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

When Your Two-Year Old Catches Snakes  

Snakes alive! Is there anything scarier than a 6-foot python? Yep, it's watching a two-year-old grab it by the tail. Eeek. We chat to the dad of Australia's youngest snake catcher about the fearless toddler's unlikely job. Plus, one mum thinks the perfect 13th birthday present is... condoms! What happens when you refuse an offer to be a Godfather? (The non-Mafia kind that is.) You might not find a severed horse head in your bed, but it could spell the end of a friendship. And do your kids know where Devon comes from? Actually come to think of it, we don't even know. It's a mystery...

Shownotes

Your hosts are Holly Wainwright and Andrew Daddo

With thanks to Tony Harrison 

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

If you're not a subscriber yet, why not? Do it now. We'll wait...

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

If you're a gloriously messy parent, leave us an audio message at 02 8999 9386 and say hello. 

Or email tgm@mamamia.com.au

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

Welcome to Baby Shamers Anonymous.  

Is there any shame in baby shaming? These days, picking on your tiny baby for their massive farts could earn you a 'bad parent' badge. You're walking down the street and you hear, 'Mummy, that lady only has one arm!' GASP. If this was your kid would you a) shush them, b) apologise, or c) run away? Paralympian Jessica Smith shares the right way to talk to your kids about disability. And how do you raise a feminist son? For starters, ditch 'boys don't cry' and 'run like a girl' from your vocab, pronto. Plus, Billy's birthday saga continues. They had the party, but someone invited the present police.

Shownotes

Your hosts are Holly Wainwright and Andrew Daddo

With thanks to Jessica Smith 

You can buy any books 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 think of the show.

If you're a gloriously messy parent, leave us an audio message at 02 8999 9386 and say hello. 

Or email tgm@mamamia.com.au

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

Salty Kids, Fierce Teens and Awesome Women  

Want to turn your salty kid into a fierce teen? Give them a potato. It's the reddit parenting hack we're loving this week. Keen to make your fierce teen into an awesome women? You need Madonna King's advice. After interviewing 200 teen girls, she knows her way around a chat about selfies. And while we're on girls, a listener has a great idea to beat the gender gap system early. Plus, did you know little kids don't aspire to be astronauts or ballerinas anymore? We found out the top dream job of kids today is..... 

Shownotes

Your hosts today were Holly Wainwright and Andrew Daddo

With thanks to Madonna King

You can buy Madonna King's book Being 14 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 think of the show.

Want to say g'day? Email tgm@mamamia.com.au

Or 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

French Kids Don’t Oui on the Floor.  

Bonjour et bienvenue dans ce glorieux désordre! For those of you who failed French, that means hello and welcome to This Glorious Mess! We haven’t gone mad, but we may have eaten a few too many macaroons, because today’s guest is French OBSESSED. So much so, her kids are only allowed to watch TV in French. Are you smarter than a fifth grader? If we had to go back to school there is no way we could pass Naplan. Plus, schools in Canberra are considering swapping choccy milk and snag rolls for smashed avo. Do school canteens need to step it up a notch or are lattes best left in hipster cafes? And it’s T minus 24 hours until Billy’s birthday party and Holly has threatened to cancel the whole shebang. What should she do?

Shownotes

Your hosts today were Holly Wainwright and Andrew Daddo

With thanks to Emily Lawrence Gazal. Live out your own French fastasy by following her on Instagram @frenchobsessed

You can buy Andrew Daddo's children's 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 think of the show.

Want to chat about orthodontics or something else that tickles your fancy?Email tgm@mamamia.com.au

Or 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

It's All Fun And Games Until Kids Get Plastic Surgery  

Remember the innocent days of Tetris? Now there's a new craze of smartphone games, and they're all about fitting a different type of shape: plastic surgery.  Should we be worried about the kids playing 'Dr Botox?'. Plus, could toddlers have a sixth sense? Yep, there are kids who sense mum's pregnancy before she even knows herself. Spooky. And the Manchester attacks have left us all reeling, so how do you talk to your kids and their friends about terrorism? 

Show notes

Your hosts today 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 think of the show.

This podcast was brought to you by Parent Works.

Or 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

Please Don't Name Your Baby 'Jakxxson'  

Or Chontelle. Or Kylee. Or Mercedes. Because we're not definitely judging, but our expert says bogan names could ruin your child's future. And she should know, she wrote the book on it. Andrew is just about tearing his hair out with stress, how are you feeling this week? We investigate all the reasons parents are burning out. Plus, should school lunch times move? And we've got a killer last minute birthday party idea. 

Show notes

Your hosts today were Holly Wainwright and Andrew Daddo

With thanks to Sabrina Rogers-Anderson, author of The Little Book of Bogan Baby Names.

You can buy Andrew Daddo's children's 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 think of the show.

Need a place to vent? Email tgm@mamamia.com.au

Or 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

My Perfect Mother’s Day is One Without My Darling Children.  

But if you have any better ideas, PLEASE let us know. Andrew's daughter Annouk is in the studio this week to share what Mother's Day in the Daddo house looks like. Is it all soggy toast, cold coffee and crumbs in the bed? Tom Hawkins' partner posted a baby picture that made us all go 'aww' until we noticed a bit of a problem that you might have missed, but country parents will pick straight away. Is little Arabella a 'real country girl'? You be the judge. If you need a little joy in your day, these parents came up with the sweetest way to memorialise their kids' dying grandfather. We love their style. Plus, is it a nail or a fail if your kid doesn't know that B is for Bugger? 

Shownotes

Your hosts today were Holly Wainwright and Andrew Daddo

With thanks to the lovely Annouk Daddo

Your homework this Mother's Day is to tell another mum what a great job they're doing. And yes, that mum can be Holly. 

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 think of the show.

Want to send us a love letter? Email tgm@mamamia.com.au

Or 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

 

Little Girls Want to Wear Dinosaur Knickers Too.  

Just when we thought we'd heard every way our teenage girls are doomed, along comes Dannielle Miller to tell us that it's going to be okay. You'll want to kiss her when you hear it's not all sexting and slut shaming. Have you ever noticed all the shops want you to dress your little princess in a neon pink sign to indicate she's a she and she's pretty like mummy? Ugh. Where are all the kick arse clothes for chicks? And if you're about to embark on the perilous journey of teaching your rev-head offspring to drive, Andrew has a cautionary tale about what not to do. Buckle up, parenting is a bumpy ride. 

Shownotes

Your hosts today were Holly Wainwright and Andrew Daddo

With thanks to Dannielle Miller, CEO of Enlighten Education

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 think of the show.

Want to send us a love letter? Email tgm@mamamia.com.au

Or 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

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.

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