children don’t fit well into com..

How many questions does your child ask each day?

  Ruth Brown  Tue 15 November 16

Why do they keep asking them? Be encouraged, research suggests that children can ask around 200 to 300 questions a day. Parents are some of the most quizzed people. Asking questions is part ..

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..

Hypnobirthing Australia Childbirth Classes - Hypno what?

  Trish Delaney-Brown  Wed 5 October 16

When most people think of hypnosis they see a man on stage swinging a watch and making an audience member cluck like a chicken. What possible purpose could this serve in childbirth? Accordin..

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..

Marketing your small business - the importance of finding and communicating with your target market

  Jenny Henderson - 17 years of marketing  Sun 10 July 16

This weeks post is all about FINDING AND COMMUNICATING SUCCESSFULLY WITH YOUR TARGET MARKET!! Small business marketing is not about expensive branding campaigns - you can't afford that..

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..

Entitled Teenagers

  Chris Hudson  Fri 1 April 16

Penny is the mother of 2 teenage boys. She, and her husband Jeremy, have spent the last 16 years doing all they could to give their kids the best possible upbringing. They made a commitment when they ..

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..

Do you have abdominal separation? A Checklist (Video)

  Tamara O'Reilly  Fri 11 March 16

The Pilates Workshop has just released a video detailing how to find out if you have abdominal separation - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuDuaEI6T5I Need some help determining if you have..

Why Should We Teach Kids Computer Coding?

  Frank Lucisano  Fri 27 November 15

Computer coding (programming) has become a hot topic for parents wanting to ensure their children get the best education and are prepared for the workforce as they grow into adolescents, but just ..

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..

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..

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..

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..

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..

Chiropractic and pregnancy- a natural approach

  Paul Atkins  Tue 22 January 13

"Every day more clinical research is showing that chiropractic care can play a crucial role during pregnancy, labour and delivery" stated Dr Drew Rubin."Research showing that the Webster Technique..

Belly dance through pregnancy: an ancient dance for a modern mama!

  Virginia Keft-Kennedy  Tue 22 January 13

Women of the Middle East have 'hip circled', 'shimmied' and swayed their way through pregnancy for centuries. Belly dancing is one of the earliest surviving dances and with its ancient connec..

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..

Returning to exercise after the birth of your child!

  Belinda Henry  Tue 22 January 13

Your pelvic floor muscles are the base of the cylinder of muscles commonly called "the core". The pelvic floor muscles help in bladder and bowel control, support the pelvic organs and assist in s..

HypnoBirthing - Philosophy for achieving calm and loving birth

  Veronika Scurr  Tue 22 January 13

Over the centuries women have been looking at birth as something that has to be endured, feared or at best tolerated in order to have a baby. Birth has been perceived as a medical incident that is..

Dealing with infertility

  Tanya Demello  Tue 22 January 13

Three and half years ago my husband and I were in a wonderful place, we had just bought a new house that we were renovating, we both had great jobs and hot on the heels of my 29th birthday we deci..

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..

Post Natal Depression

  Alyson Officer  Tue 22 January 13

Postnatal Depression Awareness Week was held recently so it is a great time to have a look at this illness. Just talking about it breaks down the stigma associated with antenatal and postnatal dep..

Tummy time tips

  C Coulter-O'Berry et al  Tue 22 January 13

Tummy time is a valuable and important activity for your baby from birth onwards. The increased awareness of SIDS (sudden unexpected death in infancy or fatal sleeping accidents) has lead to safe ..

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..

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..

Immunisation Schedule and Clinic Dates

    Thu 29 November 12

Immunisation protects children (and adults) against harmful infections before they come into contact with them in the community. Immunisation uses the body's natural defence mechanism - the immune..

My pregnancy journey and HBAC of Ky

  Bec Gorman  Thu 29 November 12

This story begins with the birth of our first baby, Madison in September 2008. Our beautiful baby girl entered the world via 'emergency' caesarean after I was induced at 39 weeks for a mild case o..

Everybody's doing yoga even the kids!

  Erika Steller  Mon 2 May 11

Have you tried yoga? Have your children? It seems many people have either done yoga or thought maybe they should try it. The beneficial effects of yoga are many, with a growing body of research wo..

Outback Jacks kids eat for free
Wellness Centre
Bubble n bounce


Important Numbers

24hr Health Line
1800 022 222

Poisons Information
13 11 26

Parent Line NSW
1300 130 052

Medicare
13 20 11

Pregnancy, Birth & Baby Helpline
1800 882 436

Australian Breastfeeding Ass.
1800 686 2 686 222

Tresillian Help Line
1300 272 736

Mental Health Line
1800 011 511 (24 hours, 7 days)

Parents Guide © Copyright 2017, All Rights Reserved Design and development by: Butler Creative