Preschoolers

Parenting = one tough gig. An open letter to all parents... When raising kids, first place the oxygen mask over your own mouth.

  Katelyn Milevski & Jenny Henderson  Tue 13 November 18

"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..

8 of the best, family friendly bushwalks in the Illawarra

  Naomi Cotterill  Mon 5 November 18

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..

That ongoing niggle that all is not right with your child...

  Dr Grace Kiiru - Australian Trained & Wollongong Based Paediatrician   Tue 30 October 18

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!’ An uplifting blog dedicated to women who find time to...

  Guest Author - all things fitness and endorphins - Cindy @ Soul Fit  Thu 25 October 18

‘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..

4 things parents of children with behavioural issues NEED to know about Applied Behaviour Analysis

  Jenny Henderson  Thu 18 October 18

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 ..

Illawarra Kids Birthday Party Venues & Entertainment - the best of guide!

  Katelyn Milevski  Wed 26 September 18

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..

Parents of pre-schoolers, THIS is what helps our kids successfully 'Transition to School'

  Jenny Henderson  Wed 17 October 18

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..

Kids Halloween Ideas... Easy, safer, low cost and FUN!

  Jenny Henderson  Thu 18 October 18

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..

NEW Early Learning Centre opens in Illawarra - supporting school readiness!

  Jenny Henderson  Thu 20 September 18

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..

Child Care Affordability! Discover how some parents are balancing the costs...

  Jenny Henderson  Thu 13 September 18

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..

Mums, Dads, Carers! What 'My Health Record' means for your family AND what you need to do

  Ashley Puljic  Wed 8 August 18

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..

Romantic Nights Away For Parents - your best local romantic / luxury couple accommodation!

  Jenny Henderson (and yes I loved researching this one!)  Wed 18 July 18

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..

9 Healthy, Hip Eateries for Families

  Jenny Henderson  Sun 15 July 18

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!? And you can find in the Illawarra (and do it in thirty mins!)

  Naomi Cotterill  Thu 28 June 18

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..

The Playhouse - the new creative space where our Illawarra kids can find their own groove!

  Naomi Cotterill  Wed 15 August 18

Psssst! Have you heard about The Playhouse (https://www.the-playhouse.com.au/)? No? If you’ve got a creative little soul or quirky character on your hands, then you might want to turn your ears fi..

Great news for primary school aged kids from Wollongong, Keiraville, Gywnneville, Balgownie, Mount Pleasant, Towradgi, E.Corrimal, Fairy Meadow & Mount Pleasant!

  Jenny Henderson  Thu 9 August 18

Wow, parents of Wollongong and surrounding suburbs can celebrate with a great win for their primary school kids... North Wollongong's Innovation Campus is home to a unique facility for our Pr..

This unique event that Sydney-siders flock down for - did you know about it?

  Jenny Henderson  Tue 21 August 18

The unique event that Sydneysiders flock down for – but do YOU know about it? EXPERIENCE SITEWORKS! WHERE NATURE, LEARNING, ARTS, SCIENCE AND CAMPING COLLIDE… The annual Bundan..

Keep Your Tribe Entertained This Winter! Lovely family friendly ideas and fun things to do locally

  Naomi Cotterill   Thu 31 May 18

Fab ways to keep your tribe entertained this winter... Every Illawarra parent has been there. It’s 4.30pm on a June afternoon. You’re at the park and you suddenly realise that it’s dark...

Buying and Selling homes in the changing Illawarra Real Estate Market - insider insight and advice...

  Guest Author - Wendy Ristuccia  Wed 23 May 18

The intense growth of the Illawarra Property market has ceased in 2018. Buyers can breathe a sigh of relief but what about selling your home in this changing market? We asked the highly experi..

Busting the myths about before and after school care (so you can drop the guilt)

  Jenny Henderson  Tue 1 May 18

How much fun is mum guilt, said no parent ever! Yes, #mumguilt is a real thing. It starts pretty much the moment you pop out your first baby and seemingly NEVER ENDS. In the early days, it w..

Best ways to help children who are ABOVE a healthy weight

  Danielle Louis - Health Promotion Officer - NSW Health  Fri 22 December 17

Seeing a child experience the anguish of being overweight in our bodily obsessed society, is hard. It's not just the health risks that come with being overweight. Often children above a healt..

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..

Embracing a diagnosis of Autism in a child - 6 things to know

  Anonymous Mum  29th March 2018

Embracing a diagnosis of Autism in a child - 6 lovely and helpful things to know... To acknowledge World Autism (and Acceptance!) Day on 2nd April 2018, we interviewed a local Mum about her e..

Illawarra Parents - how to save up to $3,000 on your child's braces!

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

It is the $7,000* question most parents with 9-13 year old children DREAD. Does my child need braces? According to stats from Orthodontics Australia, on average, traditional braces can ..

A 'Best Of' for Beach Bums! Your Family Friendly Beach Guide - Illawarra & South Coast

  Katelyn Milevski  1 January, 2018 (updated 6 November, 2018)

One particularly humid morning during the recent start to the school holidays, my permanently early riser of a son (almost 6 years of age), begged me at 7am in the morning to take him to the beach..

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..

If your health goals taken an unscheduled mini-vacay lately. It's OK! Read this..

  Cindy Urquhart - Guest Author on all things 'mum and fitness'  Wed 17 January 18

Well, I blame summer. Oooooh yes, summer - you seductive, balmy wonder of nature you; taunting us relentlessly with your warmth; caressing our backs with rays of golden light; smiling down on us w..

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 ..

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..

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..

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 ..

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..

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! ;)..

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 ..

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..

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 ..

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..

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..

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 ..

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 ..

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. ..

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 ..

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..

Illawarra school giving hope to families of children with learning difficulties

  Suzanne Mammone - Guest Author from The Illawarra Grammar School  Wed 14 March 18

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..

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