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

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.

Sexting, Chore Wars and Gender-Neutral Babies.  

Is sexting "the new normal" among tweens? We know it's happening. So what do when you find graphic messages on your child's phone? Parenting columnist Angela Mollard has been there and shares her experience with Holly and Andrew. Plus, the growing trend of raising gender neutral kids; it's not just for hippies. And if you're sick of unstacking the dishwasher yourself, we've got the best ways to psychologically trick your kids into enjoying doing chores around the house. WIN.

Show Notes

This show is hosted by Holly Wainwright and Andrew Daddo

With thanks to our special guest Angela Mollard. Find out more about her here


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.

The midwife who says all your elaborate birth plans are nonsense.  

There's a childcare centre in Canberra that will make you an espresso in the morning, cook you dinner AND feed your kid kale. But is it really a great idea? Plus we speak to a midwife who has delievered 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

This show is hosted by Holly Wainwright and Andrew Daddo

With thanks to our special guest Cath Curtain. Find out details about her book here.


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.

What do you say to someone who's lost a baby?  

Six babies are delivered stillborn every day in Australia. Many thousands of women miscarry. And the loss of every single one of those precious children is a terrible grief. This week is Mamamia’s Pregnancy Loss awareness week. We talk to Rebecca Sparrow about the right things to say to someone who has lost a child, what you can do to assist, and how not to approach the topic.  Plus, you've heard of French Parenting and tiger mums, but the hot new approach is Danish parenting.  What's involved? And what the heck is vaping? We have a handy guide for any parent with a teen who's going up in smoke. 

Show Notes

This show is hosted by Holly Wainwright and Andrew Daddo

With thanks to our special guest Rebecca Sparrow. You can find all the details on how to join the Never Forgotten Facebook group and where to download the eBook at mamamia.com.au/never-forgotten
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.

Let's Talk About (scheduling in) Sex  

Look, we're all busy. So if we schedule in doctors, dentists, meetings and other appointments, should we schedule in sex? We meet the woman who started turning her kids food into an artform, and now it's her career.  Plus, the next time your kid yells out “I’m BORED”, you can feel smug. Because according to author Andy Griffiths, being bored is a good thing. A very good thing. 

Show Notes

This show is hosted by Holly Wainwright and Andrew Daddo

With thanks to our special guest Laleh Mohmedi from Jacob's food diary. Check out her blog here.

This show was brought to you by Invisalign

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.

I Took Nits All The Way To Italy  

Holly's back from her family holiday, except it wasn't just the kids that enjoyed a European summer. Scratch scratch. And these days you can do classes in just about anything; pottery, languages, meditation. What about taming your kid? We meet Rachel Curtis, a mum who decided took a course on how to discipline boys. And how old is too old to have a baby? A 63 year old woman welcomed a new baby this week. Do we have the right to judge?

Show Notes

This show is hosted by Holly Wainwright and Andrew Daddo

This show was brought to you by Invisalign

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.

The One With The School Principal.  

Dr Tim Hawkes is one of Australia’s best known educators. A Headmaster of leading schools for over 20 years, he says there are too many absentee parents and that we are failing our teens.  Also, forget #cleaneating and #organisedmum and #lunchboxgoals, there’s a new parental instagram trend that’s a bit weird. And does your birth order determine your personality? 

Show Notes

This show is hosted by Holly Wainwright and Andrew Daddo

With thanks to Dr Tim Hawkes, find a copy of his latest book here.

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.

The Tree Change Dream  

A tree-change sounds idyllic but is it all it’s cracked up to be? Former Home and Away actress Christie Hayes did it and wants everyone to move to the hills with her. Maternity leave is all well and good - but what about when people start taking pet-ernity leave for their pets? Andrew Daddo's published a new book that has mums knocking down his door.  Plus, that time when your four year old sees dead people.

Show Notes

This show is hosted by Holly Wainwright and Andrew Daddo

With thanks to Christie Hayes.

Daddo's new book is One Step, published by Penguin

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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