This Glorious Mess

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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 mot… read more

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It’s True, Parenting Is Bad For Your Face

August 23rd, 2019


Andrew Daddo is on book week duties this week so filling in is our Executive Editor, resident beauty guru and new mum Leigh Campbell.  And she's got …

The One Simple Rule For Your Kid's First Phone

August 16th, 2019


Answer the thing! Every teen parent gets frustrated when their kid doesn't hold up their side of the bargain. But what if there was an App for that?

Introducing The Spill...

August 14th, 2019


Messers, we are popping into your ears to tell you about our brand new podcast. 

It’s called The Spill. And it’s our daily snackable afternoon …

You Will (Probably) Survive Parenthood

August 9th, 2019


Former political journo and mum-of-two (soon to be three), Lauren Dubois sits down with Holly to chat about her all too-real parenting survival …

BONUS: That Time Holly Took Matilda To Uganda

August 4th, 2019


Why did host Holly Wainwright take her 9yo to school in East Africa? Well, she was hoping that maybe they'd both come back a little more #grateful …

What To Expect When You're Expecting... Your Period

August 2nd, 2019


Information for girls about their periods hasn't changed that much since it was your turn, which is why Yumi Stynes and veteran Dolly Doctor Melissa …

Mum! Why Can't I Have Instagram?

July 26th, 2019


If your kid is nagging you to let them have Instagram, Bec Sparrow - the host of our teen podcast Ask Me Anything - has the three questions they need to answer before they get it. And, spoiler alert, they're not easy.

Time To Make Friends With Mum Guilt

July 19th, 2019


Mum guilt just means you care, according to the Modern Mumma Mel Watts, and she thinks it's time we make friends with it. She chats to Holly ahead of …

BONUS: Leigh Campbell's Birth Story

July 14th, 2019


Whenever a mother gives birth, the first thing people usually ask is 'how was the birth?' 

Well one of Mamamia's own, Leigh Campbell, gave birth to her first born son, Alexander, only 2 weeks ago. She wanted to share her …

A $90,000 Trip To The Museum

July 12th, 2019


We all know kids can be clumsy but what happens when your kid gets a little unsteady at a museum surrounded by expensive artefacts? Well, that's exactly what happened to a mum in Switzerland, and it cost her 90 grand!

Sibling Parties Are The New Baby Showers

July 5th, 2019


Sibling parties are apparently the newest way to welcome a new baby, but only if it's not your first born. Parents are now starting to throw parties for their children to celebrate them becoming a big brother or sister.

My Daughter's Just Not That Into Sport

June 28th, 2019


Our Australian sportswomen are having a long-overdue moment in the sun, so why do so many girls give up sport at exactly the same age?

Also, how does the Prime Minister of a small nation have time to make a cake in the …

Cheaper By The Sixteenth Child

June 21st, 2019


If you thought your nightly routine with your children was hard, imagine doing it with 16 kids under the one roof.

Holly chats to mother of 16, Jeni …

Excuse Me Jake's Mum, You Can't Just Leave Him Here!

June 14th, 2019


When your kids are primary school aged there seems to be a MILLION birthday parties you have to take them to, and sometimes you might just have too …

A Dummy Is The First Taste Of Heroin

June 7th, 2019


Most parents will have gone through the drama of taking the dummy away from their child. Maybe with the dummy fairy? Or giving it to Santa? But it turns out parents are starting to get creative when it comes to getting …

Mum! Climate Change Is Real

May 31st, 2019


Do you wish you could get your kids interested in politics? Well, careful what you wish for because on today's show Holly and Andrew have a dilemma …

The One Where Megan Gale Replaces Daddo

May 24th, 2019


What do you get when you replace Andrew Daddo with Megan Gale? The latest episode of This Glorious Mess, that's what!

On the show today Megan Gale …

You Made A Shopping List From My Feelings!

May 17th, 2019


In this episode, Andrew and Holly speak to Sarah, a woman who got in touch with us to spread a positive message about being a single parent. Sarah …

No, NAPLAN Results Won't Ruin Your Child's Life

May 9th, 2019


NAPLAN is upon us, which means plenty of kids, parents, and teachers will be feeling the pressure. So is all the stress around this test worth it? …

Mum! My Homework's Going To Cost $1500

May 2nd, 2019


How would you react to a Mac Book Air appearing on your Primary school kid's 'supplies' list?

And what would you do if someone you hardly know sent …

Drama At Build-A-Bear

April 25th, 2019


A Build-A-Bear kids party gone wrong sent a mum straight to Reddit to unleash her frustration. Naturally, her post went viral and Holly and Andrew …

Bunny Footprints, Half Eaten Carrots And A Traumatised Child

April 18th, 2019


What happens when a magical Easter moment goes wrong? The Quicky host Claire Murphy shares her 'Easter Bunny' experience with Holly and Andrew, which …

Tantrums Make Your Kids More Successful

April 12th, 2019


Concerned about how many tantrums your kid chucks? Don't be, because it turns out tantrum throwing is one of the great keys to success. But let's not …

Help! Grandma's Giving The Toddler A Coke

April 4th, 2019


What do you do if your mother-in-law's a great babysitter, but she's waaaaay too generous with the junk food?

Also, how does a boy know he's a man? Andrew has a killer quote that will hit you in all the feelings.

Plus, …

TRAVEL BONUS: The Parents That Moved Their Family To Mexico

March 30th, 2019


Almost every parent has dreamed of packing up their family and moving overseas but there's a big difference between dreaming about it and doing it …

Explaining Terrorism To Toddlers

March 29th, 2019


We all want to protect our kids but is shielding them from bad news the best way to go about it?
The recent events in Christchurch have presented parents with an interesting do you talk to your kids about …

TRAVEL BONUS: The Best Destinations For Families

March 23rd, 2019


Planning your family holiday can take forever. So Holly and Andrew speak to Personal Travel Manager Carli Hester, to find out the best places to take …

Snapchat Is Not For Nudes

March 21st, 2019


Sending nudes has been in the news lately after allegations surfaced that NRL players were sharing sexual videos on Whatsapp. Andrew and Holly …

TRAVEL BONUS: Are Big Family Holidays Wasted On Young Kids?

March 16th, 2019


If you've taken your kids on an overseas trip you'll know it can be a stressful experience. So, is it really worth it? Andrew and Holly chat whether …

Working Mums Are Making Kids Obese... Apparently

March 15th, 2019


According to a UK study, working Mums are the reason kids are obese. Holly and Andrew chat to dietician Susie Burrell to find out if there's any …

TRAVEL BONUS: Twin-Toddlers? 30 Flights? No Problem

March 9th, 2019


Imagine being under the age of 5 and you've already been on more than 30 flights.

Sean and Josh Szeps are frequent flyers and so are their kids and they're not even two yet. So how do they manage to keep two babies …

You Get Your Ears Pierced When You Get Your Period

March 7th, 2019


Should first periods be celebrated? That's one of the many questions Holly Wainwright and Andrew Daddo are answering (or trying to answer) this week …

TRAVEL BONUS: The Woman Who Gave Birth In A Hotel Room

March 2nd, 2019


Travelling with kids at any age can be tough but how is it different once puberty has hit?

Teenagers can be moody, they crave independence and they’d usually rather spend time with their friends than their mum and dad. …

White Noise Is A Gateway Drug

March 1st, 2019


It's Friday which means it's time for our family life show This Glorious Mess.

Andrew Daddo is back from Antartica and he's making claims that white noise is a gateway drug for babies. He also had a dilemma with a neck …

TRAVEL BONUS: A Comedian Walks Onto A Long-haul Flight

February 23rd, 2019


Are you planning a family holiday? Or maybe you're worried about taking your kids on a plane for the first time? Well, Andrew and Holly are here to …

Only Boring People Are Bored

February 21st, 2019


'Mum, Dad, I'm Bored'! A phrase that every parent has heard at some point, but now researchers are saying that boredom is actually a good things for …

When A Friend Tells You You're 'Obsessed' With Your Child

February 14th, 2019


How can an innocent sandwich bring a solid relationship undone? What do you do if you think your kid is being turned into a sexist by his school …

Why Is Nana Photoshopping My Baby?

February 7th, 2019


You knew it: Getting the kids to go to bed early is not only good for them, it's good for YOUR sanity. And scientists agree.

Plus Anne Hathaway has given up drinking for 18 years while her son is still under her roof. …

Want To Not Hate Each Other After Kids? There's A Trick To It

February 1st, 2019


Let's be honest. Your relationship changes when you have kids. But can the rules of one famous Aussie singer limit the collateral damage? Andrew …

The Woman Who Toilet Trained Her Newborn

January 25th, 2019


Toilet training is something every parent has to go through, but there may be a better way to do it.   It's called elimination communication and it's what Cindy Lever used to get her newborn to go without nappies. 

The Nail and Fail Special

January 19th, 2019


On This Glorious Mess we have a segment called Nailed and Failed, where Holly and Andrew look back at their week in parenting and pick a 'nail' or …

Yelling Is The New Spanking

January 17th, 2019


The mental load is something parents everywhere have to deal with. From worrying about whether you put the right cheese on the kids pizza so little Johnny will actually eat something to making sure your partner makes …

The Listener Dilemma Special #2

January 12th, 2019


On this bonus episode of the podcast, Andrew and Holly continue sorting through the the pile of leftover listener dilemmas they could never get to …

Best Of 2018 #2

January 10th, 2019


With 2018 done and dusted Andrew and Holly take a look back at the funniest, messiest and most important things that happened on This Glorious Mess …

The Listener Dilemma Special #1

January 5th, 2019


On this bonus episode of the podcast, Andrew and Holly begin to tackle the pile of leftover listener dilemmas they never got around to addressing on …

Best of 2018 #1

January 3rd, 2019


This episode discusses suicide. If you would rather not listen, we give you ample warning in the audio when we reach that segment so feel free to …

Home Brand Tea Bags Spell Divorce

December 21st, 2018


There comes a point in most relationships when your partner's breathing is enough to send you into an internal rage. And when that rage bubbles to the surface you do your best not to fight in front of the kids, but …

No Fish Funerals At Schoolies

December 13th, 2018


Moolies are the new Toolies. Mums are following their teens to Bali and beyond during post-school celebrations in a bid to shelter them from harm and …

Here, Have An Unsolicited Pet

December 6th, 2018


We help source some advice for a mum who wants to raise her daughter to be body positive, but is also concerned about her weight.

Plus, a listener is put in the awkward position of wondering what to do when someone buys …

Only Daddies Use The Iron

November 30th, 2018


What's the best way to co-parent after a divorce? Tracey Duff is co-parenting her son with her ex-husband's new wife, and they've written a book together. Tracey and Dani share the learnings from a decade spent putting …

Sleeping Over At Fight Club

November 22nd, 2018


Should you ever fight your son? We speak with a single mum who's using this tactic to deal with her tween pulling away.

Plus, a concerned listener …

The Kids Are Walking Out

November 15th, 2018


We speak to the 15-year-old girl organising a school walk out for climate change. 

Plus, a listener dilemma from a babysitter who's discovered one of …

Mummy, What's A Racist?

November 8th, 2018


Author Madonna King gets real about the best way for fathers to bond with their daughters, and how to navigate the tricky teen years. 

Plus, a listener dilemma from a mum who's concerned she may be a beneficiary of …

Friendships Aren't Forever

November 1st, 2018


We tackle a listener dilemma from a mum who doesn't know what to do about her daughter being bullied by a 'friend'.

Plus, if you're wondering how to …

A Good Mum Paints Her Son's Nails

October 25th, 2018


Should you paint your son’s nails if he asks you to? Is it really such a big deal, and what's the best move if the people around you don't approve.

Daddy's Unemployed And Mum's In The Caravan Park

October 18th, 2018


Holly's little boy has been in a punch up, and she needs consolation he's not going to grow up to be a hooligan.

And we speak to Meshel Laurie about …

Spend Your Own Damn Cash

October 11th, 2018


When should your tween transition from spending your money to spending their own? And what are the ten things your offspring absolutely must do …

I Just Have A Big Baby

October 4th, 2018


We tackle an adults only listener dilemma from a mum who finds the further she gets into her pregnancy, the less keen her partner is to have special …

Ding Dong, The Pop-In's Dead

September 27th, 2018


How do you raise a child who’s comfortable with their body? We speak to author Sonya Lock, who’s written a book about body confidence aimed at 5-8 …

Once A Fortnite

September 20th, 2018


Fortnite is the online, free-to-play, shooter-survival game kids can't get enough of right now.

We speak with a young gamer, the mother of an …

Second Born Children Eat The Lead Paint

September 13th, 2018


We tackle a dilemma from a listener whose mother-in-law doesn't seem to be bothered about getting her baby sick. And how does a public school maths …

Who Needs Grandma When There's Google

September 6th, 2018


We all know everyday tasks take longer once we’ve had kids, but how much longer exactly?

Plus, there's a 3.85 metre-wide bed for co-sleeping families and Andrew's excited.

And former editor of Good Weekend Amelia Lester …

‘Is Hell Real?’ And Other Unanswerable Questions

August 31st, 2018



How does your role as a parent change once you effectively have a third adult living under your roof? …

When Your Mother-In-Law Wants To Borrow Your Baby

August 24th, 2018



Once your kids have outgrown their high chairs and car seats, what can you do aside from selling them for a pittance on Gumtree, or leaving them out on the street for the …

Triggered At Book Week

August 17th, 2018


As Book Week begins, we tackle a dilemma from a listener who thinks her daughter's costume might be cultural appropriation.

Plus, Australia's …

Out Of The Tractor, Off To School

August 10th, 2018


What did your 10-year-old do before school this morning? For Trish Scott's daughters, the day starts at 4am and driving a ute through the pre-dawn, …

Bad Smells From The Back Seat

August 3rd, 2018


There's a new nappy-related product that new parents need to get their hands on (literally) at once.

Plus, is it alright to ramp up the prices of …

There's Charred Kale In The Party Bag

July 26th, 2018


A popular birthday party venue has gone sugar-free with their party packages. Is it better that our kids are running around without such a sugar …

We Really Need Some Boundaries

July 20th, 2018


You'd be hard-pressed to find a kid not glued to a device at the moment. So we speak to a psychologist about how to negotiate it out of their sticky …

What's Gran Doing In The Delivery Room?

July 13th, 2018


A website released the Top 20 phrases that annoy Dads so Holly puts a few to the test on Andrew.

Plus, we're speaking to former psychologist Steve …

Get Your Paws Off My Belly

July 5th, 2018


One of our listeners is pregnant and concerned about a mother-in-law who has very little respect for personal space. So naturally Andrew and Holly …

Shazam The Baby

June 29th, 2018


We take a peek behind the closed doors of a 'dads only' playgroup with founder, Leigh Whitten.

Plus, there's a new app taking the guesswork out of what it is our babies really want when they're wailing. We give it a …

One In Business Class, All In Business Class

June 22nd, 2018


If you've saved up for a flight up the pointy end of the plane, chances are you don't have the cash to splash on a First Class seat for your …

Phones Down Kids, We're Going To A Music Festival

June 15th, 2018


If your kids are running wild at the minute and you need them out of the house, we've got just the fix: an under 12's music festival.

Plus, are pram …

There's A Man-Child In The Basement

June 7th, 2018


It might seem far, far away, but don't pretend you haven't thought about it when they're driving you nuts... what age should your beloved baby be …

My Kid Pushed Yours And Now I'm In Prison

June 1st, 2018


A new law threatening jail time has us debating whether or not parents should be locked up for their kids' bad behaviour.

Plus, we speak to an expert …

'Birth Feels Great' And Other Lies

May 24th, 2018


What if birth wasn't painful but actually intensely pleasurable? We're speaking to a woman who specialises in orgasmic birthing... but is it too good …

My Nappy, My Choice

May 18th, 2018


A parenting expert's caused a fuss by saying we should be asking our babies for consent before changing their nappies. Some parents are angry, but …

Just Make A Thank You Video And Go To Bed

May 10th, 2018


We're calling on TV presenter and pregnancy guru Rebecca Judd to help tackle a tricky question from a listener who isn’t a parent at all.

Plus the …

You've Never Heard A Birth Story Like This

May 4th, 2018


You might’ve heard this week about the woman who delivered her own baby in a hotel room with nothing but YouTube videos. We get the low-down on what it was like first-hand.

And teaching your kids about sex is a …

Scummy Mummies And Scabby Daddies

April 27th, 2018


This is no place for perfect parents. With that in mind we welcome Helen Thorn to the show, to tell us about why she's owning the term 'Scummy Mummy' (and also about the time her toddler did a warm wee in her bag).

Forgetful Parents, Unite!

April 20th, 2018


Shout-out to the parents who are running late whilst listening to this show, because no one told us that as a parent, you'd have to be organised. And …

You Can't Dodge Highway Births

April 12th, 2018


There's no clocking off when you've got two kids and a dog to take care of. Parents are working almost double the hours of full-time employees, with …

It's My Child And I'll Yell If I Want To

April 6th, 2018


The leaves are finally settling after the Australian cricket team was busted ball-tampering. We speak to a 9-year-old about the impact it's had on …

If You Bribe Your Kids, Don't Be Stingy

March 30th, 2018


The internet is melting down over a psychologist named Jordan Peterson, who seems to think we have until the age of 4 to shape our kids into likeable …

How To Brew A Millionaire Baby

March 23rd, 2018


A man called Steven's concocted a recipe for how to make sure your kid grows up into a millionaire and we're leaning in hard. Plus, in the wake of a …

You Can't Buy Love With A Pricey Cot

March 15th, 2018


There comes a time in every child's life when they wander into a plastic surgeon and ask for their ears to be pinned back. Right? Plus, Andrew Daddo opts for a pre-loved cane cot over the $1500 contraption celebs are …

Stop, Rewind

March 10th, 2018


It's our 150th episode, Messers. So we thought we'd drop our FIRST EVER show into your feeds for some cringeworthy listening goodness. Thank you for all your undying support through these past three years. We're all …

Grandma's Overfeeding The Kids

March 8th, 2018


After 3-year-old Alby Fox Davis tragically died after choking on a bouncy ball, we decide it's time to speak to an expert about exactly what you …

Got Young Daughters? Ask Me Anything Is The Perfect Show For You...

March 6th, 2018


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We've got a new show launching on the 8th of March. Ask Me Anything is the short, sharp, car-trip podcast giving …

Does The Nanny Know Her Instagram Filters?

March 1st, 2018


Ever heard of Fakebooking? All the cool parents are doing it. Mums and dads the world over are hiding their cleaners and nannies from social media in …

Hand in Your Busy Badge

February 22nd, 2018


Do you tell everyone in earshot how busy you are every chance you get? Well it's time to hand in your busy badge - Meshel Laurie joins us for a …

Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees, It Comes From ATMs

February 15th, 2018


What was the book that changed your life? Chances are, it was a kids' book. The legend of children's literature Morris Gleitzman joins us to tell us why kids' stories are so important... even when they're called …

The Nailed and Failed of Parenting: Part 2

February 10th, 2018


Andrew is rubbing his hands together with glee because he finally gets to help Holly judge all you Messers! Just kidding... sort of. 

It's another …

How to Raise an Achtung Baby

February 8th, 2018


Achtung, tiger parents! If you’ve been coddling your kids, a visit to Germany might set you straight. We speak to Sara Zaske who says German parents raise the most self-reliant kids.

Plus, why are kindergarten kids …

BONUS: The Nailed and Failed of Parenting

February 3rd, 2018


Has your son started a racketeering business with his pocket money? It might not win you parent of the year, but it will land you on This Glorious …

Bribe Your Way to a Better Morning Routine

February 1st, 2018


The school holidays are officially over and we’re trading in our beach towels for tea towels. If you need a kick up the butt this year, we’re …

The Carnivore’s Guide to Raising a Vegan

January 25th, 2018


Are you a meat-and-three-veg kind of family? Is your idea of a vegetarian meal a Vegemite sandwich? Brace yourselves - we’re talking about how to handle the news that your teen wants to turn veggie or (just breathe!) …

Let’s Be Alert, Not Alarmed

January 18th, 2018


We need to talk about teen suicide. In the wake of 14-year-old Dolly’s death, Headspace’s Vikki Ryall shares some advice for how you can start the …

BEST OF TGM: The Bogan Baby Name Test

January 11th, 2018


In case you missed it, naming your child Chardonnay or Jarren will practically guarantee they never become a doctor or Prime Minister. Heed Sabrina Rogers-Anderson's sage advice, she literally wrote the book on bogan …

BEST OF TGM: It's Totally Fine to Ditch Bath Time

January 4th, 2018


Have you tried everything short of waterboarding to get your kids to talk to you? Susan Carland and Waleed Aly play a brilliant game around their …

BEST OF TGM: The Neo-Peasants Gave Up Toilet Paper

December 28th, 2017


While you've all been lazing about on the beach and indulging in leftovers, we've been hard at work putting together a round up of the best bits of

This Christmas, Shower Your Kids With Monkeys

December 21st, 2017


Go on, they deserve it after a year of mediocrity. Chris Brown bought his daughter a monkey and it had us wondering - if you had all the money in the …

What’s Under Santa’s Beard

December 14th, 2017


This week we speak to the big bloke himself and he’s got lots of tricks up his big red sleeve.  Santa Colin shares how he keeps his cool under that …

Ho Ho Ho it's the Super Merry Festive Yuletide Christmas Special

December 9th, 2017


Is your tree up yet? Are your stockings hung by the chimney with care? Do you even HAVE a chimney? Whether you're a Christmas fiend or a bit of a …

Paper G-Strings, Mouth Breathers and a Tree Change

December 7th, 2017


Paper g-strings? It could only mean one thing - the horror of stripping down for a spray tan.  But would you let your daughter get one? And at what …

2017 in Review

December 2nd, 2017


If you didn't have to Google how to clean homemade slime off your walls this year, can you even call yourself a parent?

We're debriefing on all the big parenting moments of the past 12 months. From Jennifer Garner's …

'Tis the Season to be Stingy

November 30th, 2017


Want to know how to throw a tasty Christmas dinner for just $50? Of course you do, there's a pav involved. Today's guest is the frugal mum of our …

Why is a Naked Lady Wrestling Santa?

November 23rd, 2017


This week on This Glorious Mess, we’re going Commando. Now get your minds out of the gutter people, we’re talking about Steve Willis, the hardcore trainer from the Biggest Loser. Steve shares his tips for getting your …

Just Let Your Kid be a Dinosaur at the Dentist

November 18th, 2017


We don't mean to alarm you but it's only five weeks to Christmas. If the thought of the looming festive season has you frazzled, we have three bonus episodes of This Glorious Mess dropping over the next month to save …

Don’t Forget to Water Your Kid

November 17th, 2017


Whether they're 14 or four-months-old, the most important thing you can do this summer is teach your kids to swim (it's great!) The Kids Alive, Do …

Don't Tell Mum the Babysitter's Asleep

November 9th, 2017


Year Six formals are now a thing and they're not just a bottle of fizzy drink and a So Fresh CD in the school hall. All the 12-year-olds are …

How To Toughen Up Your Toddler

November 2nd, 2017


Imagine spending some of the earliest days of your life with the Aussie outback as your playground, dodging snakes and dingoes. "The Jonesys" - adventurous Sydney couple Lauren and Justin - took little their daughter …

Halloween Just Got a Whole Lot Scarier

October 26th, 2017


Kids have two costume options this Halloween: Pennywise, the dream haunting clown from 'It'. And Sexy Pennywise. We discuss all the horrifying costumes your kids will be begging you to buy for them this Halloween, and …

Dads vs. The Internet

October 19th, 2017


It seems the world's gone mad over a dirty nappy with everyone talking about the dad who got got labelled a 'sicko' for going into a family change room.  So, what rights do baby daddies have?

Plus, we’ve heard of mummy …

What Really Goes On at Schoolies

October 12th, 2017


It's nearing that time of year again when our teenagers set fire to their school books and hightail it to the beach for a week of sex, drugs and …

When Your Three Year Old Goes on a Boys' Trip

October 6th, 2017


We’re a little bit miffed that a toddler has a better social life than us, but the show must go on.

Meanwhile, the kid economy is absolutely thriving …

Happy Birthday Son, I Bought You a Stripper

September 28th, 2017


There's nothing like a bit of T&A wrapped up in a bow to tell your teenager you love him, right? Well hiring an exotic dancer is the latest trend in 18th birthday parties and Andrew Daddo has some pretty strong …

Call Me Daddy

September 21st, 2017


Donald Trump says he likes it when Ivanka calls him 'daddy'.  Does that sound a little bit icky to you, or are we reading too much into it?

Andrew Daddo is feeling nostalgic because his little boy is graduating!  So how …

Tell Your Daughter She Plays Like a Girl

September 14th, 2017


Then tell her to wear it as a badge of honour. Radio host Jo Stanley is spreading this message through her new book series about footy, and it's kick …

Family Dinner Problems: 101 Ways With Half-Thawed Mince

September 7th, 2017


Give a mum a fish and she won't have to feed her family takeaway tonight. Teach a mum to fish, and you'll be eating fish fingers every night for the next year. Sounds like your house? Then like novelist Meg Mason, you …

Oops. I Raised a Boofhead

August 31st, 2017


Has your little boy turned from a sweet child into a boisterous teenager suffering from 'affluenza'? Michael Carr-Gregg can tell you how to reverse the Prince Boofhead syndrome. Step into the confession booth, we're …

The Lazy Parent's Guide to Book Week

August 24th, 2017


Book Week has arrived, and we're guessing half of the parents out there are fighting to the death to create the most elaborate Possum Magic costume, while the other half whack a book in their kids hand and call her …

The Untimely End of Big Ted

August 10th, 2017


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 …

Go On, Just Tell Me My Baby is Ugly

August 3rd, 2017


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 …

Please Don't Put Quinoa On The Kids' Menu

July 27th, 2017


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 …

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

July 20th, 2017


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 …

Babies on Board and Breastfeeding in Bed

July 13th, 2017


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 …

When You're Going Round the Twist

July 6th, 2017


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 …

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

June 29th, 2017


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 …

When Your Two-Year Old Catches Snakes

June 22nd, 2017


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 …

Welcome to Baby Shamers Anonymous

June 15th, 2017


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 …

Salty Kids, Fierce Teens and Awesome Women

June 8th, 2017


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 …

French Kids Don’t Oui on the Floor

June 2nd, 2017


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 …

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

May 26th, 2017


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 …

Please Don't Name Your Baby 'Jakxxson'

May 18th, 2017


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 …

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

May 11th, 2017


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 …

Little Girls Want to Wear Dinosaur Knickers Too

May 4th, 2017


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. …

Prank your Kids. Get YouTube Famous. Profit

April 26th, 2017


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 …

Even the Babies Are Sugar-Free Now

April 20th, 2017


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 …

Is it Really Easter if the Bunny Brings Carrots?

April 13th, 2017


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 …

Bribery Is Dead. Said No Parent Ever

April 7th, 2017


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 …

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

March 30th, 2017


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 …

You Can Run. But You Can't Hide

March 23rd, 2017


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 …

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

March 16th, 2017


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 …

The Pregasaurus Is The New Bridezilla

March 9th, 2017


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 …

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

March 2nd, 2017


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 …

Getting Off The Grid: Meet the Neo-Peasant Parents

February 23rd, 2017


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 …

Keep Your Filthy Smoker Hands Off My Baby

February 16th, 2017


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 …

The Terrifying Text Slang of Teens

February 9th, 2017


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 …

Over-Parenting, Lunchbox Politics and Fish Funerals.

February 3rd, 2017


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 …

Best of: I Took Nits All The Way To Italy

January 26th, 2017


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. 

Best of: I Fed a Sugar Free Child all the Chocolate in the World

January 19th, 2017


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. 

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January 16th, 2017


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Best of: The Woman Who Gave Birth in Peak Hour Traffic

January 13th, 2017


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 …

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

January 5th, 2017


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 …

The Road Trip Special

December 29th, 2016


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 …

The Brutal 2016 Report Card

December 22nd, 2016


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 …

The Kids' Party For all the Uninvited Kids

December 16th, 2016


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 …

What's That Sound? A Million Bottles Being Fipped

December 8th, 2016


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 …

Crossfit For Kids is on the Naughty List

December 2nd, 2016


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 …

Teaching Your Kids the Value of a Buck

November 25th, 2016


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 …

When You Decide to Move the Kids to Bali

November 18th, 2016


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 …

The Birth Guru Who Says Labour Doesn't Have to Hurt

November 11th, 2016


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 …

My 6-Year-Old Is Not Getting A Manicure

November 3rd, 2016


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 …

The Mum Who Says Boo To Halloween Treats.

October 27th, 2016


What's scarier? Halloween or the looming childhood obesity crisis? While all the darling kiddies are running around from house to house gathering …

Parenting is an Introvert's Worst Nightmare

October 21st, 2016


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 …

Birds Nest Parenting is the new trend for fractured families.

October 13th, 2016


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 …

How Young Is Too Young For Cosmetic Surgery?

October 6th, 2016


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 …

Twinning is Winning

September 29th, 2016


Seeing double? No wonder. Twins are on the rise in Australia, so what's the appropriate social etiquette? Apparently,  you should never refer to …

Parents Are Idiots. We Need Lessons

September 23rd, 2016


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 …

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

September 16th, 2016


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 …

What happens when you leave your kids for Reality TV?

September 8th, 2016


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 …

Sexting, Chore Wars and Gender-Neutral Babies.

September 1st, 2016


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 …

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

August 26th, 2016


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 …

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

August 19th, 2016


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 …

Let's Talk About (scheduling in) Sex

August 11th, 2016


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 …

I Took Nits All The Way To Italy

August 4th, 2016


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 …

The One With The School Principal.

July 28th, 2016


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 …

The Tree Change Dream

July 22nd, 2016


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 …

What's Your Parenting Mantra?

July 15th, 2016


Sometimes when things go to sh*t you need a motto, a mantra, a chant to get you through the day. We've crowdsourced the best words to stick on the fridge and remember in times of need. Plus, the future of kids …

Play School is the Toughest Gig in TV

July 8th, 2016


Play School has been entertaining, educating, and babysitting our kids for 50 years. But behind the pipe-cleaners and the piano, it's a whole lot …

The Uncool Parents' Guide to Teen Speak.

July 1st, 2016


Do you get lit, turnt, or hectically savage? Are your eyebrows basic or on fleek? Who even knows. We sent comedian Mandy Nolan on a mission to find …

BONUS: Meet Mr Maker - a rock star to people under three-feet tall.

June 29th, 2016


Children think he's a rockstar. Parents think he is a genius. But what's it really like being Mister Maker - the children's entertainer who can make …

"It Ain’t a Kid's Party If Nobody’s Drunk."

June 24th, 2016


Alcohol at kid’s parties; yes or no? For many parents it's the only way they can enjoy themselves, but this mum-of-three says we need to cut the …

Party Bags Are Pointless.

June 16th, 2016


Lolly bags: A joyful tradition or more useless stuff we don't need? Holly thinks we should just give the kids a piece of cake and be done with it. …

The Teenager Who Climbed Everest

June 9th, 2016


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 …

I bought a safe to lock my kids' devices in.

June 2nd, 2016


How the heck do you control screen time?

You go to drastic lengths, that's what. Like Nikki Gemmell.  She bolted a safe to the floor and only she …

The Mum Who Gave Birth In Peak Hour Traffic

May 26th, 2016


Peak hour traffic is painful enough. So just imagine giving birth it in. 

It's something Adelaide mother-of-two Bianca Grant knows all about. She was …

BONUS: The app that broke Mia Freedman's parenting rules.

May 22nd, 2016


If you're the parent of a female tween, you've heard of the app ''.

As if from nowhere, it has snuck onto your child's phone, or yours - …

Birthing gowns, birthday gifts and the heartbreak of IVF.

May 19th, 2016


Last year over 34,000 women sought fertility treatment in Australia, but rarely do we hear the tales of all the ones that failed, until today.

Plus, designer birthing gowns are now a thing, what "love language" is your …

I Hosted The Logies And My Kids Don't Care.

May 12th, 2016


Spare a thought for Daddo. He hosted the Logies once, next to Noni Hazelhurst. Now she's being inducted into the Logies Hall Of Fame and he's just trying to get the kids to tidy up the house.
We meet the Queensland mum …

Never trust a parent with a clean car.

May 6th, 2016


Andrew Daddo does not understand why people share pictures of their dirty cars.

But Holly Wainwright does.

This week, we speak to a mother whose …

The Most Honest Midwife You've Ever Met

April 29th, 2016


Fiona MacArthur has been catching babies for 30 years. She's seen it all. And man, do we have some questions for her.

Also, Holly explains the …

The Parents Who Quit and Moved to Mexico

April 21st, 2016


What would it take for you to convince yourself to pull your kid out of school and go on the road? Well, after we talk to our guests, from Mexico, …

Things Only People Without Kids Say

April 14th, 2016


"When I have a baby, I'm only going to feed them organic, homecooked meals."

"I'm just going to potter around this weekend". 

And the other hateful …

Why Do Smart People Make Dumb Parents?

April 7th, 2016


Maybe the answer is less.

In a world of too much - too many devices, too many extra-curricular activities, and too many parenting rules, is the …

I Don't Want Your Kids At My Wedding.

March 31st, 2016


Here comes the bride and there goes the friendship.  

There's two types of weddings - ones that include the whole family, and ones that very …

The Couple Who Retired In Their 30's.

March 24th, 2016


Do you dream of retiring early and travelling the world? We meet a couple who have done it in their 30's. They tell us how the hell they managed to do it. 

Is putting on a brave face really the best option in front of …

Parenting Has Made Me Gross

March 17th, 2016


One minute you're a human with hygiene standards. Nek minnit, you have a child and those standards plummet. We meet a mum thrown out of a fast food …

The Suddenly Single Mum

March 10th, 2016


How does it feel to find yourself suddenly a single mum, when you never expected your world to turn that way?

Should you let your toddler be nude at …

The Wet Towel Scourge is Real.

March 3rd, 2016


Andrew Daddo has had enough.

There are wet towels on the bathroom floor, the bedroom floor. the loungeroom floor, the deck. His teenagers refuse to pick them up. So, he's started a petition. Maybe that will …

I Fed a Sugar-Free Child All The Cake in the World.

February 25th, 2016


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 …

When Daddy Goes to Prison.

February 18th, 2016


How do you tell your child that you’re going to prison?  It's a conversation that one dad knows all too well. Also, how do you deal with a …

I'm About to Have a Baby and I'm Shit Scared.

February 10th, 2016


Terrified. First time mum-to-be Emily is absolutely terrified that a baby is about to be pushed out of her body. Can Holly and Andrew calm her …

The Parents Who Refuse to Volunteer at School

February 3rd, 2016


Does your school volunteering report card read: Must try harder? If you're one of those parents who shirks, there are ways to make school …

Dear Parents; You're Doing It Wrong.

January 27th, 2016


The kids are back to work this week and so are Andrew Daddo and Holly Wainwright. They're starting the year with a big question: Are we doing it all …

BONUS: Frazzled: Ruby Wax On How To Be Less Of A Mess.

January 7th, 2016


In the interests of trying to be a better everything in 2016, we are lifting our heads from our beach towel to talk mindfulness with Ruby Wax. The …

When Your Child Gives You A Performance Review.

December 17th, 2015


It's the end of the year. Which means performance reviews, the biggest parenting trends of 2015, and Santa. Has Holly's bribe with her kids worked? …

Bonus Episode: Yes, mums try to pick up Jimmy Giggle at his concerts.

December 11th, 2015


He’s been called the One Direction equivalent of children’s entertainment. And while he may only be known to a small audience of Australian’s - if you talk to anyone under the age of 7, Jimmy Giggle from Giggle and Hoot …

The Christmas Present Your Kid's Teacher Doesn't Want.

December 10th, 2015


Giving your kids teacher a Christmas gift. It's done with the best of intentions. But what do the teachers really think? And what are the gifts you …

The Christmas Card Complex.

December 3rd, 2015


When was the last time you sent a Christmas card? Not an e-card. Or an email. An actual Christmas card that goes in the mail? Holly and Andrew chat …

No Sparkly Shoes. No High-Vis Vests.

November 26th, 2015



Taking your children to the theatre is one of those things that you can feel really smug about as a parent. But what about the performers? If you’re entertianing for kids, what are the cardinal sins that parents and …

The Unplugged Holiday

November 19th, 2015


When was the last time you disconnected from the internet? Holly Wainwright went on an unplugged holiday to Lord Howe Island last week, and …

Won't someone think of the children?

November 12th, 2015


Should baby boomers be giving up their backyards so young families can have a go? 

Plus, he was first called a poof when he was eight years old "and …

The Dad Who Ruined It For Everyone.

November 5th, 2015


This week on This Glorious Mess, how early is too early to start bribing your kids with Santa? It's more than a month till Christmas, and Holly has …

Parents That Go To Schoolies

October 29th, 2015



This week on This Glorious Mess, it's POOLIES. Parents that tag along to schoolies week. Has helicopter parenting gone too far or is it a good way …

I Happen To Like Halloween

October 22nd, 2015


It's not all lollies and cheap costumes. Can this American tradition promote community too? Would you pay someone to name their baby after you? And …

Daddo Has A Midlife Crisis

October 16th, 2015


He drives an old Holden. He banned the TV. There's no junk food in the house. But on holidays, nothing will stop Andrew Daddo in his quest to be the …

The Doll That Stopped A Nation

October 8th, 2015


It's the toy that got everyone talking this week - Johnathan Thurston’s little girl’s black baby doll. Does the ethnicity of your kids’ toys really …

The Door Is Locked. The Tissues Are Missing.

October 1st, 2015


*Alert - this is an ep that's definitely not for little ears*

It's the sticky topic. The tissues keep running out. The bedroom door is locked. And there are strange silences at 2pm on a Sunday.  How do you talk to your …

In Praise Of The #CrapHousewife

September 25th, 2015


New dad Ben Fordham joins the mess for the week, and he's roped in the neighbours kids to do his dirty work. Jessica Rowe is the patron saint of the #craphousewife instagram, and she tells us why she's leading the …

No Junk Food. No TV. Yeah, Right.

September 17th, 2015


Remember those things you said you’d never say or do when you had children? Ha
Also, think you've heard every birth story under the sun? There’s a …

Fear And Loathing In The Lunchbox

September 10th, 2015



The mother who gets very competitive about school lunch boxes. Should kids be learning how to type instead of write? Holly gets reader rage and …

School Fundraising Is Hell

September 3rd, 2015


The peculiar hell of school fundraising. The mum that still makes her 18 year old packed lunches. Should schoolies week be more charitable? And Holly …

Let's Talk (To The Kids) About Sex

August 28th, 2015


There's no getting around the sex talk.  But there's a new, modern book that can help you with that. We roadtest the night-time ritual that says it's guaranteed to make your kid fall asleep in 3 minutes. Plus, when …

Pack Up The Kids. We're Going Camping For A Year.

August 21st, 2015


Have you ever been tempted to throw all the craziness over, pack up your kids and go on the road? One dad did just that. Right in the middle of a board meeting too. #hero. How is botox scarring babies? And it's Book …

Three Is The Magic Number

August 13th, 2015


Does that third child really complete the family? How to keep your kids safe online, and how a lovely family day out at the museum ended in a …

No One Gives A Stuff About Your Ultrasound Picture

August 6th, 2015


The newest trend? Ultrasound parties. Remember gymbaroo? That's old school - now there's a new wave of new toddler activities that parents are …

Sing Like You're Birthing

July 30th, 2015


What is it like to be on The Voice at 8 months pregnant? Amber Nichols is the heavily pregnant contestant on the reality show and tells us what the …

But The Children's Menu is Better

July 23rd, 2015


Should children be banned from restaurants? The incredible footage of surfer Mick Fanning has us wondering: are there certain things you stop doing …

My twins are not unicorns

July 16th, 2015


How much is a tooth worth these days? $600? The toothfairy that's gone wayyy over the top. Why does EVERY SINGLE KID have to get a turn these days? The car that lets your baby ride in the front seat, and we speak to …

Why is my husband a hero for taking the kids to the shops?

July 9th, 2015


The baby name trend that Daddo possibly started. A guide for men on what NOT to say to a new mother. Plus, Why do dads get ridiculous amounts of …

All babies are beautiful. But some need an Instagram filter.

July 2nd, 2015


Generation social media: the newborns with their own Instagram accounts - and thousands of dedicated followers. How do you deal with teens that …

Our house is a naked house.

June 26th, 2015


There are two types of houses: naked and not. Which are you? What is it like when you find out quite late that your child has autism? A mother's searingly honest account. Parents behaving badly at play cafes - was it …

The 'Will She Be French And Gorgeous?' Episode

June 18th, 2015


An au pair sounds like a great idea. But what's it like having a stranger in your house? Will they rip a marriage apart with their coquettish French ways? A listeners asks: what do you do when you HATE other parents …

The Straight Parents Guide To Raising Non-Homophobes

June 11th, 2015


How can you raise your kid to not be a bigot? Why the new pictures of the Royal Baby are pissing Holly off. And you think you can write a children's …

Teenage Parties Now Have Legal Disclaimers.

June 4th, 2015

Drinking, pashing….and the rest.  The new teenage birthday party comes with a legal disclaimer……with some parents refusing to let their kids invite their friends around unless everyone under 18 has a guardian sign a …

The "race you to your pre-birth weight" episode.

May 28th, 2015


Just had a baby? Are you back in your bikini yet? Us neither. Why are we so obsessed with post-baby bodies?  Also, what's it like having two mums? We talk to a woman who grew up as a gayby.  Plus, why a hairdresser …

My Phone Is More Interesting Than My Child

May 21st, 2015


Parents on phones in playgrounds. They're everywhere. We want to shame them, but we can't really blame them.  Plus, The Big Snip - how do you know when you're DONE with kids? And the fascinating case for taking …

I can't hear you screaming, darling. Mummy is meditating.

May 14th, 2015


Is it taboo to say motherhood is easy? What it really means when your teenager says they hate you. And would you spy on your kids online behaviour? 

Mothers Day is so much better than Fathers Day

May 7th, 2015


Mothers day is so much better than Fathers day. Fact. How can you negotiate pocket money? We meet a former stockbroker whose five year old has a …

Saturday Morning Sport? CBF.

April 30th, 2015


Some childcare centres are sending kids home with a bonus: their poo in a bag. Whose job is it to deal with this dirty business? Holly grapples with …

The Elephant In The Playroom: My Kid is Fat

April 23rd, 2015


Bribery, scandal, fights, and diva behaviour: it's not The Real Housewives - it’s food. Do you reward good behaviour with bad food? How do you tackle the very delicate issue of kids and weight? Parents confess what …

So you think your child is "special"?

April 16th, 2015


Everyone these days is raising a "special" child. Have we lost the ability to appreciate that average is ok? Holly's five year old is knuckling down …

Sorry. Star charts can't fix this.

April 9th, 2015


It's school holidays again. Nerves are frayed, wallets too. So how about some discipline? Some control and order? Mia Freedman tries the star chart …

Great Expectations: Should I have a kid?

March 31st, 2015


The debut parenting podcast from the Mamamia Women's Network.  Hosted by Andrew Daddo and Holly Wainwright, it's for non-perfect parents to talk …

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