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This Glorious Mess

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A weekly look at parenting as it truly is: confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of surprises. Join Tegan Natoli and Leigh Campbell every Monday as they discuss all the disasters and delights of parenting with a healthy dose of advice from our trusted experts.

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Parenting With A Disability: Eliza Hull’s Story

May 15th, 2022

21:49

When Eliza Hull first brought up with her trusted doctor that she'd like a baby, she was ecstatic. That was until he advised her not to because of …

‘Picnic Plates’ & Baked Beans: Mia Freedman’s Golden Rules

May 8th, 2022

25:11

With Mother's Day just passed, Mia Freedman (co-founder of Mamamia, Lady Startup and our boss) joins Leigh and Tegan to share her three Golden Rules …

How Dolly’s Dream Is Tackling Our Bullying Problem

May 1st, 2022

18:21

Please note this episode contains mentions of suicide.

After her daughter Amy took her own life in 2018, Kate Everett started Dolly's Dream, as a …

Andrew Daddo’s Guide To Picking A School

April 24th, 2022

25:55

At what age did you pick a school for your kid? When they were a toddler? Just born? Or even in the womb? Picking a school can be a minefield, so …

Leigh Opens Up About Parenting After Losing Her Dad

April 17th, 2022

19:07

Losing a parent is heartbreaking at the best of times, but the pain takes on a whole new dimension when you have kids of your own.

Leigh Campbell's …

Kelly McCarren Is The Realistic Look At Parenting We Need

April 10th, 2022

23:01

Some TGM listeners might know Kelly McCarren as Leigh's cohost on podcast You Beauty; but since having her son Lenny she's also been a breath of fresh air documenting her parenting experience.

She joins Leigh and Tegan …

The Pixar Movie That Has Ruffled Feathers

April 3rd, 2022

24:05

Have you seen the new Pixar movie Turning Red? Some parents see it as a joyful look at the tween years through the eyes of Mei Lee, a 13 year old who …

The Scrunchie Hack That Will Save Your Sanity

March 27th, 2022

30:23

We all know Parent's Groups are a wealth of tried and tested advice, so this week Tegan and Leigh mined their parenting groups for a ton of great hacks. Everything from getting your kids to make their own choices to …

Introducing Help! I Have A Teenager: Parties, Kissing & The Big Conversation Around Consent

March 23rd, 2022

21:51

We've got a new show, it's called Help! I Have A Teenager, and if you're missing This Glorious Mess Big Kids, this is the show for you. Hosted by Dr. …

The Joy Of Raising A Child To Be Their Authentic Self

March 20th, 2022

23:48

Fiona Waters is a proud mum to her teenage daughter Alice, who transitioned last year. Fiona, and countless other parents across Australia, are raising trans and gender nonconforming kids and want to create a safe and …

When You Want More Kids But Your Partner Doesn't

March 13th, 2022

16:47

There are some disagreements you have with your partner about your kids that are pretty minor, like whether fast food is an acceptable dinner on weekends, or how much to spend on birthdays. But others, like whether or …

How To Get Your Mojo Back After A Baby

March 6th, 2022

23:41

Something that almost all new parents have to deal with (alongside raising a tiny human) is a change in their sex life. Chances are your libido is shot, you're sore down there, you're exhausted and annoyed at your …

An Honest Conversation About The Tooth Fairy

February 27th, 2022

16:18

A few weeks ago, we spoke about oral hygiene on the show (click here to listen to that episode with Dr Bethany) and in response, got a ton of messages from our community about baby teeth! This week, we're delving into …

Big Kids: 7 Years, 5 Kids & A Whole Lot Of Parenting Advice

February 24th, 2022

26:01

Seven years ago, Holly Wainwright & Andrew Daddo walked into a podcast studio. Little did they know, they'd record 360 episodes, speak to …

Little Kids: What You Need To Know In An Emergency Situation

February 20th, 2022

27:10

How prepared are you for an emergency situation? It can be scary to think about, but there's nothing more important than knowing what to do if something goes wrong with your child.

Nikki Jurcutz started her career as a …

Big Kids: How To Talk To Teenagers

February 17th, 2022

28:21

How good is communication with your teenager? Do you get much more out of them than a begrudging grunt?

Daisy Turnbull is no stranger to talking to …

Little Kids: Our Ultimate Hacks For Easing The Mental Load

February 13th, 2022

21:48

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Little Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny and full of …

Big Kids: How Holly Got Through COVID-19 With Two Kids

February 10th, 2022

24:33

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Big Kids, a twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Little Kids: Madeleine West On Restarting Her Life With 6 Kids

February 6th, 2022

32:11

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Little Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny and full of …

Big Kids: David Campbell is a "Boundaries" Parent

February 3rd, 2022

33:08

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Big Kids, a twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Little Kids: The Tricks To Get Your Kid To Brush Their Teeth

January 30th, 2022

25:29

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Little Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny and full of …

Big Kids: Adam Spencer Knows How To Make Maths Fun

January 27th, 2022

32:09

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Big Kids, a twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Little Kids: The Mental Load Of Having Covid With Three Little Kids

January 23rd, 2022

30:53

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Little Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Big Kids: How To Get Your Kid (And Yourself) Ready For High School

January 20th, 2022

22:33

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Big Kids, a twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Little Kids: Does Sex Really Induce Labor?

January 16th, 2022

32:15

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Little Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Big Kids: Robin Bailey's 5 Golden Rules of Parenting

January 13th, 2022

22:51

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Big Kids, a twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Little Kids: Should We Be Naked In Front Of The Kids?

January 9th, 2022

23:46

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Little Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Big Kids: The Ultimate Summer Reading List

January 6th, 2022

31:47

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Big Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Little Kids: Everything We Learnt In 2021

January 2nd, 2022

19:50

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Little Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Big Kids: Holly And Andrew's 'I Don't' Lists For 2022

December 30th, 2021

22:20

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Big Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Little Kids: Easy Activities To Keep The Kids Busy This Holiday Season

December 26th, 2021

21:54

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Little Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Big Kids: Six Festive Stories To Warm Your Heart

December 23rd, 2021

23:22

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Big Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Little Kids: "Mum! Why Doesn't Santa Come To Our House!"

December 19th, 2021

23:49

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Little Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Big Kids: The Perfect Excuse To Give Up Elf On The Shelf

December 16th, 2021

20:46

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Big Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Little Kids: Why Everyone Loves Bluey

December 12th, 2021

21:30

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Little Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Big Kids: Jacinta Tynan's Golden Rules For Single Parents

December 9th, 2021

26:31

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Big Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Little Kids: If Only Every Family Could Have An Alice Brady

December 5th, 2021

22:45

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Little Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Big Kids: What Australia's Best Teacher Wants You To Know

December 2nd, 2021

31:33

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Big Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Little Kids: The Last Minute Gift Guide For Busy Parents

November 28th, 2021

21:39

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Little Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Big Kids: The Five Golden Rules Yumi Stynes' Family Lives By

November 25th, 2021

28:46

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Big Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Little Kids: Why No One Talks About Postnatal Depletion

November 21st, 2021

29:55

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Little Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Big Kids: Is It Okay To Let Your Kids Quit?

November 18th, 2021

33:29

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Big Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Little Kids: We Need To Talk About Our Pelvic Floors

November 14th, 2021

23:14

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Little Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Big Kids: Am I Raising An Asshole?

November 11th, 2021

24:21

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Big Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Little Kids: The One With The Husbands

November 7th, 2021

21:00

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Little Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Big Kids: The Seven Parenting Moments That Broke Us

November 4th, 2021

23:55

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Big Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Little Kids: Moana Hope On Starting IVF

October 31st, 2021

23:59

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Little Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Big Kids: Help! My Teenager Has A "Smart Mouth"

October 28th, 2021

29:30

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Big Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Little Kids: Why We Get Mum Guilt And How To Curb It

October 24th, 2021

29:27

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Little Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Big Kids: Holly And Andrew's Golden Parenting Rules

October 21st, 2021

28:35

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Big Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Little Kids: Yep, Teaching Consent Starts Before School

October 17th, 2021

25:10

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Little Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Big Kids: One Family's Extreme Travel Challenge

October 14th, 2021

38:54

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Big Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Little Kids: The Best & Worst Advice We Received As First Time Mums

October 10th, 2021

33:58

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Little Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Big Kids: The Parental Burnout Is Real

October 7th, 2021

29:09

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Big Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Little Kids: How Early Is Too Early To Prep For A Baby?

October 3rd, 2021

27:20

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Little Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Big Kids: Should We Be Paying Our Kids To Do Things?

September 30th, 2021

27:46

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Big Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Little Kids: Kelly McCarren’s Burning Questions About Motherhood

September 26th, 2021

33:05

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Little Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Big Kids: Your Guide To Getting The Kids Vaccinated

September 23rd, 2021

24:14

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Big Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Little Kids: Moving To The Big Bed

September 19th, 2021

27:10

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Little Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Big Kids: Nine Of Your Most Embarrassing Parenting Fails

September 16th, 2021

21:42

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Big Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Little Kids: So, We Don't Have To Wash The Kids Every Day?

September 12th, 2021

23:19

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Little Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Big Kids: These Are The Things Getting Us Through

September 9th, 2021

34:45

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Big Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Little Kids: Co-Sleeping, Gender Reveals & Bows On Babies: Your Controversial Opinions

September 5th, 2021

33:48

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Little Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Big Kids Father’s Day Special: Famous Dad’s On What They’ve Learnt

September 2nd, 2021

30:51

Happy Father's Day from This Glorious Mess! We're paying homage to the dad's in our life this episode, and are hearing from seven famous dads (featuring a few Daddo's) on what they've learnt since becoming a dad, and …

Little Kids: Tammin Sursok's Number One Piece Of Parenting Advice

August 29th, 2021

29:54

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Little Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Big Kids: “I Felt Invisible”: Returning To Work After Kids

August 26th, 2021

33:53

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Big Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is. Confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Little Kids: In Defence Of The 'Insta Mum'

August 22nd, 2021

26:36

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Little Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Introducing Get Me Pregnant Season Two...

August 20th, 2021

21:13

Hey Messers!

You might have already heard about our podcast, Get Me Pregnant, but did you know it's was back for a brand new season? 

Get Me Pregnant is Mamamia's podcast that makes understanding assisted fertility easy.

Big Kids: Andrew and Holly's Very Unpopular Parenting Opinions

August 19th, 2021

32:06

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Big Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Little Kids: Our BIG List Of Recommendations That Will Make Your Life Easy

August 15th, 2021

38:46

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Little Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Big Kids: The One Meal Jock Zonfrillo Doesn’t Let His Kids Eat

August 12th, 2021

32:50

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Big Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is. Confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Little Kids: What To Say When Your Friend’s Struggling With Fertility

August 8th, 2021

31:15

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Little Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Big Kids: Cleaning, Sex Bribes, Lots of TV: What Happens After Bedtime

August 5th, 2021

29:30

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Big Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is. Confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Little Kids: It’s Okay Not To Be Okay Right Now

August 1st, 2021

27:34

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Little Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Big Kids: Holly Doesn't Want To Be Friends With Her Kids

July 29th, 2021

24:19

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Big Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is. Confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Little Kids: The Donation That Saved Little Cooper's Life

July 25th, 2021

22:27

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Little Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Big Kids: Maggie Dent's Anxiety Toolkit

July 22nd, 2021

35:10

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Big Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is. Confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Little Kids: The Pre Baby Bucket List

July 18th, 2021

25:32

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Little Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Big Kids: Roosters & Lambs, The Parenting Theory Maggie Dent Swears By

July 15th, 2021

33:03

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Big Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is. Confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Little Kids: Would You Apply For A Job At 37 Weeks Pregnant?

July 11th, 2021

20:00

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Little Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Big Kids: How To Make Your Kid A Useful Ally

July 8th, 2021

25:30

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Big Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is. Confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Little Kids: Embracing Country With Our Little Ones

July 4th, 2021

29:51

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Little Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Big Kids: The Original Dolly Doctor Shares Secrets From Her Sealed Sections

July 1st, 2021

26:30

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Big Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is. Confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Little Kids: Confessions Of A Single Mum

June 27th, 2021

31:38

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Little Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Big Kids: What Not To Say To A Stressed Student

June 24th, 2021

29:30

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Big Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is. Confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Little Kids: Everything You Need To Know About Having Twins

June 20th, 2021

34:08

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Little Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Big Kids: Why Some Mums Are "Fat Molls"

June 17th, 2021

23:00

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Big Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is. Confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Little Kids: How To Make Mealtime Less Boring

June 13th, 2021

23:05

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Little Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Big Kids: What Kind Of Kid Have You Raised?

June 10th, 2021

25:10

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Big Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is. Confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Little Kids: Are Our Boys And Girls All That Different?

June 6th, 2021

23:32

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Little Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Big Kids: Just Seven Smart Opinions On Getting Your Kid A Phone

June 3rd, 2021

27:51

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Big Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is. Confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Little Kids: Taming Boisterous Boys

May 30th, 2021

26:59

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Little Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Big Kids: Birth Order & The Prince Harry Effect

May 27th, 2021

29:56

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Big Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is. Confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Little Kids: Sean Szeps On What Not To Say To Proud Gay Parents

May 23rd, 2021

35:24

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Little Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Big Kids: How To Teach Kids About Country

May 20th, 2021

33:50

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Big Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is. Confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Little Kids: The First Year Google Rabbit Hole

May 16th, 2021

31:52

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Little Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Introducing: That's Incredible Season Two!

May 14th, 2021

29:12

Hey Messers! You might have already heard about our podcast, That's Incredible. But did you know it was back for Season 2?

And this season is all about... Australia!

That's Incredible is perfect for keeping the kid's …

Big Kids: Julia Morris On Why Parenting Is 97% Terrible

May 13th, 2021

35:44

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Big Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is. Confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Little Kids: How Do I Make More Money From Home?

May 9th, 2021

29:56

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Little Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Big Kids: How Does Daddo Do It?

May 6th, 2021

23:20

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Big Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is. Confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Little Kids: A Mother's Day For All Past, Present And Hopeful

May 2nd, 2021

22:24

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Little Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Big Kids: Why You Should Let Your Kid Walk To School

April 29th, 2021

31:55

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Big Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is. Confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Little Kids: Ditching The Dummy

April 25th, 2021

28:22

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Little Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Big Kids: How To Have The Birds And Bees Talk In 2021

April 22nd, 2021

28:15

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Big Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is. Confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Little Kids: How To Tackle Secondary Infertility

April 18th, 2021

29:37

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Little Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Big Kids: Why You Should Punch The School Bully

April 15th, 2021

26:56

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Big Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is. Confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Little Kids: Everything You Need To Know About Daycare

April 11th, 2021

27:27

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Little Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Big Kids: Four Hosts One Episode

April 8th, 2021

31:34

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Big Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is. Confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Little Kids: Postpartum Doulas And The Fourth Trimester

April 4th, 2021

29:34

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Little Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Big Kids: Help! My Daughter's A Nightmare At Parties

April 1st, 2021

28:23

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Big Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is. Confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Little Kids: When To Worry About Your Child's Development

March 28th, 2021

23:58

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Little Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Big Kids: Five Ways To Stop Annoying Your Kids

March 25th, 2021

23:32

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Big Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is. Confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Little Kids: HELP! My Partner Is Driving Me Mad

March 21st, 2021

29:11

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Little Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Big Kids: Confessions Of A Half-Arsed Parent

March 18th, 2021

28:08

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Big Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is. Confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Little Kids: Pets Pups & Little People, Dr Katrina Warren On Living With Both

March 14th, 2021

28:22

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Little Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Big Kids: Co-Parenting, We're Doing It For The Kids

March 11th, 2021

20:12

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Big Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is. Confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Little Kids: Why Consent And Feminism Needs To Be A Family Matter

March 7th, 2021

23:23

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Little Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Big Kids: Raising Girls Who Like Themselves

March 4th, 2021

30:08

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Big Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is. Confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Little Kids: Leigh's Best Tips For Your Postnatal Beauty Needs

February 28th, 2021

24:58

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Little Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is. Confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Big Kids: It's Time To Stop Feeling Guilty About Gaming

February 25th, 2021

27:48

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Big Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is. Confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Little Kids: Giving Birth At 35, 34 and 33 Weeks

February 21st, 2021

31:56

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Little Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is. Confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Big Kids: The One With Andrew's Mum

February 18th, 2021

30:49

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Big Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is. Confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Little Kids: Nine Time Saving Hacks For 'Lazy' Parents

February 14th, 2021

27:38

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Little Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is. Confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Big Kids: Madonna King On Why The Teen Years Start At 10

February 11th, 2021

35:27

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Big Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is. Confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Little Kids: How To Go From Pre-School To Big School & Stay Sane

February 7th, 2021

24:16

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Little Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is. Confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Big Kids: Is My Tween Ready To 'Date'?

February 4th, 2021

26:21

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Big Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is. Confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Little Kids: Turia Pitt’s Life Hacks

February 1st, 2021

22:53

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Little Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is. Confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Big Kids: Jules Sebastian Wants To Raise Two Good Men

January 28th, 2021

34:31

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Big Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is. Confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Little Kids: How Do You Know When You’re Ready To Have Another Baby?

January 24th, 2021

24:48

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Little Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is. Confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Big Kids: How Two Aussie Mums Made Thousands More Feel Seen

January 21st, 2021

36:41

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Big Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is. Confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Little Kids: Sleep Training Toddlers Is So Much Worse

January 17th, 2021

24:26

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Little Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is. Confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Big Kids BONUS: Our Back To School Essentials

January 14th, 2021

9:04

Welcome to the Holiday edition of This Glorious Mess Big Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it is. Confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, …

Little Kids BONUS: How To Holiday With Toddlers

January 7th, 2021

11:21

Every parent knows a holiday is never really a holiday when you have a toddler.

So if you're lucky enough to get away this summer and have a …

Big Kids BONUS: Roadtrip Special Our Best of 2020

December 31st, 2020

33:03

Today Holly and Andrew are taking you on a road trip down memory lane. As we drive off into 2021, we wanted to remind ourselves of the best advice we …

Big Kids: Do You Have A Favourite Child?

December 17th, 2020

25:28

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Big Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it is. Confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of surprises. So …

Little Kids: How Do I Have A Christmas Tree & A Toddler?

December 13th, 2020

18:42

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Little Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is. Confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Big Kids: Drunk Mummy, Sober Mummy

December 10th, 2020

25:07

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Big Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it is. Confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of surprises. So …

Little Kids: How Do We Talk To Our Kids About Death?

December 6th, 2020

21:56

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Little Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is. Confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Big Kids: Madeleine West: To Conceive Or Not To Conceive?

December 4th, 2020

25:09

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Big Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is. Confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Little Kids: How Mums Can Turn Their Anxiety Into A Strength

November 29th, 2020

26:29

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Little Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is. Confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Big Kids: Raising An 'Unusual Boy'

November 26th, 2020

23:39

Welcome to This Glorious Mess. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is. Confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of surprises. So …

Little Kids: How To Have A Zero Waste Family

November 22nd, 2020

19:15

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Little Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is. Confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Big Kids: When Your Kid Has A Stutter

November 19th, 2020

27:49

Welcome to This Glorious Mess. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is. Confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of surprises. So …

Little Kids: From Olympic Gold To Two Kids: How Giaan Rooney Does It

November 15th, 2020

22:26

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Little Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is. Confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Big Kids: Can Sibling Rivalry Be A Positive Thing?

November 12th, 2020

22:11

Jessie and Clare Stephens are twin sisters and Editors at Mamamia. And it's fair to say, they're very competitive. But is their competitive nature a problem? Or can sibling rivalry be a positive thing?

In the latest …

Little Kids: We Need To Talk About Exploding Head Syndrome

November 8th, 2020

22:32

Welcome to This Glorious Mess Little Kids. A twice-weekly look at parenting as it really is. Confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of …

Big Kids: We Tracked Down The Real Life Mum From 'Lion'

November 5th, 2020

22:48

In 1987, Sue and John Brierly adopted a little boy from India named Saroo. Years later, Saroo would go on to discover his birth family via Google …

Little Kids: ‘How Does COVID Affect My Pregnancy?’

November 1st, 2020

18:16

We were so excited about 2020. A new decade brimming with optimism and fresh opportunities. But then of course COVID happened and everything changed, especially for new parents. 

Tegan and Leigh chat to antenatal and …

Big Kids: Communicating Cancer To Your Kids

October 29th, 2020

22:01

At the peak of her career in October 2019, Shonel Bryant was diagnosed with Triple-Negative Breast Cancer.

Holly and Andrew hear her story of …

Little Kids: Taming The Terrible Twos

October 25th, 2020

19:36

Is your toddler throwing tantrums, and they aren’t even two yet? Do they scream at the top of their lungs, for what seems like no reason at all? 

Parenting coach Karina Lane chats to Leigh and Tegan about how you can …

Big Kids: Caravan Life With The Kids - Heaven Or Hell?

October 22nd, 2020

16:49

Ever thought about travelling around the country with the kids? What about travelling in a caravan? Nightmare or true bliss? 

Holly and Daddo chat …

Little Kids: How To Handle Your Child’s Separation Anxiety

October 18th, 2020

19:02

Does your little one cry uncontrollably when you drop them off at daycare? Do they fuss and fall apart when you’re just taking the bins out? Maybe …

Big Kids: Why Suspending School Kids Doesn’t Work

October 15th, 2020

17:28

What do you think about expelling or suspending kids from school? Do you think it should be phased out? Or do you think kids should be disciplined …

Little Kids: Busting Myths About Having A Nanny

October 11th, 2020

14:47

Ever wanted to have an au pair? Or maybe you prefer to send your kids to a daycare? Or do both feel like an out-of-reach luxury?

After a few people have judged Tegan for having a live-in nanny, she wants everyone to …

Big Kids: How To Parent Kids With ADHD

October 8th, 2020

20:55

You’ve probably heard of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - known as ADHD - but do you really know what it is and how to care for someone …

Little Kids: What It’s Really Like Being A Young, Single Mum

October 4th, 2020

16:54

From getting the kids out the door on time, to bathtime and making dinner, it’s hard enough to get stuff done with the little ones, let alone all by yourself in a pandemic. 

Leigh and Tegan chat to single mum of …

Big Kids: When The Kids Leave The Nest

October 1st, 2020

17:09

Are you eagerly awaiting the day when your kids move out? Or do your eyes well up at just the thought of them leaving? 

Holly and Daddo chat about a …

Little Kids: Tahyna MacManus On The Misunderstandings Of Miscarriage

September 27th, 2020

18:28

Miscarriage affects one in four people. It’s a hard loss to deal with, and some women feel shame for having gone through it.

Leigh and Tegan chat to Tahyna MacManus about her new documentary ‘Misunderstandings Of …

Big Kids: The Godparent Myth

September 24th, 2020

17:04

What does being a godparent mean? If you were asked to be one, would you feel obligated to say yes? Or can you flat out refuse?  

Andrew and Holly …

Little Kids: How To Break Gender Stereotypes

September 20th, 2020

18:51

How do you feel about gender stereotypes? What would you do if your son wanted to wear pink, or if your daughter played with toy trucks? 

Leigh and …

Big Kids: What Growing Up In Foster Care Is Really Like

September 17th, 2020

24:56

Having grown up in a stable home with loving parents, it’s easy to take it all for granted - the home cooked meals, the cosy bed, the nurturing …

Little Kids: Busting The Myths About Fostering A Baby

September 13th, 2020

23:23

Ever thought about becoming a foster carer, but don’t know where to start or if you’re even eligible? Or have you always wanted to know what it’s like for foster parents when they have to say goodbye to their babies?

Big Kids: Travelling The World Full-Time, With Kids

September 10th, 2020

25:45

Ever found yourself daydreaming about travelling the world and not coming back? Maybe you rather be living on an island or in a small town? Let’s …

UPDATE: TikTok & What’s Safe On Social

September 9th, 2020

19:21

We bet that in these last couple of months you’ve had to learn all about a whole load of new apps. Zoom, Tik Tok, House Party… and those are just the …

Little Kids: What You Need To Know About Daycare Germs

September 6th, 2020

24:51

Worried about your child getting sick in daycare? Stressed that a snotty nose might be something more serious? We don’t blame you, especially with the way the world is right now. 

Penny Blunden, a paediatric registered …

Big Kids: Maggie Dent On Growing Boys To Men

September 3rd, 2020

27:58

Beautiful little boys grow into great, big, monosyllabic, forgetful teens. 

Holly and Andrew chat to Australian author Maggie Dent about how to …

Little Kids: Why Babies Can Hear The Same Song 1000 Times

August 30th, 2020

18:54

Do you have the same nursery rhyme playing CONSTANTLY in the background? Ever wonder why your little one refuses to listen to anything else but Baby …

Big Kids: ‘My Son Wears Dresses And My Family Is Furious’

August 27th, 2020

20:46

Growing up in the 80s and 90s wasn’t just about big hair and baggy pants, it was also about questionable parenting. Daddo has no complaints about his childhood… even though it was semi-dangerous. What was life like for …

Little Kids: Is My Toddler Being Naughty Or Having ‘Sensory Play’?

August 23rd, 2020

21:38

Are you stuck at home with the kids… again? Does your little one throw food or toys on the ground, no matter how many times you’ve told them ‘No!’? …

Big Kids: “Why Do Dads Get Sick Days But Mums Don’t?”

August 20th, 2020

16:28

Are you an embarrassing parent? Do you do things to make your kids blush? You’re not the only one, because even celebrities can’t escape embarrassing parenting moments.

Jennifer Garner put on her best costume and white …

Little Kids: When Your Little Kid Isn’t Like The Others

August 16th, 2020

20:09

How does having a child with additional needs affect parenting? And what are the correct terms to use? 

Leigh and Tegan chat to Julie Mathers, a mum …

Big Kids: Sally Hepworth Is Lowering The Lockdown Bar

August 13th, 2020

22:00

You’d think when kids are remote learning, you don’t need to worry about what they’re wearing. Throw on a pair of trackies, or even keep their …

Little Kids: Cutting The Confusion of Baby Tax

August 9th, 2020

24:10

Getting ready to have a baby can be exciting and daunting all at the same time. Not only do you need to work out all the essentials your baby needs, but you also need to work out what family benefits you’re entitled to… …

Big Kids: It’s Time To Let The Kids Get Bored

August 6th, 2020

17:35

The world has definitely changed. Sending your kid to school with a sniffle and or snotty nose was once a given, now it’s downright dangerous. So …

Little Kids: Brooke Spain Knows How To Declutter Kid Chaos

August 2nd, 2020

26:53

It can seem impossible to keep a tidy home when you have toddlers and babies around, and every parent knows that kids create clutter like nobody’s business. 

Leigh and Tegan chat to Instagram organisation guru Brooke …

Big Kids: Peter Helliar Knows How To Holiday At Home

July 30th, 2020

25:24

Comedian Peter Helliar and his wife Bridget were determined to keep travelling after having kids. And judging by the book they’ve just released - Trippin With Kids - they certainly have. And although our wings might be …

Little Kids: The Campaign No Mother Wants To Start

July 26th, 2020

26:35

Rachael Casella lost her daughter to spinal muscular atrophy when her baby was only seven months old. 

The unimaginable loss led Rachael to advocate …

Big Kids: Kids Crashing Work Calls Isn’t Cute Anymore

July 23rd, 2020

21:07

Depending on where you’re listening, the schools might be closed, you might be working from home, and you probably can't have your kid stay over at …

Introducing: Me After You

July 22nd, 2020

36:09

Just jumping into your feed to share with you the first episode of our brand new podcast Me After You. 

No matter how it happens, motherhood changes you forever.

Me After You is the show that asks the question: So, what …

Little Kids: The Medical Reasons Your Baby Won’t Go To Sleep

July 19th, 2020

17:21

Is your little one having trouble sleeping? It could just be a behavioural problem that they’ll outgrow... But sometimes it can be something medical …

Big Kids: ‘Is It Ok To Discipline Other People's Kids?’

July 16th, 2020

17:36

What are the do’s and don’ts when it comes to other people’s kids? Are you allowed to tell them off? Correct their manners? Or should you just let …

Little Kids: A Firefighter Mum’s Winter Safety Wisdom

July 12th, 2020

18:44

Winter’s here.  And with it comes hot mugs of tea, fleecy slippers, and of course… the heater. 

Leigh and Tegan talk to Kath Faith, a firefighter at Fire and Rescue NSW, about fire safety and how to best keep you and …

The Great Australian Holiday Quiz

July 10th, 2020

30:59

Whether you’re on a family road trip or sheltering to stay safe at home, we all need new ideas for entertaining the kids these holidays. So wherever …

Big Kids: “Why Do I Hate My Teen Wearing Crop Tops?”

July 9th, 2020

19:12

Every parent knows there’s a moment when you suddenly lose the right to comment on how your kid dresses. But what happens if the way they’ve started dressing makes you… uncomfortable? 

We have a listener dilemma about …

Little Kids: ‘Is My Toddler A Bully?’

July 5th, 2020

23:47

It can be really difficult when you see your toddler being “bullied” by another child. And maybe it’s even more distressing when you see your little …

Big Kids BONUS: Road Trip Conversations That Matter

July 4th, 2020

22:59

Should our kids be wearing masks? Should they be striking for climate change? Should they be dreading next Summer’s fire season? 

These school …

Big Kids: ‘I’ll Never Let My Kids Read Their School Reports Again’

July 2nd, 2020

15:36

Do you let your kids read their report cards? Would you hide it from them so you don’t hurt their feelings? 

Well, Holly learnt her lesson when she …

Little Kids: A Myth-Busting Doctor Tackles Vaccination

June 28th, 2020

26:14

There’s a lot of talk around vaccination in this COVID era. But how much of it is worth listening to?

Leigh and Tegan chat to general paediatrician and staff specialist at the National Centre for Immunisation Research …

Big Kids: ‘Is It Ever Okay For Boys To Hit Girls?’

June 26th, 2020

18:34

Do you think it’s okay for boys to hit each other in the playground? Is it just boys being boys? And would you still have a problem if those same …

Little Kids: ‘Who The Hell Am I Now That I’m A Mum?’

June 21st, 2020

23:07

Motherhood has a way of making you start to question who you are, what you’re doing and whether what you’re going through is even normal. 

Leigh and …

Big Kids: ‘I’m Teaching My Kids The Wrong Thing About Racism’

June 19th, 2020

22:30

Last week Holly and Andrew talked about what their kids had taught them about racism. This week, they’ve called in an expert. 

Professor Naomi …

Big Kids BONUS: Burner Phones & Fake Accounts...The Kids Are Keeping Secrets

June 16th, 2020

15:15

Everytime we think we’ve got a handle on technology and the boundaries in place for our kids, along come our smart, tech-savvy tweens and teens with …

Little Kids: Teaching Preschoolers About Anti-Racism, With Professor Paradies

June 14th, 2020

23:24

Did you know that babies as young as three months old can respond differently to the race of people around them? 

So how old are they when they pick …

Big Kids: What Our Kids Teach Us About Race

June 12th, 2020

21:22

Our big kids live in the same world we do, and are seeing it change all around us. 

So, whatever our backgrounds, how do we talk to our kids about …

Little Kids: Canna Campbell’s Baby Budget

June 7th, 2020

22:22

Some people are good at budgeting (Leigh), some people are not (Tegan).  But as we ease out of COVID restrictions and topple into recession, saving money is something we’re all looking at. Especially those of us whose …

Big Kids: ‘I’m Telling The Kids We’re Still In Isolation’

June 5th, 2020

17:29

Remember when your weekends were filled with the kids Saturday sports and birthday parties… Then along came COVID and you were FREE again! Well, …

Little Kids: How To Get Your Toddler To Eat Everything

May 31st, 2020

21:42

Are kids BORN to be fussy eaters or is it just a phase? Do you sometimes feel like your kid won’t eat something just to spite you? Or maybe you panic when your toddler doesn’t want to eat?  Well, you’re not the only …

Big Kids: What The Heck Is A Coronavirus Party?

May 29th, 2020

20:51

We’ve all heard of dad jokes… but why do we hear a lot less about mum jokes? Is it because mums aren’t FUNNY, or are they just not as LAME? We think …

Little Kids: Isolation's Almost Over And We’re Dreading It

May 24th, 2020

22:15

On this episode of This Glorious Mess Little Kids, Leigh chats about being a “one and done” kind of gal… but people are still asking her if she’s going to have another baby. Is it ever okay to ask that? 

And, Tegan’s so …

Big Kids: The Kids Have Found Us Out

May 22nd, 2020

21:41

For most of their little lives, your kids probably thought you knew everything, and that you could do anything. Then home-schooling happened and …

Big Kids BONUS: TikTok, House Party & What’s Safe On Social

May 20th, 2020

18:06

We bet that in these last couple of months you’ve had to learn all about a whole load of new apps. Zoom, TikTok, House Party… and those are just the …

Little Kids: How To Keep Parenting When Your Heart Is Broken

May 17th, 2020

19:41

Leigh is grieving the loss of her beloved dad. Today she shares her beautiful last moments with her father and the reality of having to keep …

Big Kids: The Parents Who Will Never Miss Isolation

May 15th, 2020

22:21

So… how was your Mother’s Day? Andrew reckons he nailed it, while Holly got an… interesting gift. 

And this week’s parenting mess is about the extra …

Little Kids: I’m Not The Parent I Thought I Was Going To Be

May 10th, 2020

21:04

Leigh’s away and her seat’s being filled by the excellent Sean Szeps. 

Tegan and Sean have one thing in common… well, actually two. They’re both the parents of twins. 

Plus, did you think you’d be a certain type of …

Big Kids: Help! My Baby Is Suddenly A Tween

May 8th, 2020

22:46

As Mother’s Day draws near… so does Daddo’s anxiety. Does he have to take care of his wife, as the mother of his kids... or does he just have to do …

Little Kids: When Your Toddler Thinks You’ve Let Yourself Go

May 3rd, 2020

20:32

Having a baby shower is something most expectant mums look forward to… but what does that look like in iso? Would you have a virtual baby shower or …

Big Kids: Who’s Your Kid's Favourite Parent?

May 1st, 2020

21:24

Isolation rules are beginning to relax in different parts of Australia, but are you going to get separation anxiety once it’s all over?

And even …

Little Kids: The Truth About Having A Favourite Child

April 26th, 2020

21:59

With Maternal Mental Health Month just around the corner, Leigh and Tegan open up about their own post baby mental health experiences. 

And do you remember what life was like before kids? The girls do. Number one on …

Big Kids: Is It Time To Close The Home School Yet?

April 24th, 2020

20:51

WARNING! Yelling at the kids can result in physical injury… to yourself. Don’t believe us? Just ask Holly and her broken finger. Yes, it’s definitely …

Little Kids: Let Mummy Have A Cry In The Car

April 19th, 2020

21:38

How much better do you feel after a big, ugly cry? Our little humans shouldn’t get all the teary fun. Leigh and Tegan discuss the virtues of a big …

Big Kids: Daddo’s Mystery Isolation Poo Dogger

April 17th, 2020

24:00

Ah, isolation with kids. It’s the best of times, it’s the worst of times. There are moments of simple joy in togetherness and hours of frustrating …

Little Kids: Isolation Is No Time For ‘Mum Guilt’

April 12th, 2020

22:55

Feeling “mum guilt” for wanting to be away from the kids? Well, you’re not the only one. 

Leigh and Tegan open up about the struggles of being at home mums, something neither of them are used to. 

Plus, they both think …

Big Kids: Isolation Holidays Don’t Have To Suck

April 10th, 2020

26:24

From Easter egg expeditions to writing “books”, there’s a tonne of creative ideas that Holly and Andrew share on how to survive the inside blues. 

Your Incredible, Kid-Friendly Family Quiz

April 8th, 2020

20:50

Looking for family distractions this long weekend? Holly and Andrew are here with a quiz. 

Make it adults against kids or pit the siblings against …

Little Kids: Baby’s First Haircut Is An Isolation Trim

April 5th, 2020

19:42

Easter isn’t going to be the same this year. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun. In this week’s episode the girls come up with a couple of ideas to stretch out the Easter experience for the kids... more so for your …

Big Kids: Dr Karl Is Here To Tell Us What To Say To The Kids

April 3rd, 2020

27:18

Daddo’s recording from a car, Holly’s fighting off kids and a puppy, but we’re back with an isolation episode to keep us all sane. 

The one and only …

Little Kids: It’s Okay Not To Be Okay Right Now

March 29th, 2020

19:33

Leigh just came back from what was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime with her little family, but when she landed she didn’t expect to be quarantined… with nine people… and barely any toys to keep her little Bug busy!

Big Kids: There Are A Lot Of Hours To Fill In An Inside Day

March 27th, 2020

23:24

Holly and Daddo find out how people are entertaining their kids indoors, including some ingenious ways to get them to do chores while you’re stuck at …

Little Kids: To Instagram, Or Not To Instagram

March 22nd, 2020

19:54

Social media is a part of our everyday lives, we're constantly updating our friends and family by posting our adventures online. But is that a problem when it comes to sharing too much of our kids? Leigh and Tegan chat …

Big Kids: Help. I’m Stuck In My House With My Children

March 20th, 2020

23:56

Staying indoors might keep us safe, but if you have kids, will it help us stay sane? Holly and Daddo come up with some ideas that tick both boxes. 

Little Kids: You Never Stop Worrying About Your Kids

March 15th, 2020

19:12

It's something that parents say never goes away, worrying about your children. And today Leigh and Tegan chat about the extent that their parental …

Big Kids: When It's Time To Hand Your Kids The Bug Spray

March 13th, 2020

18:20

There's a spider or cockroach in your kids' bedroom and you're bloody terrified of them. Do you help them get it out or do you leave them to deal with it? 

And everyone knows what a man cave is, but what about …

Little Kids: Poop Glorious Poop

March 8th, 2020

20:56

As soon as you become a parent, the things that once grossed you out become every day occurrences... Like a pooey nappy.

Today Leigh and Tegan chat all about the sh*t time that is toilet training. 

Plus we chat to …

Big Kids: How To Raise A Good Man

March 5th, 2020

22:13

Holly and Andrew chat to author Rob Sturrock about his new book and how to raise boys in a #MeToo era. 

Plus we've found a cheeky little trick to …

Little Kids: It's Time To Make At-Home Play Fun

March 1st, 2020

19:23

One of the most frustrating things as a parent can be a rainy day when there's nothing to do with the kids.

Today Leigh and Tegan chat about all the best activities you can do with your kids at home. 

Plus we chat to an …

Big Kids: Boys, It's Ok To Wee Sitting Down

February 27th, 2020

18:42

Holly and Andrew have another listener dilemma on their hands, this time from a Mum who's son is getting bullied for going to the toilet sitting …

Little Kids: What Happens If Your Relationship Breaks Down?

February 23rd, 2020

20:29

No one plans for their relationship to end, but sometimes it's unavoidable and sometimes it happens when there are kids involved and that's what …

Big Kids: Sorry, Kids, You're Off To Grandma's Again

February 20th, 2020

18:58

Should you force your kids to hang out with their grandparents, even if they're saying they don't want to?

Plus, teacher Gabbie Stroud pops up to …

Little Kids: Is Breast Or Fed Best?

February 16th, 2020

20:14

Breastfeeding can be one of the hardest skills to learn when you're a new Mum, but if you've struggled with it, you're not alone. Today Leigh and Tegan share their breastfeeding experiences, and unsurprisingly they …

Big Kids: The Politics Of A Birthday Party

February 14th, 2020

23:24

Birthday parties are supposed to be a happy and fun time for kids, but they can come with a few stresses and a LOT of politics. 

Today Holly and …

Little Kids: How To Choose The Right Daycare For Your Child

February 9th, 2020

19:18

Putting your little ones into daycare can really tug at the heartstrings.  So how do you find somewhere you're happy to leave them?  Are you supposed to sign them up before they're born?  And what questions are you …

Big Kids: Grandad Falls Asleep When He Watches The Kids

February 7th, 2020

27:34

With daycare being expensive no matter where you go these days, plenty of parents are using family members to fill the gap.  But one of our listener's has emailed in a dilemma about a father-in-law who's napping on the …

Little Kids: So You've Got A Fussy Eater

February 2nd, 2020

20:10

It can be as stressful as it can be fun when it comes to introducing your kids to food.  So Leigh and Tegan are chatting all about it, from fussy …

Big Kids: Help! I Don't Know If I Like My Kid

January 31st, 2020

28:13

It's a question we don't expect to come from a parent...."Do I like my kid?"  But today Holly and Andrew chat about a mum whose son isn't very nice …

Little Kids: Maggie Dent Knows Why Your Toddler Chucks Tantrums

January 26th, 2020

22:03

The Terrible Twos, a Threenager or even the Fournado.  There are a lot of ways to describe the phases kids go through at different ages and today Leigh and Tegan are chatting about them all. 

Plus Maggie Dent tells us …

Big Kids: The Qualifications A Fancy Babysitter Needs In 2020

January 24th, 2020

29:02

WE'RE BACK... And Holly and Andrew are back to their usual antics for 2020.

Today, we're chatting about an outrageous list of requirements a parent …

Little Kids: The Baby 'Stuff' You'll Actually Use

January 19th, 2020

20:45

Welcome to 2020!

Having a newborn is an overwhelming time without having to worry about a giant list of baby stuff you THINK you need.   Today Leigh and Tegan share their best baby products that'll actually be worth …

Your Starting High School Survival Guide

January 16th, 2020

12:00

It's one of the most daunting times for both parents and kids, the transition between primary school and high school. 

In this bonus episode, Holly …

A Teacher Who Knows How To Get Your Kid Ready For School

January 9th, 2020

15:24

It's less than a month until kids are heading back to school.

And if your child is starting school for the first time this year, this special bonus …

Do You Know How To Keep Your Kids Safe On Screens?

January 1st, 2020

48:04

This is a special bonus episode of an interview Mia Freedman did with cybersafety expert Kirra Pendergast.

Kirra has visited schools all over …

The Ultimate Family Holiday Car Quiz

December 29th, 2019

19:06

In this special bonus episode, Holly and Andrew are here with the ultimate road trip quiz. 

We take you through a 2019 themed general knowledge quiz.

Big Kids: The Flow Chart That Will Help You Survive This Christmas

December 20th, 2019

32:23

Well, another year has come to an end and now the crazy holiday period ensues.
But, this year will be different.

Holly and Andrew have found a …

Recommendations: Just All The Best Family Shows For The Holidays

December 17th, 2019

14:51

School holidays are upon us and we know that it can be really hard trying keep the kids entertained. 

That's why we've come up with this list of the …

Little Kids: How Postnatal Depression Can Affect The Whole Family

December 16th, 2019

20:55

Just a heads up that today's episode deals with postnatal anxiety and depression. If this brings up anything for you please call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Postnatal depression affects up to one in seven new mums and one in …

Big Kids: Kids And Teens And Drugs And Alcohol

December 13th, 2019

31:27

It's officially the silly season, and into festival season as well, which means your kids are more likely to be in the presence of drugs and alcohol. 

Little Kids: So, How Many Kids Should We Have?

December 9th, 2019

19:32

It's always a question when it comes to having kids... How many??

We know that every family is different and have different situations, so Leigh and Tegan open up about their family planning and how it didn't quite go to …

Big Kids: The Aussie Parents Raising Babies In A Bus

December 6th, 2019

27:48

It seems like a far off dream for most parents to just pack up your whole life and family and just take off on the road. But today Holly chats to a …

Little Kids: How The Hell Do You Have Sex After Kids?

December 2nd, 2019

18:55

You might be in a similar boat to us and asking 'where did my libido go?' Well we've got good news, it's not lost! 

Tegan and Leigh chat with sex therapist and relationship coach Jacqueline Hellyer to get as many tips …

Big Kids: The Questions Every Teenager Wants To Ask Their Parents

November 29th, 2019

36:38

You know those questions you always wanted to ask your parents when you were a teenager? 
Like; Am I REALLY your favourite? Or, What secrets did you …

Little Kids: How Megan Gale Navigated Grief And Parenting

November 25th, 2019

21:41

Unfortunately the world doesn't stop turning when you become a parent. And that means sometimes you have to deal with grief or big life events while you have a baby. 

In this episode Leigh and Tegan share how they got …

Big Kids: When Your 10-Year-Old Changes The World

November 22nd, 2019

33:29

Are warrior kids born, or made?

Holly Wainwright catches up with Jules Steer, whose 11-year-old daughter, Molly, is championing the #StrawNoMore …

Little Kids: Tiffiny Hall On Mum's 'Bouncing Back'

November 18th, 2019

19:18

The post-baby bod Instagram post is a part of something that's quickly becoming an epidemic. Every where you look there's talk of Mum's bouncing back after having kids, and to be honest, we're not having it anymore. 

On …

Big Kids: Ok, What Actually Is Tik Tok?

November 15th, 2019

30:13

Today Andrew and Holly chat about the 'hands-off' parenting trend and whether it's just plain old parenting with a fancy name?

Holly sits down with an …

Little Kids: What Is Safe Sleeping?

November 11th, 2019

21:34

It's the thing that most new parents dread... The 4 month sleep regression, and if you haven't heard of it, welcome to parenting! 

Today on the show Leigh and Tegan chat about their experiences with sleep, sleep training …

Introducing: That's Incredible

November 8th, 2019

23:25

Hey Messers! We know you've got kids and you're always looking for ways to keep them entertained so we wanted to introduce you to a brand new podcast that we've created to help you do that...That's Incredible.

Hosted by …

Big Kids: Help, My Just-Teen Is Bullying Me!

November 8th, 2019

33:05

So what happens when your teen is so critical of you, you're feeling actually bullied? A listener asks Holly and Andrew about that very thing.

Plus …

Little Kids: Laura Byrne's Tips For Taking Your Newborn Overseas

November 4th, 2019

21:08

At some point in your parenting life, you're probably going to want to take the kids on a holiday. So what's the best way to be prepared?

In this …

Big Kids: Do You Really Have To Spend 'One-On-One Time' With Each Kid?

November 1st, 2019

27:44

Today on the show we discover which one of our hosts, Holly or Andrew, has to beg their kids to spend one-on-one time with them and who gets ample. 

Little Kids: Sam Wood On How To Be An Involved Dad

October 28th, 2019

21:14

No matter what your relationship or family looks like, whether you're a single Mum or a same sex couple, the fact is, you need a man to make a baby.

So today Leigh and Tegan are chatting about Dads.More specifically; …

Big Kids: Are French Kids Better Behaved Than Aussie Kids?

October 25th, 2019

30:22

Welcome to the refreshed TGM!

Today Holly chats to Emilie Lefebvre, a French mum of three. She's going to shed some light on European parenting and …

Little Kids: Everything You Ever Wanted To Ask A Midwife

October 21st, 2019

20:29

Welcome to TGM Little Kids!!

Because today is our first episode we thought we'd start at the very beginning.  So, our hosts Leigh and Tegan, are sharing their very different birth stories.

And they call up The Midwife …

A Different Way To Do 'Date Nights'

October 18th, 2019

30:29

Date nights can be a major part of keeping the romance in a relationship, and Holly and Andrew have a few different suggestions for how you can …

Why Your Kids Need An "Aunty" Who's Not Their Aunty

October 11th, 2019

32:13

Being an honorary "aunty" is a very prestigious role. But is it also essential for your kid to have adults outside of their blood family that they …

We're Expecting...

October 6th, 2019

1:10

We have some exciting news to share with out 'This Glorious Mess' family. 

Our TGM family is growing and we're expecting a new little sibling! 

From the 21st of October you can join Mamamia's Leigh Campbell and the …

Here's How To Talk To Kids About Climate Anxiety

October 4th, 2019

25:16

With Climate Strikes to the left of us and Greta Thunberg to the right, it can be hard to know exactly how to chat to your kids about climate change. 

Do You Have To Hire A Tutor To Be A Good Parent?

September 27th, 2019

31:39

This week Holly has a confession about that Fail when her teeth met her son's finger a little too... enthusiastically.

Also, why has tutoring become …

The One Skill Every Kid Is Going To Need To Succeed In 2020

September 20th, 2019

29:39

On today's show Holly and Andrew chat about the one thing, according to a Stanford psychology expert, that your kids need to be taught... …

Mums Need To Flex Their 'No Muscle'

September 13th, 2019

40:05

The Modern Mumma herself, Mel Watts, is filling the shoes of Andrew Daddo this week, and her and Holly are getting straight to business. 

We chat …

Middle Children Are Whingers For A Reason

September 6th, 2019

25:50

Is middle child syndrome a real thing? According to our very own middle child, Mr Daddo himself, yes! 

Holly and Andrew also chat about how to get …

A Dad Is Not Mum's Assistant

August 30th, 2019

38:06

Happy Father's Day!

This week Holly puts Andrew to the test, with a quick quiz to see if he REALLY does do as much around the house as his wife Jacqui.

It’s True, Parenting Is Bad For Your Face

August 23rd, 2019

34:29

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

40:03

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

19:09

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

33:40

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

19:42

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

32:23

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

36:38

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

30:18

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

32:07

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

32:30

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

34:47

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

29:11

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

39:59

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

35:14

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

31:39

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

43:33

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

36:43

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

36:39

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

31:33

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

28:23

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

31:28

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

26:47

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

26:57

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

26:13

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

26:40

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

29:45

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 dilemma...how do you talk to your kids about …

TRAVEL BONUS: The Best Destinations For Families

March 23rd, 2019

25:18

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

25:49

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

18:22

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

29:04

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

24:53

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

28:25

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

24:48

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

28:24

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

23:11

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

33:23

'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

26:05

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

19:47

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

26:10

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

30:44

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

17:28

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

34:40

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

21:34

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

34:19

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

21:59

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

32:18

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

22:19

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

25:10

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

27:28

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

30:22

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

25:31

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

25:30

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

34:24

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

26:13

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

26:51

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

27:38

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

29:29

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

25:18

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

23:50

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

35:00

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

25:06

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

27:46

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

30:12

LISTEN TO MIA'S NO FILTER WITH LUCY PEACH 

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

24:57

WHERE TO DONATE YOUR SECOND-HAND BABY GEAR

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

23:21

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

33:08

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

29:53

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

25:25

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

28:39

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

34:11

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

26:19

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

28:51

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

32:27

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

28:06

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

29:45

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

28:45

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

24:49

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

28:48

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

29:38

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

32:00

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

29:55

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

28:00

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

27:16

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

29:25

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

22:30

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

21:10

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

21:38

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

37:50

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

26:36

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

1:15

Subscribe to Ask Me Anything here: https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/ask-me-anything/id1353590914?mt=2 

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

29:44

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

48:10

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

37:44

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

18:02

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

44:37

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

17:13

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

42:07

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

37:59

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

44:40


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

25:56

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

27:39

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

32:33

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

40:29

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

38:42

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

25:54

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

37:23

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

17:59

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

34:57

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

37:16

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

35:36

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

33:54

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

35:00

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

40:10

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

35:16

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

39:29

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

41:49

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

42:17

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

41:03

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

31:14

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

30:07

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

39:07

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

36:21

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

33:41

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

35:57

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

34:24

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

31:57

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

32:57

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

29:44

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

30:28

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

30:48

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

30:34

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

35:30

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

38:43

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

34:28

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

26:02

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

34:05

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

27:10

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

36:54

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

34:04

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

43:11

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

36:06

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

33:00

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

39:06

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

35:45

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

37:43

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

27:33

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

36:15

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

32:25

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

38:40

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

23:35

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

1:40:02

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

35:09

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

34:46

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

1:10

...and dads....Mamamia is working on a new podcast and we need your stories.

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Or send an email to podcast@mamamia.com.au

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

January 13th, 2017

37:04

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

23:45

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

34:40

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

32:36

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

29:21

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

30:49

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

30:51

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

32:39

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

32:45

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

26:31

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

23:55

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

23:59

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

28:15

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

27:59

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

35:52

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

28:03

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

29:37

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

32:34

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

36:59

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

37:06

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

46:39

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

48:44

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

42:45

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

33:21

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

41:42

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

45:27

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

24:25

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

25:39

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

31:45

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

18:15

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

34:54

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

32:06

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

34:48

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

34:29

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

36:40

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

16:01

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

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

36:12

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

32:43

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

31:48

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

40:32

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

34:45

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

33:44

"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

30:23

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

29:58

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

32:02

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

36:53

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

30:02

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

37:39

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 change.org petition. Maybe that will …

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

February 25th, 2016

32:47

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

31:59

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

31:08

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

33:50

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

36:25

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

13:00

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

40:53

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

21:18

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

34:37

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

33:00

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

35:51

 

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

37:22

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

32:13

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

30:03

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

32:50

 

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

37:48

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

37:13

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

33:08

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

29:46

*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

37:10

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

29:52

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

29:34

 

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

29:14

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

36:44

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

31:56

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

44:39

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

27:04

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

42:45

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

35:57

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

45:09

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

32:37

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

33:56

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

32:48

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

33:10

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

35:21

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

26:57
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

40:07

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

34:25

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

40:32

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

28:20

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

28:29

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

43:14

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

27:45

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

32:30

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

37:12

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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