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

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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

The kids' party for all the uninvited kids.  

Did you know some kids have never been to a birthday party? But hold the tears… This dad found out and now he’s celebrating his birthday in the best way ever. And stop wasting thousands of dollars on presents you end up fishing out of the bin on Boxing Day, we’ve found a place where you can get only the best toys. Plus, what are teachers REALLY saying on those report cards? A guide to reading between the lines.

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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What's that sound? A million bottles being flipped.  

Fads come, and fads go. Marbles, elastics, Pokemon Go. But this time, kids are flipping out of water bottles and Daddo can't get his head around it. Are you a Smug Married Person? Kerri Sackville joins us for an ode to single parents this holiday season, and the social etiquette class you didn't know you needed.  Plus, the passive-aggressive presents we're just dying to give hateful children this Christmas. In one terrifying word - glitter. 

Show Notes

Your hosts were Holly Wainwright and Andrew Daddo

With thanks to Kerri Sackville

This podcast was brought to you by Key Assets

If you want to buy Kerri's book or 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

If you are interested in becoming a foster carer or would like more information, contact Key Assets on 1800 WE CARE or visit www.canifoster.com.au

Key Assets is a not-for-profit foster care provider who supports carers with on-going training, 24/7 support and a dedicated social worker. Carers also receive an allowance to help support the valued work they do.

 

Crossfit for kids is on the naughty list.  

Does your four-year-old need to work on his abs? Gruelling, tyre-tossing Crossfit classes are now available for kids, but would you let yours join the cult? And did you hear Santa's too busy to watch your kids this year? Now it's the Elf on the Shelf finding out who's been naughty or nice. And he's not real... Plus, how far would you go to get your child into private school? We meet the dad who hired a team of professionals. 

Show notes

Your hosts today were Holly Wainwright and Mamamia's resident author Jacqui Lunn.

If you want to buy Jacqui's book or 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.

Teaching your kids the value of a buck.  

Do your kids turn into greedy little monsters when Christmas rolls around? We invited The Barefoot Investor Scott Pape to tell us how we can teach kids about money at the most expensive time of the year. And speaking of wish lists as long as your arm, have your kids got a Hatchimal on theirs? We discuss the most sought-after presents that spark toy shop brawls. And if you're looking for a more original gift idea, meet the mum who wants to buy her 12-year-old a boob-job.

Show Notes

Your hosts were Holly Wainwright And Andrew Daddo

With thanks to Scott Pape

This podcast was brought to you by Officeworks Free School List Service.

If you want to buy Scott's book or 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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When you decide to move the kids to Bali  

What happens when you move three kids under five from Sydney to live in Bali? We speak to author Fiona Higgins, who says the reality isn't the Instagrammable holiday we imagined. Plus, with celebrities calling their kids everything from Apple to Dream Kardashian - where are all the Bobbys and Sues? And if you've been hearing this parenting buzzword everywhere, we have an explainer on 'sharenting'. 

Show Notes

Your hosts were Holly Wainwright And Andrew Daddo

With thanks to Fiona Higgins.

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.

The birth guru who says labour doesn't have to hurt  

If you're sick of horror stories about birth, you're going to love Milli Hill. The founder of the Positive Birth Movement has some revolutionary ideas about how women approach having babies, so grab the scented candles and uncross your legs. Also, how do you answer the question: "What does sexy mean?" when it comes from a six-year-old and, is it really true that the smaller the house, the happier the family?

Show Notes

Your hosts were Holly Wainwright And Andrew Daddo 

With thanks to Milli Hill from the Positive Birth Movement

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.

My 6-Year-Old Is Not Getting A Manicure  

There’s nothing better than a bit of pampering at the salon, but do you bring the kids? Holly says no. Plus where are your kids right now? If you answered ‘how should I know?’ you may need a lesson in stalking. Writer Jo Abi has an app that lets her track her kids, so she’ll never have to wonder if they made it to school safely. Creepy? Yes. Necessary? Maybe. 


Show Notes

Your hosts were Holly Wainwright And Andrew Daddo 

With thanks to Jo Abi.

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

Leave us an audio message at 02 8999 9386

This show was produced by Elissa Ratliff.

The Mum Who Says Boo To Halloween Treats.  

What's scarier? Halloween or the looming childhood obesity crisis? While all the darling kiddies are running around from house to house gathering lollies this weekend nutritionst Susie Burrell advises us to put the brakes on the chocolate train. Gulp. Plus, want to raise a sporting prodigy? Don't talk to a coach, talk to the bank because it will cost you at least $300,000. Yikes. And there's a very compelling case for why we need more honest grandmas on social media. 

Show Notes

Your hosts were Holly Wainwright And Andrew Daddo 

With thanks to Susie Burrell.

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

Leave us an audio message at 02 8999 9386

This show was produced by Elissa Ratliff with assistance from Luca Lavigne.

Parenting is an introvert's worst nightmare.  

What’s it like to be forced to socialise with other parents when you’re a huge, screaming introvert? Carla Gee joins us with some tips, such as; how many times can you lock yourself in the toilet? And is it rude to drown out other parent chatter with a white noise app? The dad who came up with a brilliant scheme to get kids off screens; involving only a piece of folded up paper. There's advice for parents of biters. And, the mum whose quick thinking turned a possible party nightmare around. Nailed it.

Show Notes

Your hosts were Holly Wainwright And Andrew Daddo 

With thanks to Carla Gee

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

Leave us an audio message at 02 8999 9386

This show is produced by Monique Bowley.

Thanks to Huggies Active; feels like a comforting hug.

Birds Nest Parenting is the new trend for fractured families.  

When parents split up, how do you negotiate living arrangements? 50-50, moving house during the week? The week with mum and the weekend with dad? Now there is another option, favoured by Gwyneth Paltrow no less, called bird's nest parenting, that could be the perfect solution. Plus, with Australia calling for marriage equality we speak to gay parent and campaigner Jacqui Tomlins about why we need to stop kids from using the word "gay" as an insult. And what did your parents let you do that these days would be seen as bad parenting? Ahhh...the days of old..when you could smoke at 14 and have eight-year-olds sleep outside in New York City...

Show Notes

Your hosts were Holly Wainwright And Andrew Daddo 

Thanks to campaigner Jacqui Tomlins. Find out more at her blog, here.

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

Leave us an audio message at 02 8999 9386

This show is produced by Monique Bowley and Elissa Ratliff.

And the Facebook page The Motherish is where you can click 'like' and show that you too are a Gloriously Messy parent.

How Young Is Too Young For Cosmetic Surgery?  

Summer Wilson is your average Australian 17-year-old. She’s about to start Year 12, she has a part time job at Woolies, and she likes hanging out with her friends. But unlike most 17-year-olds, she’s already had a cosmetic procedure. Just two months ago, her mum agreed to pay for Summer have lip-filler injections. Andrew and Holly call up Summer and her mum to ask, 'How do you decide to let your daughter change her face?'. Plus, you may not realise it, but you could have a whole lot more in common with Duchess Kate than you thought. Yep, really.

Show Notes

This show is hosted by Holly Wainwright and Andrew Daddo

With thanks to our special guests Lisa and Summer Wilson.


This show was brought to you by Officeworks free School List Service.


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

Leave us an audio message at 02 8999 9386

This show is produced by Monique Bowley and Elissa Ratliff.

And the Facebook page The Motherish is where you can click 'like' and show that you too are a Gloriously Messy parent.

Twinning is Winning  

Seeing double? No wonder. Twins are on the rise in Australia, so what's the appropriate social etiquette? Apparently,  you should never refer to twins as “the twins”. Oops.  Are 12 year olds too young to be dating? A very good reason for politicians, and the rest of us, to stop kissing babies, and how do you get your son banned from a nightclub? One brave Melbourne woman had a decent crack at it.  We salute her.

Show Notes

This show is hosted by Holly Wainwright and Andrew Daddo

With thanks to our special guests Clare and Jessie Stephens.


This show was brought to you by Huggies Nappy Pants.

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

Leave us an audio message at 02 8999 9386

This show is produced by Monique Bowley and Elissa Ratliff.

And the Facebook page The Motherish is where you can click 'like' and show that you too are a Gloriously Messy parent.

Parents Are Idiots. We  Need Lessons  

Should parenting classes be compulsory? We meet Melissa Hood, the woman who’s lobbying the government to make all parents take classes. So we try and see if she will give us one. Plus, is it really THAT easy to write a children's book? According to comedian Andy Lee - it is. And, 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

This show is hosted by Holly Wainwright and Andrew Daddo

With thanks to our special guest Melissa Hood from The Parent Practice


This show was brought to you by Huggies Nappy Pants.

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

Leave us an audio message at 02 8999 9386

This show is produced by Monique Bowley and Elissa Ratliff.

And the Facebook page The Motherish is where you can click 'like' and show that you too are a Gloriously Messy parent.

I Don't Have Time To Hand-Make Presents For Your Baby.  

There's a mother whose Christening gift registry reads 'hand-made only, please'. That's lovely, but, seriously? Plus, what were you doing when you were 13? Probably not writing to celebrities and asking them for life advice. But that’s what Grace Halphen did. And now at 15, she has compiled a book. Which makes the rest of us look Trump-esque. And Holly has a fail that has made her realise that she has been punishing herself and not her children.

Show Notes

This show is hosted by Holly Wainwright and Andrew Daddo

With thanks to our special guest Grace Halphen. Buy her book here.

You can see Beyond Blue's Dadvice, here


This show was brought to you by Bank West

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

Leave us an audio message at 02 8999 9386

This show is produced by Monique Bowley and Elissa Ratliff.

And the facebook page is where you can click 'like' and show that you too are a Gloriously Messy parent.

What happens when you leave your kids for Reality TV?  

Jules Allen left her three kids for five and a half months to compete on Masterchef. When she got home, one was expelled from high school and one had withdrawn completely. She says she didn't think about the damage it would do. But that's often the case with these shows; no one does. 

Plus, are you spending thousands on a baptism? You're not doing it right. Daddo is baffled by the Kyly Clarke's enormous, lavish, social-media pinned event. And in a world of "authentic" social media from celebrities, why don't we ever see the nannies?

Show Notes

This show is hosted by Holly Wainwright and Andrew Daddo

With thanks to our special guest Jules Allen. 


This show was brought to you by Singapore Tourism

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

The phone number is 02 8999 9386

This show is produced by Monique Bowley and Elissa Ratliff.

And the facebook page is where you can click 'like' and show that you too are a Gloriously Messy parent.

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