Preschoolers

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..

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..

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..

Have you done the Illawarra 'top 10 FUN places to take the kids!?'

  Our Illawarra Kids have voted - this is what they have to say...  Tue 1 May 18

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..

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..

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..

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..

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..

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..

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..

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 ..

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..

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..

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 ..

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..

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..

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