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

Yes, Teachers Have Favourites. No, It's Not Your Kid.  

Naughtiest kids are the best to teach. It's true, we heard it straight from the teacher's mouth. This week we get a juicy look inside the staff room; from the truth about NAPLAN to the best end of year present to buy them. And it's not a block of choccy or another coffee mug with 'World's Best Teacher' on it. If you feel like you never spend enough time with your kids, we've got great news. Plus, Andrew has a moral dilemma - can you yell at someone else's kid? And Holly's daughter is ready to rule the world, or at least Australia. Vote Matilda for Prime Minister. 

Show notes

Your hosts are Holly Wainwright and Andrew Daddo

With thanks to Chriss Mogg

To buy any books mentioned on our podcasts, visit 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

The Untimely End of Big Ted.  

Were you were raised on a diet of classic Aussie kids shows like Play School and Blinky Bill? Your kids might not be so lucky. Children's TV could be in its dying days and Big Ted and co are on the chopping block. But you can save it, Jay Laga'aia explains how. Plus, should a 100 kg seven-year-old be allowed to play rugby with his peers? And the parents of kid geniuses need to put a sock in it, because there's no such thing as a gifted child. 

Show notes

Your hosts are Holly Wainwright and Andrew Daddo

With thanks to Jay Laga'aia. If you want to save children's TV, go to https://www.savechildrenscontent.org/takeaction and write a letter to you local member of parliament. 

To buy Wander or any other books mentioned on our podcasts, visit 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

Go On, Just Tell Me My Baby is Ugly.  

If you think you might be blinded by mother's love, we've got a way to trick your friends into telling you if your baby is really as cute as you think it is. And can little boys and girls top-and-tail? What are the rules of the co-ed sleepover? Plus, we get a lesson in how to have 'the talk' with your 12-year-old. Oh, I'm sorry - did I say 12? I meant your eight-year-old! Yes that's right, Amanda Dunn joins us to explain why kids are hitting puberty younger than ever. It's a hairy, scary conversation.

Show notes

Your hosts are Holly Wainwright and Andrew Daddo

With thanks to Amanda Dunn. You can buy The New Puberty here.

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

Please Don't Put Quinoa On The Kids Menu  

Have you ever threatened your kids with the trusty wooden spoon? We’ve got some bad news for smackers. If you love your foie gras and filet mignon, spare a thought for the children at restaurants. Why are all their menu options so crap? Is it time there was Kale for Kids?  There’s a new trend in celebrity baby names that Daddo thinks he started - the gender neutral name. Plus, what age is it okay to pierce your child’s ears? The Young Mummy Sophie Cachia always wanted to get her baby some sparkly diamond earrings...until something changed.

Show notes

Your hosts are Holly Wainwright and Andrew Daddo

With thanks to Sophie Cachia: follow her on Instagram @sophiecachia_

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

Should We Stop Telling Girls They're "Beautiful"?  

When you talk to little girls do you call them 'cute', 'pretty', 'gorgeous' or 'adorable'? It's easy to do, but it can put the emphasis on their looks over other things.  So what can you say instead, to teach young girls they're worth more than their looks?
Y'all listen up! Would you go to a family restaurant where there are yodelling youngsters, babies running wild and bare bums staring you in the face?  Plus, we talk to a nanager. What is a nanager, you ask? Well, it's like Mary Poppins crossed with Alice from the Brady Bunch, and we want one right now! And we have a very tricky listener question about boundaries on social media. 

Shownotes

Your hosts are Holly Wainwright and Andrew Daddo

With thanks to Lauren Brown 

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.

Babies on Board and Breastfeeding in Bed.  

There's a mum who has taken multi-tasking to a whole new level - she has sex while breastfeeding her baby! But is a romp in the hay really the best time to feed your child? If you've ever offered your seat on the train to a round-bellied woman who has crankily responded 'why? I'm not pregnant!' you will see why baby on board badges are the best thing since disposable nappies. And if you thought your wise words were being wasted on your kids who would rather listen to Taylor Swift than another one of your rants about how radio stations never actually play music anymore, think again. Those little ears pick up more than you realise. 

Shownotes

Your hosts are Holly Wainwright and Andrew Daddo

With thanks to Rachel Curtis

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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.

When You're Going Round the Twist.  

What were the three most beautiful things that happened to you today? And what was the stinker? This is the discussion every family should be having around the dinner table if you want to be more like power-couple Susan Carland and Waleed Aly. Plus, there's a new fashion craze inspired by parents and it's blowing mum jeans out of the water. And have you ever... ever felt like this? Andrew shares his career highlight: playing a Scottish ghost on the best Aussie kids show to ever grace our screens - Round the Twist. 

Shownotes

Your hosts are Holly Wainwright and Andrew Daddo

With thanks to Susan Carland 

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.

Bonus: Entertain the kids these school holidays with The Beanies.  

It's day two of having your angels at home... Have they driven you crazy yet? If you need something to keep the little ones busy, we've got the perfect podcast. Hand over the phone, this is a kids only zone!

Do you love splish-sploshing in rain? Us too! But what is rain? How is it made? How does is slide down the window? And what if the rain turned into Jelly Beans? There's only one person who can answer of course, Professor Know-It-All.

The Beanies are: Laura Dawson, Michael Yore, and Miriam Rizvi 

The Beanies are available for live performances across NSW. Go to thebeaniesaus.com for details and follow The Beanies on social media @TheBeaniesAus

*Music and lyrics written by The Beanies in collaboration with James Court.

You can buy books from any of our podcast guests at our iBooks store at apple.co/mamamia. And while you are there, please subscribe to the show, and leave a rating and a five-star review!

This show was produced by Kelly Glover for the Mamamia Podcast Network.
EP of podcasts at Mamamia is Monique Bowley

Head of Entertainment is Holly Wainwright

Screw the Minions. Let's Take the Kids to Watch Saw.  

Can you take your kids to see Wonder Woman these school holidays? We ask that movie guy Marc Fennell how you can pick a kid-safe movie that won't have you sticking popcorn in your eyes. In news that will have parents everywhere popping the champers, experts say kids only need a bath once a week. Just give them a Pommie Wash and send them off to play in the mud. Plus, Larissa Waters' magnificent breastfeeding moment in Parliament stopped us in our tracks, but your stories were EVEN BETTER. This is why we love you, you'll share all your puke filled parenting moments. The messier, the better. 

Shownotes

Your hosts are Holly Wainwright and Andrew Daddo

With thanks to Marc Fennell 

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 episode was brought to you by KFC's sweet potato mash. Mmmm. 

This show was produced by Rachel Wagner.

EP of Podcasts at Mamamia is Monique Bowley.

And head of Entertainment is Holly Wainwright

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

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