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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, 7's and 8'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 ..

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..

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