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 ..
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..
Illawarra school giving hope to families of children with learning difficulties. Most parents would agree that supporting and guiding a child through their years at school is not always smoot..
'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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
Imagine this...…. a local dance teacher with 2 bachelors degrees in Psychology (Hons) and second in Education (Primary) , with an absolute love for dance and a dream for every child to expe..
Of course the Illawarra is like a big kid's playground with all our ocean, green spaces and escarpment to roam in. BUT, when it comes to dedicated kid's entertainment we've asked and they have ans..
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..
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..
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 ..
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..
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 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..
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..
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..
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 ..
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..
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..
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 ..
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..
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..
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