As I’m writing this, Australians are being encouraged to stay at home, and to avoid unnecessary interactions with other people as much as possible. While schools and childcare facilities remain op..
NEW DATES ANNOUNCED: Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th November 2020 - you can read more HERE. (https://www.wingsoverillawarra.com.au/) You cannot call yourself a true Illawarra local unless yo..
Great news from Parents Guide Illawarra... There is a new Kids' Uni long day care centre in Town! Parents of Illawarra pre-schoolers will be celebrating this gorgeous, unique centre with a..
It's a little quirky, fully immersive, fabulously educational and strangely addictive... For ages 3 through to tweens, teens to grandparents there is something a little mind blowing for every..
Modern-day parenting, ah we LOVE IT! Mix up this crazy-making combo of: -Supremely high cost of living, financial pressures and both parents often working; -The breakdown of the ‘vill..
As more and more evidence based research is revealing, children's attendance at a quality pre-school, really does help them emotionally and academically flourish at school too. So, this October, w..
The case for Middle School! Primary school direct into High School mean our kids move from from being the biggest fish in the secure confines of a primary school pond, into being a small fish ..
IT'S PARTY TIME!! What busy parent doesn't love the time consuming challenge of arranging and hosting a beautiful kids birthday party!? If outsourcing the paaaartay fun to a venue who pr..
It's getting towards witching hour, the house is ruined, tempers are fraying and even worse, the fridge looks more bare than a newborn's bottom. Fear not! Here at Parents Guide Illawarra, we h..
No doubt about it, baby capsules are amazing. BUT they are expensive. Read on and we can show you how to get the best baby capsule with a fab safety rating but without the mega price tag att..
It is estimated that one child is diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) every four hours but the support and understanding so desperately needed after diagnosis, is not always easy to f..
Whether you’re a family who experiences ASD first hand or have experience through the wider community, you’ll know the unique challenges it can present. It is estimated that one child is diagnosed..
Ohh interest rates have been cut! But what does this mean for Illawarra home owners? So, we asked the financial and mortgage broking experts at The Wealth Connection in Austinmer to let us k..
Of course the Illawarra is like a big kid's playground with all our ocean, green spaces and escarpment to roam in. BUT, as the weather cools and it comes to dedicated kid's entertainment - here is..
Spend any time in the Illawarra and you will see that we LOVE our canine pals! Whether they are small, white fluffy ones, big, fat slobbery ones... Here at Parents Guide Illawarra, we see ..
Congratulations you have a new job! Or bought a new house! Or your family has grown by one or two! Only problem is you will have to relocate and with that comes the need for your children to move ..
Firstly, parents, we salute you. We salute for you hanging in there whilst navigating the minefields of the toughest job on the planet - yup, parenting. We acknowledge that every parent ..
Since 1981, one not for profit organisation based in the Illawarra, has actively campaigned for the rights of our local families and children. The evidence is all pointing to how critical qua..
You’re pregnant! Hooray! Seeing those two pink lines pop up is possibly the ONLY time you’ll be ecstatic to essentially be holding your own pee. All jokes aside however, finding out you’re expecti..
Just when you thought getting your head around maths homework was tough, in comes the brand new digital technologies curriculum to leave parents scratching their heads. Coding what? Minecraft..
It's that time of year... Anyone else feeling just, um, a little 'financially stretched' after the summer holidays!? Soooo, here is our Parents Guide Illawarra fabbo guide of free, cost ef..
If your experience is anything likes ours here at Parents Guide Illawarra, us parents spend a good chunk of 'quality time' at the doctors! Finding the right doctor that you feel comfortab..
You are pregnant? CONGRATS! We have some more lovely news for you - share this far and wide with your fellow 'up the duff' community in NSW! Courtesy of the $157M Parenting Package initiat..
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..
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..
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 t..
Hey parents of school aged kids! Have you claimed your $100 Creative Kids rebate yet? We all know kids thrive off play and learning through being creative and just having fun, so yay that the..
Dammit we LOVE the Illawarra!! Possibly the best place in the world to bring up the kids? At Parents Guide Illawarra, are we biased much? Noooo! However there are certain 'unique' aspects to l..
Take a breath, be brave, it's better to be informed, yes!? SNAKES IN THE ILLAWARRA... We have discovered some equally fascinating, startling and re-assuring snake stats, close to (your) home.... ..
We don’t mean to alarm anyone but the BIG holidays are almost upon us. Yep, 6 long weeks of quality time (think a solid 10-12 hours daily) spent with your kids. Now, we understand if that has you ..
Obstetrics and gynaecology Meet Dr David Greening – Illawarra Obstetrician and fertility specialist... For those Illawarra couples and ladies struggling to conceive, we have some very good ne..
"When raising kids: first place the oxygen mask over your own mouth" - Ed Rogers Parenting can be one tough gig. The love and sacrifice that we feel for our babies and children when i..
With the weather warming up, there’s nothing better than getting out and about and exploring our gorgeous area. While the beach is ALWAYS a good idea, sometimes you fancy a change. We are super, d..
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. ..
‘I am Woman Moving! Hear Me Roar!’ Women can achieve anything….right? (Men actually can too, but it’s not about them today.) This blog is dedicated to all the women out there who..
Parents of children with challenging behaviours know what it’s like to reach the end of their tether. To wonder HOW on earth they’re going to help their child after exhausting all the traditional ..
I was fortunate to grow up in the beautiful town of Kiama, not that I appreciated it at the time. I couldn’t wait to leave, spread my wings and hit the big smoke. After time travelling overseas an..
How one Illawarra mums is helping thousands of mums in Ethiopia, and get this, it is when she shops online! “If the way I spend my money can have a positive impact on someone’s life, I'll..
At Parents Guide Illawarra, we are here to tell you that organising your child's birthday party - no matter how big or small - can actually be a fun, easy, exciting and budget-friendly exercise fo..
It can be an equally emotional and daunting time for both parent and child, preparing for 'big school'. New research is de-bunking some of the myths and misconceptions about what helps our ch..
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..
Early Learning Centre opens in the Illawarra - dedicated to school readiness! Our little ones are amazing, just the way they are! We also know that for our children to thrive in life, they ne..
Is the Illawarra property market tanking!? Is now a good time to buy and/or sell!? We asked the highly experienced Wendy Ristuccia from Ray White in Thirroul for her top tips for both buyers a..
Affordable child care? It’s the dream! But sadly, sometimes it’s more of a fantasy than a reality… Parents Illawarra wide will be all too-familiar with the juggle that comes with tryin..
Meet Dr Kothari... The Obstetrician/Gynaecologist changing the face of gynaecological care for women in the Illawarra... When you ask Dr Dharmesh Kothari (http://www.wollongongobgy.com...
Firstly, what is My Health Record? My Health Record is an individual’s safe and secure digital health information, easily accessible by their doctors, specialists and hospitals. My Health..
Ah parents... Whether you have babies or older kids - your relationship with your partner can fall to the wayside as your delightful bundles of joy demand their needs get met first. Meetin..
You’ve probably spotted them around town. Those hip and happening people who make facial hair, flanno and their grandfathers brogues look good. Yep, the Illawarra has become a hipster haven...
The ultimate facial for the busy mama!? No really, it takes 30mins only and after you may be reminded of how you skin used to look before the kids stole your sleep, check this out… As..
What no-one tells you before you have a baby. Dealing with the loneliness and a sense of overwhelm... 4 key things that will help you! The Parents Guide team are all Illawarra mums and in tot..
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