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The perfect Wollongong / Illawarra party venue no matter the weather - rain, hail or shine!

  Vennu  Thu 5 December 19

Outdoor party planned and weather looks BAD!? Whether it’s a torrential down pour or temperatures above 30, sometimes you need an alternative to the park. So we are super excited to bring to..

It's official. Having kids = skin havoc! Effective treatments for every mum skin drama - that actually work

  Dr Jemima Grant - Owner and Manager of Thrive Skin Clinic  Thu 5 December 19

Christmas is fast approaching! The team at Thrive Skin Clinic (https://www.thriveskinclinic.com.au/) have prepared some advice for you on what treatment options and home care products you..

​MORE amazing news for Gong mums / mums to be, as we gain another female, experienced, woman-focused OBGYN!

  Jenny Henderson  Mon 2 December 19

Great news for Illawarra ladies, parents and parents to be! The beauty of our region is attracting some serious talent in the medical world... Here at Parents Guide Illawarra, we are passiona..

“It’s thanks to this doctor that I have my kids, sanity and now live pain free’. Wollongong Mum shares her 16 year fertility journey....

  Jenny Henderson  Mon 18 November 19

Too many women suffer in silence through the topsy turvy, fraught journey through fertility, miscarriage, birth and subsequent gynaecological issues. It is our choice with whom we share this ..

The kids 'fun place' in Wollongong that parents love the best! Our favourite 5 things at this interactive, educational FUN space found here in the Illawarra...

  Jenny Henderson  Thu 14 November 19

It's a little quirky, fully immersive, fabulously educational and strangely addictive... For ages 3 through to tweens, teens to grandparents there is something a little mind blowing for every..

'Exceeding' Quality Early Education and Care Centre Opening in North Wollongong in Jan 2020! You'll want to know about this one...

  Jenny Henderson  Thu 14 November 19

Great news from Parents Guide Illawarra... There is a new Kids' Uni long day care centre in Town! Parents of Illawarra pre-schoolers will be celebrating this gorgeous, unique centre with a..

Illawarra parents – why it feels HARDER to parent now more than ever!

  Jenny Henderson  Wed 30 October 19

Modern-day parenting, ah we LOVE IT! Mix up this crazy-making combo of: -Supremely high cost of living, financial pressures and both parents often working; -The breakdown of the ‘vill..

Rainbow Illawarra! Diversity, Inclusion and LGBTIQ community needs met by a local Wollongong Medical Practice

  Jenny Henderson  2410/2019

Here at Parents Guide Illawarra, we love to celebrate our diverse community. We wish for the health and happiness of every single community member. So, we got just a little bit excited (well v..

Shellharbour Montessori Pre-School Anniversary - inspiring 'a love of learning' that can serve our kids for life.

  Jenny Henderson & Guest Author Carey Nelson   Thu 24 October 19

As more and more evidence based research is revealing, children's attendance at a quality pre-school, really does help them emotionally and academically flourish at school too. So, this October, w..

Why Middle School? The case for Illawarra kids who really can benefit from Middle School...

  Ben Carden - Guest Author - Cedars Christian College  Mon 14 October 19

The case for Middle School! Primary school direct into High School mean our kids move from from being the biggest fish in the secure confines of a primary school pond, into being a small fish ..

Kids Party Planning on a Budget, Affordable Venues in the Illawarra!

  Jenny Henderson  Mon 7 October 19

IT'S PARTY TIME!! What busy parent doesn't love the time consuming challenge of arranging and hosting a beautiful kids birthday party!? If outsourcing the paaaartay fun to a venue who pr..

How to buy Property with your Super - Wollongong SMSF expert shares advice...

  Jenny Henderson  Sun 6 October 19

Thinking about investing in property with your super? Here is some sage advice shared from a Self Managed Super Fund Specialist from Wollongong… Here at Parents Guide Illawarra, one of..

7 year old boy saves life of Wollongong mum, twice.

  Jenny Henderson  Sun 6 October 19

Sunday, October long weekend. A typical family day of pottering and gardening for one family in Wollongong. Little did they know the actions of their seven year old boy that day, would save th..

Our vulnerable Illawarra children. The kids in crisis, what can be done?

  Shannon Kendrick - Guest Author  Tue 1 October 19

As parents ourselves, we only ever want to keep our children safe, secure and happy. The vulnerability and innocence of a baby or child is one we feel compelled to protect and nurture. Yet, a..

Where do Kids Eat FREE near me in Wollongong and the Illawarra - click here to find out!

  Jenny Henderson  Thu 26 September 19

It's getting towards witching hour, the house is ruined, tempers are fraying and even worse, the fridge looks more bare than a newborn's bottom. Fear not! Here at Parents Guide Illawarra, we h..

Your kids teeth, jaw and bite - what every parent can check for (and it can save you thousands)

  Dr Kamal Ahmed - Specialist Wollongong Orthodontist  Tue 17 September 19

No-one tells us parents that upon birthing our glorious bundle of joy, that we must immediately start a savings account for their teeth dramas in later life. But for parents facing costly bra..

Baby Capsule versus Baby Car Seat - get convenience, best safety features and save money!

  Angela Lowe - Authorised Capsule / Car Restraint Fitter  Thu 12 September 19

No doubt about it, baby capsules are amazing. BUT they are expensive. Read on and we can show you how to get the best baby capsule with a fab safety rating but without the mega price tag att..

Local GP Helps Women Thrive!

  Jenny Henderson  Mon 2 September 19

Finding the time for a breast check and pap test is hard. Maybe it’s the thought of sitting in an overcrowded waiting room, surrounded by sick kids that puts me off. Maybe it’s that I also hav..

Supporting ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) families with early invention programs. Where Illawarra parents can turn when they’ve received an ASD diagnosis.

  Jenny Henderson  Mon 26 August 19

It is estimated that one child is diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) every four hours but the support and understanding so desperately needed after diagnosis, is not always easy to f..

What Illawarra School is right for your child? Why Experience Days are amazing to help you decide!

  Jenny Henderson  Wed 21 August 19

AHHH! How do we know what school will be right for our child? It is a question many Illawarra parents face, and ultimately, if you're in a position to choose a school for your child's uni..

How Corrimal is leading the way for ASD families in the Illawarra

  Naomi Cotterill  Sun 25 July 19

Whether you’re a family who experiences ASD first hand or have experience through the wider community, you’ll know the unique challenges it can present. It is estimated that one child is diagnosed..

Ladies, your periods after babies - what is normal and what is not?

  Guest Author - Gyneacologist Dr Tahrir Basheer  Sat 6 July 19

Ok, let's shake off the stigma of talking women's menstruation and periods IN PUBLIC! Our cycle of bleeding is the joy and wonders of being a woman. But for many it can be achingly painful an..

For Illawarra home owners - read this (you can thank us later!)

  Dylan Beer - Guest Author  Wed 3 July 19

Ohh interest rates have been cut! But what does this mean for Illawarra home owners? So, we asked the financial and mortgage broking experts at The Wealth Connection in Austinmer to let us k..

Have you done the Illawarra 'Top 10 FUN places to take the kids in 2019!?'

  Our Illawarra Kids - this is what they have to say...  Thu 4 July 19

Of course the Illawarra is like a big kid's playground with all our ocean, green spaces and escarpment to roam in. BUT, as the weather cools and it comes to dedicated kid's entertainment - here is..

Best family friendly dog walks across the Illawarra! Illawarra Dog Beaches, Walks and Dog Parks

  Jacky Stehr from The Canine Coach  Thu 6 June 19

Spend any time in the Illawarra and you will see that we LOVE our canine pals! Whether they are small, white fluffy ones, big, fat slobbery ones... Here at Parents Guide Illawarra, we see ..

Considering changing schools? Top 6 tips to ease the transition

  Geneva Clayton - Head of Junior School at TIGS  Thu 30 May 19

Congratulations you have a new job! Or bought a new house! Or your family has grown by one or two! Only problem is you will have to relocate and with that comes the need for your children to move ..

Parents of angry, emotional kids - THIS helps and NO, it's not an instant fix but it's like a long term SUPER POWER!

  Guest Author - Freya Dawson, author of Joyful Parenting  Mon 27 May 19

Firstly, parents, we salute you. We salute for you hanging in there whilst navigating the minefields of the toughest job on the planet - yup, parenting. We acknowledge that every parent ..

Why our kids NEED quality pre-school care - the Illawarra organisation influencing our children's future

  Jenny Henderson  Wed 15 May 19

Since 1981, one not for profit organisation based in the Illawarra, has actively campaigned for the rights of our local families and children. The evidence is all pointing to how critical qua..

Choosing to go private – What to expect when you’re expecting (at Wollongong Private Hospital)

  Naomi Cotterill  Mon 13 May 19

You’re pregnant! Hooray! Seeing those two pink lines pop up is possibly the ONLY time you’ll be ecstatic to essentially be holding your own pee. All jokes aside however, finding out you’re expecti..

Beautiful Art Studio in Woonona helping our kids create, wind down and love the arts!

  Jenny Henderson  Wed 24 April 19

Karen Stone, artist and art teacher has built her own beautiful Studio in Woonona where her art classes are becoming increasingly popular with the local Illawarra community. We think It's the..

Parents! Understand the NEW Digital Technologies Curriculum at school. What does it mean for your child?

  Naomi Cotteril  Wed 24 April 19

Just when you thought getting your head around maths homework was tough, in comes the brand new digital technologies curriculum to leave parents scratching their heads. Coding what? Minecraft..

Top Illawarra Cosmetic Surgeon shares why clients seek plastic and reconstructive surgery

  Jenny Henderson  Sun 21 April 19

I think most of us would agree - we live in and bring up our kids in an aesthetically obsessed society, where what we look like is a highly valued commodity. Social media only intensifies..

The SPECTACULAR Illawarra event (that EVERY family member loves) - don't call yourself a local unless you have been to this!

  Jenny Henderson  Wed 24 April 19

You cannot call yourself a true Illawarra local unless you attend this one event that attracts visitors from beyond our shores and Australia wide. It is a true phenomenon and one that HAS to ..

What I love about raising kids in the Illawarra

  Kate Mayhew - Guest Author  Mon 1 April 19

I was fortunate to grow up in the beautiful town of Kiama, not that I appreciated it at the time. I couldn’t wait to leave, spread my wings and hit the big smoke. After time travelling overseas an..

The Uprising - Illawarra Women driving innovation and a small business BOOM...

  Jenny Henderson  Tue 26 March 19

Opinion Piece... Like many, I moved down from Sydney a while back with my family to escape the city for a more affordable, relaxed and enjoyable lifestyle that the gorgeous Illawarra allows -..

FUN, FREE and CHEAP things to do with the kids in the Illawarra for $10 and UNDER!

  Jenny Henderson  Tue 19 March 19

It's that time of year... Anyone else feeling just, um, a little 'financially stretched' after the summer holidays!? Soooo, here is our Parents Guide Illawarra fabbo guide of free, cost ef..

How one Illawarra Mum is helping THOUSANDS of Mums in Ethiopia! We love her work...

  Kate Mayhew - Guest Author  Wed 13 March 19

How one Illawarra mums is helping thousands of mums in Ethiopia, and get this, it is when she shops online! “If the way I spend my money can have a positive impact on someone’s life, I'll..

Got the right doctor for you and your baby? What to expect from your 6 week check and your doctor when you become a parent!

  Jenny Henderson  Wed 6 March 19

If your experience is anything likes ours here at Parents Guide Illawarra, us parents spend a good chunk of 'quality time' at the doctors! Finding the right doctor that you feel comfortab..

Buying and Selling homes in the changing Illawarra Real Estate Market - insider insight and advice...

  Guest Author - Wendy Ristuccia  Fri 1 March 19

Is the Illawarra property market tanking!? Is now a good time to buy and/or sell!? We asked the highly experienced Wendy Ristuccia from Ray White in Thirroul for her top tips for both buyers a..

Pregnant? Check out this FREE new baby bundle you get in NSW - it's awesome!

  Jenny Henderson  Thu 28 February 19

You are pregnant? CONGRATS! We have some more lovely news for you - share this far and wide with your fellow 'up the duff' community in NSW! Courtesy of the $157M Parenting Package initiat..

Is Your Child Protected From Schoolyard Cyberbullying?

  Mrs Judi Nealy - Principal, The Illawarra Grammar School  Thu 6 December 18

2018 is the age of technology and connectivity! Our children are exposed to more technology and information than any generation in history. In today’s world, the average age a child starts being e..

Pregnancy / New Parent Special! The 4 things Midwives want you to know...

  Emma Gedge and Helen Donovan - Qualified Midwives from Nurture & Grow Midwifery Service  Tue 21 February 17

CONGRATULATIONS! You are likely reading this due to pregnancy or you've recently become a parent. It's also likely you've discovered early on that EVERYONE has an opinion on pregnancy, birthi..

Planning Your Baby's Naming Day Ceremony or Christening - all you need to consider!

  City Beach, Wollongong  Wed 23 January 19

Well, congratulations! Your beautiful bundle is here and it's time to celebrate their life in a way that is truly meaningful to you and your loved ones... At Parents Guide, we like to grill t..

MAGICAL DANCE! Wollongong local inspiring hundreds of our Illawarra kids!

  Jenny Henderson  Sat 12 January 19

Imagine this...…. a local dance teacher with 2 bachelors degrees in Psychology (Hons) and second in Education (Primary) , with an absolute love for dance and a dream for every child to expe..

Illawarra parents - claim your $100 Creative Kids Rebate - and see who you can spend it with!

  Jenny Henderson  Thu 17 January 19

Hey parents of school aged kids! Have you claimed your $100 Creative Kids rebate yet? We all know kids thrive off play and learning through being creative and just having fun, so yay that the..

8 things only an Illawarra parent would understand...

  Jenny Henderson  Thu 20 December 18

Dammit we LOVE the Illawarra!! Possibly the best place in the world to bring up the kids? At Parents Guide Illawarra, are we biased much? Noooo! However there are certain 'unique' aspects to l..

SNAKES in the Illawarra - advice to keep you and the kids safe! And it's surprising where they are found...

  Jenny Henderson  Wed 19 December 18

Take a breath, be brave, it's better to be informed, yes!? SNAKES IN THE ILLAWARRA... We have discovered some equally fascinating, startling and re-assuring snake stats, close to (your) home.... ..

The Ultimate Illawarra FUN Bucket List - which ones have you done with the kids!?

  Naomi Cotterill  Wed 12 December 18

We don’t mean to alarm anyone but the BIG holidays are almost upon us. Yep, 6 long weeks of quality time (think a solid 10-12 hours daily) spent with your kids. Now, we understand if that has you ..

Meet Dr David Greening – Illawarra Obstetrician and fertility specialist who is changing lives

  Naomi Cotterill  Wed 14 November 18

Obstetrics and gynaecology Meet Dr David Greening – Illawarra Obstetrician and fertility specialist... For those Illawarra couples and ladies struggling to conceive, we have some very good ne..

Parenting = one tough gig. An open letter to all parents... When raising kids, first place the oxygen mask over your own mouth.

  Katelyn Milevski & Jenny Henderson  Tue 13 November 18

"When raising kids: first place the oxygen mask over your own mouth" - Ed Rogers Parenting can be one tough gig. The love and sacrifice that we feel for our babies and children when i..

8 of the best, family friendly bushwalks in the Illawarra

  Naomi Cotterill  Mon 5 November 18

With the weather warming up, there’s nothing better than getting out and about and exploring our gorgeous area. While the beach is ALWAYS a good idea, sometimes you fancy a change. We are super, d..

​‘I am Woman Moving! Hear Me Roar!’ An uplifting blog dedicated to women who find time to...

  Guest Author - all things fitness and endorphins - Cindy @ Soul Fit  Thu 25 October 18

‘I am Woman Moving! Hear Me Roar!’ Women can achieve anything….right? (Men actually can too, but it’s not about them today.) This blog is dedicated to all the women out there who..

Dr Jodi Croft - Female Wollongong Obstetrician and Gynaecologist supporting and empowering women through pregnancy, birth and beyond

  Jenny Henderson  Tue 30 October 18

The Parents Guide team are all mums with 8 birth experiences between us. Despite our very different experiences of pregnancy, birth and parenthood, we are united on this: The importance and si..

That ongoing niggle that all is not right with your child...

  Dr Grace Kiiru - Australian Trained & Wollongong Based Paediatrician   Tue 30 October 18

Whether it's your newborn or your teen... parents know to trust their gut instinct. But while it’s one thing to trust your gut instinct, it’s another to know just where to go for help. ..

Parents of pre-schoolers, THIS is what helps our kids successfully 'Transition to School'

  Jenny Henderson  Wed 17 October 18

It can be an equally emotional and daunting time for both parent and child, preparing for 'big school'. New research is de-bunking some of the myths and misconceptions about what helps our ch..

4 things parents of children with behavioural issues NEED to know about Applied Behaviour Analysis

  Jenny Henderson  Thu 18 October 18

Parents of children with challenging behaviours know what it’s like to reach the end of their tether. To wonder HOW on earth they’re going to help their child after exhausting all the traditional ..

NEW Early Learning Centre opens in Illawarra - supporting school readiness!

  Jenny Henderson  Thu 20 September 18

Early Learning Centre opens in the Illawarra - dedicated to school readiness! Our little ones are amazing, just the way they are! We also know that for our children to thrive in life, they ne..

Child Care Affordability! Discover how some parents are balancing the costs...

  Jenny Henderson  Thu 13 September 18

Affordable child care? It’s the dream! But sadly, sometimes it’s more of a fantasy than a reality… Parents Illawarra wide will be all too-familiar with the juggle that comes with tryin..

What no-one tells you before you have a baby! Dealing with the tougher stuff...

  Briony Goodsell  Wed 5 September 18

What no-one tells you before you have a baby. Dealing with the loneliness and a sense of overwhelm... 4 key things that will help you! The Parents Guide team are all Illawarra mums and in tot..

Meet Dr Kothari - The Wollongong Obstetrician/Gynaecologist changing the face of gynaecological care for women in the Illawarra

  Naomi Cotterill   Mon 3 September 18

Meet Dr Kothari... The Obstetrician/Gynaecologist changing the face of gynaecological care for women in the Illawarra... When you ask Dr Dharmesh Kothari (http://www.wollongongobgy.com...

This unique event that Sydney-siders flock down for - did you know about it?

  Jenny Henderson  Tue 21 August 18

The unique event that Sydneysiders flock down for – but do YOU know about it? EXPERIENCE SITEWORKS! WHERE NATURE, LEARNING, ARTS, SCIENCE AND CAMPING COLLIDE… The annual Bundan..

Illawarra Kids Birthday Party Venues & Entertainment - the best of guide!

  Katelyn Milevski  Wed 26 September 18

At Parents Guide Illawarra, we are here to tell you that organising your child's birthday party - no matter how big or small - can actually be a fun, easy, exciting and budget-friendly exercise fo..

The Playhouse - the new creative space where our Illawarra kids can find their own groove!

  Naomi Cotterill  Wed 15 August 18

Psssst! Have you heard about The Playhouse (https://www.the-playhouse.com.au/)? No? If you’ve got a creative little soul or quirky character on your hands, then you might want to turn your ears fi..

Great news for primary school aged kids from Wollongong, Keiraville, Gywnneville, Balgownie, Mount Pleasant, Towradgi, E.Corrimal, Fairy Meadow & Mount Pleasant!

  Jenny Henderson  Thu 9 August 18

Wow, parents of Wollongong and surrounding suburbs can celebrate with a great win for their primary school kids... North Wollongong's Innovation Campus is home to a unique facility for our Pr..

Mums, Dads, Carers! What 'My Health Record' means for your family AND what you need to do

  Ashley Puljic  Wed 8 August 18

Firstly, what is My Health Record? My Health Record is an individual’s safe and secure digital health information, easily accessible by their doctors, specialists and hospitals. My Health..

9 Healthy, Hip Eateries for Families

  Jenny Henderson  Sun 15 July 18

You’ve probably spotted them around town. Those hip and happening people who make facial hair, flanno and their grandfathers brogues look good. Yep, the Illawarra has become a hipster haven...

The Ultimate 'Facial' for the Busy Mama!? And you can find in the Illawarra (and do it in thirty mins!)

  Naomi Cotterill  Thu 28 June 18

The ultimate facial for the busy mama!? No really, it takes 30mins only and after you may be reminded of how you skin used to look before the kids stole your sleep, check this out… As..

BOOB SPECIAL! What happens to your breasts after babies...

  Naomi Cotterill  Wed 13 June 18

The Boob Special. What happens to boobs after babies… Be it breastfeeding or bikini shopping, showering with your little one or bemoaning the forces of gravity, chances are good you’v..

Keep Your Tribe Entertained This Winter! Lovely family friendly ideas and fun things to do locally

  Naomi Cotterill   Thu 31 May 18

Fab ways to keep your tribe entertained this winter... Every Illawarra parent has been there. It’s 4.30pm on a June afternoon. You’re at the park and you suddenly realise that it’s dark...

Romantic Nights Away For Parents - your best local romantic / luxury couple accommodation!

  Jenny Henderson (and yes I loved researching this one!)  Wed 18 July 18

Ah parents... Whether you have babies or older kids - your relationship with your partner can fall to the wayside as your delightful bundles of joy demand their needs get met first. Meetin..

Busting the myths about before and after school care (so you can drop the guilt)

  Jenny Henderson  Tue 1 May 18

How much fun is mum guilt, said no parent ever! Yes, #mumguilt is a real thing. It starts pretty much the moment you pop out your first baby and seemingly NEVER ENDS. In the early days, it w..

Choosing the right newborn photographer - some lovely advice!

  Rebecca Jones - Guest Author  Thu 10 May 18

Hi there expectant Mums & Dad’s of The Illawarra Are you preparing to welcome a beautiful little bundle into your family? Perhaps your first newborn baby or even your third, if you are co..

Embracing a diagnosis of Autism in a child - 6 things to know

  Anonymous Mum  29th March 2018

Embracing a diagnosis of Autism in a child - 6 lovely and helpful things to know... To acknowledge World Autism (and Acceptance!) Day on 2nd April 2018, we interviewed a local Mum about her e..

Illawarra school giving hope to families of children with learning difficulties

  Suzanne Mammone - Guest Author from The Illawarra Grammar School  Wed 14 March 18

Illawarra school giving hope to families of children with learning difficulties. Most parents would agree that supporting and guiding a child through their years at school is not always smoot..

Amazing news for Illawarra parents with new borns and under two's!

  Jenny Henderson  Mon 5 February 18

The adjustment to being a parent is well, how can we best put it? Overwhelming: full of intense love, responsibility and joy but yet totally crazy making!? However gracefully (or not!) y..

If your health goals taken an unscheduled mini-vacay lately. It's OK! Read this..

  Cindy Urquhart - Guest Author on all things 'mum and fitness'  Wed 17 January 18

Well, I blame summer. Oooooh yes, summer - you seductive, balmy wonder of nature you; taunting us relentlessly with your warmth; caressing our backs with rays of golden light; smiling down on us w..

A 'Best Of' for Beach Bums! Your Family Friendly Beach Guide - Illawarra & South Coast

  Katelyn Milevski  1 January, 2018 (updated 6 November, 2018)

One particularly humid morning during the recent start to the school holidays, my permanently early riser of a son (almost 6 years of age), begged me at 7am in the morning to take him to the beach..

Best ways to help children who are ABOVE a healthy weight

  Danielle Louis - Health Promotion Officer - NSW Health  Fri 22 December 17

Seeing a child experience the anguish of being overweight in our bodily obsessed society, is hard. It's not just the health risks that come with being overweight. Often children above a healt..

Illawarra Parents - how to save up to $3,000 on your child's braces!

  Ana Butragueno - Qualified Wollongong Dentist and Fastbraces Provider  Wed 13 December 17

It is the $7,000* question most parents with 9-13 year old children DREAD. Does my child need braces? According to stats from Orthodontics Australia, on average, traditional braces can ..

What the!? The M.L.L.M way of life - why it's awesome for mums (no lemons are actually required)

  Guest Author - Cindy from Envie Fitness Woonona  Thu 23 November 17

The M.L.L.M way of life. What mums need to know! When life throws you lemons, please don’t make lemonade. Who could be bothered? Who’s got the spare time? Not us! We have a different ..

Kids Halloween Ideas... Easy, safer, low cost and FUN!

  Jenny Henderson  Thu 18 October 18

Halloween with young kids... The time of year where crafty mums and dads excel (yay you, I WISH I was part of your tribe) and the rest of us are left with that sinking, pressured 'how do we make t..

Marital bliss after kids - PAH! But here are interesting ways to keep you united as a couple after kids...

  Jenny Henderson  Tue 10 October 17

Let us cut straight to the chase here... Babies and children add significant burden and strain onto a couple's relationship... Here are some large factors that may be eating away at your conte..

Why baby, toddler & kids classes / extra-curricular activities are GREAT! Just don't fall foul of these 4 things...

  Jenny Henderson  5//10/2017

'The overscheduled child' 'Kids nowadays have too much screen time and not enough time roaming in nature' 'The Helicopter parent' 'Your child needs more quality time with just you t..

Finding the RIGHT childcare centre or pre-school, 3 critical things to look for!

  Taesha Duley-Smith - Guest Author  Thu 12 October 17

We know it so very well, the emotional wrench when the time comes to leave your child in the care of others... The tugging in your chest as you walk away... Combine that with the challenge of ..

Best-ever tips for communicating with teens

  Maggie Dent - Guest Author  Tue 26 September 17

Best-ever tips for communicating with teens By Maggie Dent After teaching, counselling and living with teens for 40 years, I have worked out some of the things that can improve our cap..

School Holiday Survival Guide! 5 strategies for a happy holiday...

  Jenny Henderson  Sat 23 September 17

School holidays... Take a breath, we have some great ways to manage sibling fighting, the mega demands, and the adjustment to lack of routine - helping you manage the juggle! Parents Guide Il..

Helping your child manage BIG emotions - reassuring advice from Illawarra Psychologist...

  Helen Booth - Psychologist and Guest Author from Walk Different Psychology, Wollongong  Thu 21 September 17

I think most of us parents have been there... Seeing our child go into a huge destructive meltdown as they become overwhelmed by their emotions. When it's bad, people and possessions can get hurt...

The secret weapon for mums (and you can find it in Wollongong!)

  Jenny Henderson  Fri 8 September 17

The 24/7 life of a mum. Whether you are expecting, have your hands full of squashy baby love, poo and nappies, are wrangling toddlers, or watching your children individuality emerge through th..

Send your kids to the Illawarra Circus - no really you can, the benefits are amazing!!

  Jenny Henderson  Wed 6 September 17

Circus once had a poor reputation but recent research has found significant and surprising benefits for kids who do circus training! And, if you are Illawarra based, we have great news for y..

Dear Body...

  Cindy Urqhart   Wed 30 August 17

A Love Letter to my Body Dear Body, I really don’t think I appreciate you, or remind you nearly enough on important matters, like how much I respect you. This love letter is a..

Your family’s financial future! The surprising things we NEED to take into account and often don't...

  Dylan Martin - Qualified Financial Adviser  Thu 24 August 17

As a dad of three kids (7 and under) I have walked a mile in your shoes... The sleep deprivation. The child care & after school care runs. The debt conundrum, fun crazy times and try..

Best gated playgrounds in Illawarra! Release your tribe in safety and take a breath!

  Naomi Cotterill  Tue 22 August 17

The best gated playgrounds in the Illawarra... We’ve all been there. Desperate to get the kids out of the house (and even more so, desperate for a caffeine hit) but full of fear at the poten..

The significant benefits of before and after school care (why parents can drop any GUILTS!)

  Jenny Henderson  Tue 25 July 17

Hey you, busy parent! I will make this short and sweet, as it's likely you are mighty busy juggling work, life and being a parent - plus maybe even attending to your own needs occasionally! ;)..

Why the life of a mum is like... what, did you say 'Theme Park'!?

  Guest Author - Cindy Urquhart  Tue 18 July 17

Sound like a tenuous link? Well, I just want to reassure any parent facing turbulent times that you are NOT alone in your bumpy ride. Read on and you’ll get what I am saying and how bes..

The awesome benefits of choosing the right sporting or fun classes for your child!

  Jenny Henderson  Wed 12 July 17

Oh, it's not always easy to choose the right extra curricular activity for your child! To start however, here are some benefits of enrolling your child in a term's or season's worth of classe..

Preparing your child for KINDY! What you can do NOW to give them the best start

  Kathryn McMahon - Experienced Kindergarten Teacher   Mon 10 July 17

Your little one at big school! It's one of the most significant changes in their life to date. It's an adjustment that both parent and child have to navigate and for the first time, navigate witho..

Is your family eligible for $100 'Active Kids Rebate'?

  Jenny Henderson  Sun 9 July 17

Highly likely it's a yes as it won't be means tested! From 1st January 2018, the Active Kids Rebate will help NSW families meet the cost of getting their kids into sport and fitness act..

10 Ways to Boost Your Childs Immune System...

  Lisa Moane - Guest Author  Mon 3 July 17

10 WAYS TO BOOST YOUR CHILD’S IMMUNE SYSTEM! Now that winter is well and truly upon us (in the Southern hemisphere at least), I’m hearing from lots of mums and dads who’d like to boost ..

Why pregnant ladies and mums of the Illawarra can rejoice - this is GREAT news!

  Jenny Henderson  Mon 3 July 17

Parents Guide Illawarra has some really positive news for all local women, particularly those who have recently discovered they are pregnant, or any mum who is struggling with the brutal impact of..

Mums! How to do this 'self care' thing...

  Guest Author - Briony Goodsell  Fri 23 June 17

As a mama, it’s so easy to put yourself on the bottom of your list of priorities. We are made to feel ‘guilty’ if we think of ourselves or dare do something that is just for us, not for ..

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