This Glorious Mess

This Glorious Mess

Australia

This is not the place for "perfect parents". This is a weekly look at parenting as it truly is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, completely full of surprises and very messy. Join Andrew Daddo, broadcaster, author of children's books and father of three, and Holly Wainwright, editor, writer and mother of two, as they unpack what parents are really talking about. From toddlers to teenagers, it's all the disasters and delights of parenting, made real.

Episodes

Prank your Kids. Get YouTube Famous. Profit.  

Is it okay to tell your son you're putting him up for adoption, then upload his tearful response to YouTube for a giggle? A 12-year-old pinched the family car and tried to drive across the outback and the city-slickers went crazy. But isn't that perfectly acceptable country kid behaviour? Plus, Luca Lavigne lets rip about his mum Mia Freedman's parenting. It's not always pretty but it's nice to know that even if your teenage son hates you, he will come back eventually. And in a This Glorious Mess first, we actually have two parenting nails! It's an anniversary miracle for our 100th episode. You bloody ripper.

Shownotes

Your hosts today were Holly Wainwright and Andrew Daddo

With thanks to Luca Lavigne

You can buy Andrew Daddo's childrens books, or any other book mentioned on our podcasts from iBooks at apple.co/mamamia, where you can also subscribe to all our other shows in one place.

While you're there, leave us a review and tell us what you love about the show.

If you want to bake us a cake email tgm@mamamia.com.au

Leave us an audio message at 02 8999 9386

And let us know what you nailed or failed this week!

This show was produced by Rachel Wagner.

EP of podcasts at Mamamia is Monique Bowley.

And head of Entertainment is Holly Wainwright

Even the Babies Are Sugar-Free Now.  

Should babies go sugar-free? There’s a new cookbook that says yes, but not everyone agrees with putting bubs on a diet, because rolly babies are the cutest, right?  How do kids from the bush go to school where there isn't one? We find out about the governesses who fly in like Mary Poppins to educate children in outback Australia. Jay Laga'aia shares his tricks for getting kids to help out and how he shames them into cleaning their rooms. Plus, a listener wants to know, how do you parent a toddler and a teen? With eight kids aged from 7 to 33, Jay has a few ideas. 

Shownotes

Your hosts were Holly Wainwright and Jay Laga'aia

With thanks to Paula Heelan, Author of Outback Governesses

Andrew Daddo returns next week!

You can buy Outback Governesses or any other book mentioned on our podcasts from iBooks at apple.co/mamamia, where you can also subscribe to all our other shows in one place.

While you're there, leave us a review and tell us what you love about the show.

Tell us your story via email tgm@mamamia.com.au

Leave us an audio message at 02 8999 9386

And let us know what you nailed or failed this week!

This show was produced by Rachel Wagner.

EP of Podcasts at Mamamia is Monique Bowley.

And head of Entertainment is Holly Wainwright

Is it Really Easter if the Bunny Brings Carrots?  

The sugar-police are out in force this weekend, cracking down on kids who just want to stuff their faces with calorific eggs. But is this taking all the fun out of Easter? And we take on Gordon Ramsay's divisive comments on parenting: are kids entitled to fistfuls of cash and first class flights? You bet your bunny they're not. Plus, we talk to a man who has saved many a pregnant woman from eating sardines on toast for dinner and is a hero among dads-to-be. Tune in, and tune out the family drama this long weekend. Happy Easter, you messy bunch.

Shownotes

Your hosts today were Holly Wainwright and Jay Laga'aia

You can find Jay on Facebook and Twitter

With thanks to Aaron Harvie, buy his book here

You can buy Andrew Daddo's childrens books, or any other book mentioned on our podcasts from iBooks at apple.co/mamamia, where you can also subscribe to all our other shows in one place.

While you're there, leave us a review and tell us what you love about the show.

Tell us your story via email tgm@mamamia.com.au

Leave us an audio message at 02 8999 9386

And let us know what you nailed or failed this week!

This show was produced by Rachel Wagner.

EP of podcasts at Mamamia is Monique Bowley.

And head of Entertainment is Holly Wainwright

Bribery Is Dead. Said No Parent Ever.  

Bribery has gone to new, terrifying levels. We talk to a mum who hands out $100 bills for jobs. There's a new app that is a gift registry for kids parties, so your little Veruca Salt can get the hideously expensive present she's been coveting. And if you're wondering why no one invites you over to their house anymore, it's because 60% of parents are ashamed of the state of them. Seems low. On this show, it's 100%. We embrace the squalor, it's right there in the show title.  

Shownotes

Your hosts were Holly Wainwright and Andrew Daddo

With thanks to Jo Abi

You can buy Andrew Daddo's childrens books, or any other book mentioned on our podcasts from iBooks at apple.co/mamamia, where you can also subscribe to all our other shows in one place.

While you're there, leave us a review and tell us what you love about the show.

Tell us your story via email tgm@mamamia.com.au

Leave us an audio message at 02 8999 9386

And let us know what you nailed or failed this week!

This show was produced by Rachel Wagner.

EP of podcasts at Mamamia is Monique Bowley.

And head of Entertainment is Holly Wainwright

The Kids Are Drunk and The Baby's Getting a Massage.  

What's wrong with this picture? Well first of all, it should be us getting a massage. What's so stressful about being a baby that you need to go to a day-spa? Peek-a-boo isn't that tough. One mum sent her five-year-old skipping off to school with a vodka slushie in her lunchbox instead of a juice box. Now keep a straigt face and repeat after me: drunk kids are not hilarious. On a more serious note: how do you talk to your teens about boozing responsibly? Because "don't drink, but if you do..." is a bit of a contradiction. Now where's that raspberry vodka? 

Shownotes

Your hosts were Holly Wainwright and Andrew Daddo

With thanks to Jackie Lunn

You can buy Andrew Daddo's childrens books, or any other book mentioned on our podcasts from iBooks at apple.co/mamamia, where you can also subscribe to all our other shows in one place.

While you're there, leave us a review and tell us what you love about the show.

Tell us your story via email tgm@mamamia.com.au

Leave us an audio message at 02 8999 9386

And let us know what you nailed or failed this week!

This show was produced by Rachel Wagner.

EP of podcasts at Mamamia is Monique Bowley.

And head of Entertainment is Holly Wainwright.

You Can Run. But You Can't Hide.  

Hold on to your activewear, we're talking to a couple who are doing 100 triathlons in 100 days. And as if that's not enough, they're bringing their 8-month-old baby along for the ride. If you saw a little boy bursting out of his stubbies, would you say something? Teachers are now being asked to dob in obese kids. And if you need to express yourself in a string of four letter words but don't want to spend the afternoon washing those little parrots' mouths out with soap, we've got a slew of kid-friendly swear words for you. They're funny as flip. Plus, if you're missing your Bachelor fix, there's a parody version for parents that we wish was real. The roses are replaced with sippy cups and it's a million times funnier. 

Shownotes

Your hosts were Holly Wainwright and Andrew Daddo

You can buy Andrew Daddo's childrens books, or any other book mentioned on our podcasts from iBooks at apple.co/mamamia, where you can also subscribe to all our other shows in one place.

While you're there, leave us a review and tell us what you love about the show.

If you want to follow Debi and John's progress or donate to the cause, go to www.ironcentury.com.au

Watch The Babysitter here

 Tell us your story via email tgm@mamamia.com.au

Leave us an audio message at 02 8999 9386

And let us know what you nailed or failed this week! 

This show was produced by Rachel Wagner.

EP of podcasts at Mamamia is Monique Bowley.

And head of Entertainment is Holly Wainwright.

Lock the Door, Leave Your Kids With Strangers, and Other Lessons for Working Parents.  

What's worse than living through Year 12, suffering through SACs and agonising over your ATAR? Reliving the whole year. On national TV. Like Zoe Mallet did when she documented the highs and lows of her final school year. Plus, you know how you've spent years warning your kids not to get into cars with strangers? Well it's time to undo that lesson, because there's now an Uber for kids. We've got all the conspiracy theories about that viral BBC interview video that stole our hearts this week (was he working in his jocks?) There's a valuable lesson about haircuts. And the solution we've all been waiting for: how to keep your nocturnal teens off their screens.

Shownotes

Your hosts were Holly Wainwright and Andrew Daddo

You can buy Andrew Daddo's childrens books, or any other book mentioned on our podcasts from iBooks at apple.co/mamamia, where you can also subscribe to all our other shows in one place.

While you're there, leave us a review and tell us what you love about the show.

You can watch My Year 12 Life on ABC Me or iView.

 Tell us your story via email tgm@mamamia.com.au

Leave us an audio message at 02 8999 9386

And let us know what you nailed or failed this week! 

This show was produced by Rachel Wagner.

EP of podcasts at Mamamia is Monique Bowley.

And head of Entertainment is Holly Wainwright.

 

The Pregasaurus Is The New Bridezilla  

When you're pregnant do you demand foot massages on tap? Does your bump wear only the finest $300 designer maternity trackie dacks? Are you going on a babymoon?

If you answered yes to any of the above, tell your partner to run for cover, because you're probably a pregasaurus. Rawr!

And have you heard of Finstas? We go inside the secret social media lives of teens, and it's surprisingly tame. 

Shownotes

Your hosts were Holly Wainwright and Andrew Daddo

You can buy Andrew Daddo's childrens books, or any other book mentioned on our podcasts from iBooks at apple.co/mamamia, where you can also subscribe to all our other shows in one place.

While you're there, leave us a review and tell us what you love about the show.

Tell us your story via email tgm@mamamia.com.au

Leave us an audio message at 02 8999 9386

This show was produced by Rachel Wagner.

EP of podcasts at Mamamia is Monique Bowley.

And head of Entertainment is Holly Wainwright.

I Gave Birth In A Ute And Now I'm Truly Aussie  

When you have to hose down the back of your ute, you know things haven't gone quite according to your birth plan. Rebecca gave birth on the side of the road not once, but TWICE. So how does that happen when you live 10 minutes from the hospital? And is anyone game to sit in the trusty Triton now? Beyonce has been dethroned by Zoë Foster Blake as the queen of pregnancy annoucements, but has the whole fertilisation-photoshoot-extravagazana gone too far? And if your kids can keep quiet over their quinoa, there's a fancy Italian restaurant that will reward them for their good behaviour with a discounted bill. Now if only that happened at the local pub...

Show Notes

Your hosts were Holly Wainwright and Andrew Daddo

You can buy Andrew Daddo's childrens books, or any other book mentioned on our podcasts from iBooks at apple.co/mamamia, where you can also subscribe to all our other shows in one place.

While you're there, leave us a review and tell us what you love about the show.

Tell us your story via email tgm@mamamia.com.au

Leave us an audio message at 02 8999 9386

This show was produced by Rachel Wagner.

EP of podcasts at Mamamia is Monique Bowley.

And head of Entertainment is Holly Wainwright.

Getting Off The Grid: Meet the Neo-Peasant Parents.  

Do you struggle to keep up with the reams of toilet paper your house goes through? Do you put the wrong recycling thing in the wrong recycling bin? Meet the neo-peasant parents. They’re the slow-living, back-to-basics warriors who want to banish waste and embrace the natural way of living. No toys. No supermarkets. No toilet paper. No WAY. Also, can you give back a present that someone gives to your child? And there's a new set of baby milestone cards that are all too real. 

Show Notes

Your hosts were Holly Wainwright and Andrew Daddo

You can buy Andrew Daddo's childrens books, or any other book mentioned on our podcasts from iBooks at apple.co/mamamia, where you can also subscribe to all our other shows in one place.

While you're there, leave us a review and tell us what you love about the show. 

Tell us your story via email tgm@mamamia.com.au

Leave us an audio message at 02 8999 9386

This show was produced by Rachel Wagner.

EP of podcasts at Mamamia is Monique Bowley.

And head of Entertainment is Holly Wainwright.

Keep Your Filthy Smoker Hands Off My Baby  

The smokers of the world are huffing and puffing and they want to know - can you really unfriend someone for smoking around your baby? Move over mums and bubs movie sessions, the latest craze is pix, prams and pornography. But would you take your baby to see the new Fifty Shades of Grey flick and risk their first memory being the Red Room of Pain?   Plus, imagine waking up to find a photo of your 10-year-old going viral on the internet. We spoke to the dad of the little surfer dude making waves for his Jaws reenactment. And Andrew Daddo has come up with the smoothest way to talk to his kids about condoms. He also learned they’re not called condoms anymore, they’re just ‘things.’

Show Notes

Your hosts were Holly Wainwright and Andrew Daddo. 

You can buy any book mentioned on our podcasts from iBooks at apple.co/mamamia.

We'd love you to tell another gloriously messy parent about this podcast.

You can contact the show with suggestions or comments via email tgm@mamamia.com.au

Or, leave us an audio message at 02 8999 9386

This show was produced by Rachel Wagner.

EP of podcasts at Mamamia is Monique Bowley.

Head of entertainment is Holly Wainwright.

The Terrifying Text Slang of Teens  

Remember the innocence of LOL and ROFL? Those were the days. If you're feeling smug that you know what 'bae' means, sorry to break it to you, but there are a slew of new cyber slang terms that will curl your toes. Do you know what GNOC and KYS mean? Yikes. And ICYMI, social media is awash with PSAs. That's parenting service announcements.  From sunscreen rashes to inflatable pool toys that go bad, is it good or too paranoia-inducing? Plus, finally, a kids book where the main character has two mums. We talk to the author who crowdfunded this story of love, acceptance, and families that come in all different shapes and sizes.

Show Notes

Your hosts were Holly Wainwright and Jo Abi

You can buy Jess's book Enid and Her Two Mums here.

You can buy any other book mentioned on our podcasts from iBooks at apple.co/mamamia.

We'd love you to tell another gloriously messy parent about this podcast.

You can contact the show with suggestions or comments via email tgm@mamamia.com.au

Or, leave us an audio message at 02 8999 9386

This show was produced by Rachel Wagner.
EP of podcasts at Mamamia is Monique Bowley
Head of entertainment is Holly Wainwright.

Over-Parenting, Lunchbox Politics and Fish Funerals.  

The parenting experts have given us the greatest gift in their latest piece of advice – do less. Sounds blissful. But what happens when Jo 'I track my kids' Abi meets Michael 'your coddling is ruining your kid' Grose? And with school back, there’s a whole new wave of lunchbox rules to navigate and the teachers are watching so closely you would think the kids were smuggling in beer and cigarettes. But it's left us wondering - what the hell is nude food? Plus, Jo has been branded 'Fish Murderer' by her kids. Ouch. 

Show Notes

Your hosts were Holly Wainwright and Jo Abi

You can buy Michael's book The Spoonfed Generation or any other book mentioned on our podcasts from iBooks at apple.co/mamamia, where you can also subscribe to all our other shows in one place.

While you're there, leave us a review and tell us what you love about the show. 

Tell us your story via email tgm@mamamia.com.au

Leave us an audio message at 02 8999 9386

This show was produced by Rachel Wagner.

Best of: I Took Nits All The Way To Italy.  

Welcome to the best of This Glorious Mess. We're digging into our back catalogue to bring you the most fascinating and funniest bits from the show. 

Lolly bags: A joyful tradition or more useless stuff we don't need? Imagine waving goodbye to your child as they left to scale Everest. Glenn Azar did just that. His daughter Alyssa Azar just climbed Mount Everest - the youngest ever Aussie to do so. So what's it like having an extreme teen? We speak to the Melbourne mum of twins whose ingenious solution to twin questions went viral. Holly's back from her family holiday, except it wasn't just the kids that enjoyed a European summer. Scratch scratch.

Show Notes

Your hosts were Holly Wainwright and Andrew Daddo

If you want to subscribe to This Glorious Mess, go to apple.co/mamamia, where you will find all of Mamamia’s podcasts, as well as any book we ever talk about on any of our shows in one place.

Tell us your story via email tgm@mamamia.com.au

Leave us an audio message at 02 8999 9386

This show was produced by Rachel Wagner and Elissa Ratliff 

Best of: I fed a sugar free child all the chocolate in the world.  

Welcome to the best of This Glorious Mess. We're digging into our back catalogue to bring you the most fascinating and funniest bits from the show. 

How the heck do you control screen time? Nikki Gemmell bolted a safe to the floor and only she knows the combination. You're taking someone else's kid to a birthday party. They aren't allowed sugar. Do you tail them to make sure they don't touch the fairy bread? Or do you let them run wild into a land of cakes and jelly snakes?Plus we speak to a midwife who has delivered over 10,000 babies, and ask her about some of the most unusual things she's seen in the birthing suite. She also answers whether or not you really need an Enya CD playing (hint, it's a no...).

Show Notes

Your hosts were Holly Wainwright and Andrew Daddo

If you want to subscribe to This Glorious Mess, go to apple.co/mamamia, where you will find all of Mamamia’s podcasts, as well as any book we ever talk about on any of our shows in one place.

Tell us your story via email tgm@mamamia.com.au

Leave us an audio message at 02 8999 9386

This show was produced by Rachel Wagner and Elissa Ratliff 

Calling all mums...  

...and dads....Mamamia is working on a new podcast and we need your stories.

Call us on 02 8999 9386

Or send an email to podcast@mamamia.com.au

Best of: The woman who gave birth in peak hour traffic.  

It's the best of This Glorious Mess. We're digging into our back catalogue to bring you the most fascinating and funniest bits from the show. 

Holly Wainwright went on an unplugged holiday to Lord Howe Island last week, and discovered a whole new world - two kids and no wi-fi. Plus, have you ever wondered who donates sperm? Comedian, and possible father of seven, Toby Halligan calls in to answer our questions. Peak hour traffic is painful enough. So just imagine giving birth it in. Adelaide mother-of-two Bianca Grant says it was feet up on the dash, and away she went....as buses drove by...and strangers walked past.  

Show Notes

Your hosts were Holly Wainwright and Andrew Daddo

If you want to subscribe to This Glorious Mess, go to apple.co/mamamia, where you will find all of Mamamia’s podcasts, as well as any book we ever talk about on any of our shows in one place.

Tell us your story via email tgm@mamamia.com.au

Leave us an audio message at 02 8999 9386

This show was produced by Rachel Wagner and Elissa Ratliff 

 

Best Of: The Couple Who Retired In Their 30's.  

We're digging into the back catalogue and bringing you the most talked-about, the funniest, and the best bits of the show. 

Do you live in a naked house? If you feel overdressed in a towel and can pick your son’s bare bum out of a line-up, the answer is probably yes. And how much is a tooth worth these days? There's one toothfairy that's gone wayyy over the top. For anyone who's got the post-holiday work blues, we meet a couple who retired in their 30's and found out how they did it. Plus, Holly finally nailed getting Billy to eat greens in the form of a spinach pie recipe sent in by a listener. It's practically magic. 

Show Notes

Your hosts were Holly Wainwright and Andrew Daddo

This episode was brought to you by Telstra. 

If you want to subscribe to This Glorious Mess, go to apple.co/mamamia, where you will find all of Mamamia’s podcasts, as well as any book we ever talk about on any of our shows in one place.

Tell us your story via email tgm@mamamia.com.au

Leave us an audio message at 02 8999 9386

This show was produced by Rachel Wagner and Elissa Ratliff 

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The Road Trip Special.  

If you're hitting the wide open road this summer, wind in your hair, kids howling in the back seat, 'are we there yet?' ringing in your ears... you need this show. To save your sanity, we're bringing you a super bonus bumper game show to keep everyone entertained, at least until the next pit stop. This is one to listen to with the entire family, big ears and small. We'll bring the games and quizzes, you bring the lollies. 

Show Notes

Your hosts were Holly Wainwright and Andrew Daddo

If you want to subscribe to This Glorious Mess, go to apple.co/mamamia, where you will find all of Mamamia’s podcasts, as well as any book we ever talk about on any of our shows in one place.

Tell us your story via email tgm@mamamia.com.au

Leave us an audio message at 02 8999 9386

This show was produced by Rachel Wagner

The executive producer of podcasts is Monique Bowley

The head of entertainment is Holly Wainwright

See you all next year! 

The Brutal 2016 Report Card.  

This week, we're wrapping up our year in parenting. What were the big trends? What baby names are making a comeback? And what were the kids getting up to when they should have been doing their homework? Plus, because the lunatics are running the asylum this week - our kids are taking over nailed and failed with our report card for the year. And it's a B for brutal...

Show Notes

Your hosts were Holly Wainwright and Andrew Daddo

If you want to subscribe to This Glorious Mess, go to apple.co/mamamia, where you will find all of Mamamia’s podcasts, as well as any book we ever talk about on any of our shows in one place.

Tell us your story via email tgm@mamamia.com.au

Leave us an audio message at 02 8999 9386

This show was produced by Rachel Wagner

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