433 episodes

A twice-weekly look at parenting as it truly is: confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of surprises. Join Tegan Natoli and Leigh Campbell for This Glorious Mess Little Kids on Monday's. And Andrew Daddo and Holly Wainwright for This Glorious Mess Big Kids on Friday's. It's all the disasters and delights of parenting with a healthy dose of advice from our trusted experts.

This Glorious Mess Mamamia

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.7 • 980 Ratings

A twice-weekly look at parenting as it truly is: confusing, exhausting, inspiring, funny, and full of surprises. Join Tegan Natoli and Leigh Campbell for This Glorious Mess Little Kids on Monday's. And Andrew Daddo and Holly Wainwright for This Glorious Mess Big Kids on Friday's. It's all the disasters and delights of parenting with a healthy dose of advice from our trusted experts.

    Little Kids: How To Make Mealtime Less Boring

    Little Kids: How To Make Mealtime Less Boring

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

    We all love dinner time, but trying to get our kids to love it is a whole other story. So is there any way to make mealtime fun for you and your little ones?

    This week Tegan and Leigh are joined by Amina Elshafei, a pediatric nurse and former Masterchef contestant. Amina shares her best tips for creating meals that the whole family will enjoy and how to get the kids helping out in the kitchen. 

    Plus, Babyproofing. Is there a good way to it, without it looking, well... ugly?

    LINKS

    You can catch Amina on That's Incredible!

    RECOMMENDATIONS

    Leigh: Reusable Silicone Food Bags

    Tegan: Musicals! 

    CREDITS

    Host: Leigh Campbell & Tegan Natoli

    Guest: Amina Elshafei 

    Producers: Mikayla Floriano

    CONTACT US

    Share your listener dilemmas with us! Leave us a message on 02 8999 9386.

    Send us an email at tgm@mamamia.com.au

    Looking for a community of like-minded parents?  Join our Mamamia Parents Facebook Page... https://www.facebook.com/groups/1047713658714395/ 

    Want a weekly parenting newsletter from Holly Wainwright? Sign up here... https://www.mamamia.com.au/newsletter/ 

    Looking for other podcasts to listen to? You'll find all our Mamamia shows at https://mamamia.com.au/podcasts/

    Mamamia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we have recorded this podcast on, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.  

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 23 min
    Big Kids: What Kind Of Kid Have You Raised?

    Big Kids: What Kind Of Kid Have You Raised?

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

    The science kids vs the artsy kids, it's an age-old debate. But what if we have been looking at it all wrong? 

    What if instead of grouping our kids into two groups we saw creativity as crucial to solving STEM-based problems? 

    Holly and Andrew are joined by the authors of the Wednesday Week’s series Cristy Burne and Denis Knight to chat about why creative thinking might be the key to solving some of our biggest global problems and why we should encourage our kids to think the same.  

    Plus, this week's listener dilemma... can you force another child to come to your kids birthday if their parents said no? 

    LINKS

    Cristy and Denis's book Wednesday Weeks and the Tower of Shadow is out now! 

    CREDITS

    Hosts:Holly Wainwright & Andrew Daddo

    Guests: Cristy Burne and Denis Knight

    Producer: Mikayla Floriano 

    CONTACT US

    Send your parenting dilemmas to tgm@mamamia.com.au

    Looking for a community of like-minded parents? Join our Mamamia Parents Facebook Page... https://www.facebook.com/groups/1047713658714395/  

    Want a weekly parenting newsletter from Holly Wainwright? Sign up here... https://www.mamamia.com.au/newsletter/

    Looking for other podcasts to listen to?  You'll find all our Mamamia shows at https://mamamia.com.au/podcasts/

    Mamamia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we have recorded this podcast on, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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

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

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

    Are our boys and girls innately differently? Or are we nurturing them with gender in mind?

    Last week, we looked into how we can better nurture our boys but today we're switching gears and focusing on our girls. What can we do to support them best? Or should we be raising our little girls and boys the same, regardless of gender? To help us unpack this Tegan and Leigh are joined by clinical psychologist Rachel Samson. 

    Plus, what do you call your kids toys? Do we let our kids take the lead or should we inspire them with some more creative choices... 

    RECOMMENDATIONS

    Leigh: Stickers! 

    Tegan: QR Code Bracelets from Safebandz.com

    CREDITS

    Host: Leigh Campbell & Tegan Natoli

    Guest: Rachel Samson

    Producers: Mikayla Floriano

    CONTACT US

    Share your listener dilemmas with us! Leave us a message on 02 8999 9386.

    Send us an email at tgm@mamamia.com.au

    Looking for a community of like-minded parents?  Join our Mamamia Parents Facebook Page... https://www.facebook.com/groups/1047713658714395/ 

    Want a weekly parenting newsletter from Holly Wainwright? Sign up here... https://www.mamamia.com.au/newsletter/ 

    Looking for other podcasts to listen to? You'll find all our Mamamia shows at https://mamamia.com.au/podcasts/

    Mamamia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we have recorded this podcast on, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.  

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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

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

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

    "Having a smartphone device does not actually add any positive value to our kids' lives. We just give in because everyone else did"  - Anonymous listener 

    This week at Mamamia HQ we received a pretty distressing voicemail from one of our listeners. She said that her 'happy go lucky' daughter has 'developed the language akin to a drunken sailor, become argumentative and moody' all because of a chat room app. 

    For this one, we asked the village. We asked you what you really think about phones and socials, how have you made them work? What kind of boundaries have you put in place? Has your family had positive experiences? 

    Plus, we brought in an expert, Kirra Pendergast from Safe On Social to help put this whole socials debate to rest. 

    LINKS

    Do you want to know how to keep kids safe online?

    Introducing the Safe on Social Toolkit: the digital ‘survival kit’ for everything parents and teachers need to know to keep kids safe on social media. Get the toolkit now at www.safeonsocialtoolkit.com

    CREDITS

    Hosts:Holly Wainwright & Andrew Daddo

    Guest: Kirra Pendergast, CEO and Principal Consultant at Safe On Social 

    Producer: Mikayla Floriano 

    CONTACT US

    Send your parenting dilemmas to tgm@mamamia.com.au

    Looking for a community of like-minded parents? Join our Mamamia Parents Facebook Page... https://www.facebook.com/groups/1047713658714395/  

    Want a weekly parenting newsletter from Holly Wainwright? Sign up here... https://www.mamamia.com.au/newsletter/

    Looking for other podcasts to listen to?  You'll find all our Mamamia shows at https://mamamia.com.au/podcasts/

    Mamamia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we have recorded this podcast on, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 27 min
    Little Kids: Taming Boisterous Boys

    Little Kids: Taming Boisterous Boys

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

    How can we better raise our boys? How do we deal with their physical demands, their tantrums, their energy? 

    In the first episode of our two-part special, we're investigating the gendered differences and similarities when it comes to raising our little ones. And for this first episode, we're focusing on our boys! 

    We're unpacking our own subconscious bias when it comes to gender, nature vs nurture, how we can exercise sensitivity, why roughhousing might actually be helpful and how to tame the inevitable tantrum. 

    Plus, we have a listener dilemma from a mum who's having trouble sleep settling her little one. 

    LINKS

    You can find Leigh's apartment organisation inspiration on Instagram @anorganisedapartment

    RECOMMENDATIONS

    Leigh: Car Bag For Travelling Toys

    Tegan:Kmart Car Organiser

    CREDITS

    Host: Leigh Campbell & Tegan Natoli

    Guest: Alex Emms, Parenting Coach at Kids Flourish

    Producers: Mikayla Floriano

    CONTACT US

    Share your listener dilemmas with us! Leave us a message on 02 8999 9386.

    Send us an email at tgm@mamamia.com.au

    Looking for a community of like-minded parents?  Join our Mamamia Parents Facebook Page... https://www.facebook.com/groups/1047713658714395/ 

    Want a weekly parenting newsletter from Holly Wainwright? Sign up here... https://www.mamamia.com.au/newsletter/ 

    Looking for other podcasts to listen to? You'll find all our Mamamia shows at https://mamamia.com.au/podcasts/

    Mamamia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we have recorded this podcast on, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.  

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 26 min
    Big Kids: Birth Order & The Prince Harry Effect

    Big Kids: Birth Order & The Prince Harry Effect

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

    Do you think are a large part of your personality has been influenced by where you sit within the family constellation? 

    Well if you answered yes, you might be onto something. In fact, a man by the name of Frank Sulloway pioneered birth theory. After studying over 6000 scientists and social reformers he theorised that your place in the family coincided with your ability to accept or challenge ideas.

    Michael Grose our guest today wrote a book all about this stuff back in 2003, Why First-Borns Rule the World and Last-Borns Want to Change It. This year he's re-releasing it because families have changed a lot since then, they’re getting smaller. And with that comes a whole lot more to unpack. So is birth theory something we should factor into parenting or as Andrew says is it just a convenient excuse for not getting along with things... 

    LINKS

    The revised edition of Michael's book, Why First-Borns Rule the World and Last-Borns Want to Change, is out June 1st. 

    CREDITS

    Hosts:Holly Wainwright & Andrew Daddo

    Guest: Michael Grose

    Producer: Mikayla Floriano 

    CONTACT US

    Send your parenting dilemmas to tgm@mamamia.com.au

    Looking for a community of like-minded parents? Join our Mamamia Parents Facebook Page... https://www.facebook.com/groups/1047713658714395/  

    Want a weekly parenting newsletter from Holly Wainwright? Sign up here... https://www.mamamia.com.au/newsletter/

    Looking for other podcasts to listen to?  You'll find all our Mamamia shows at https://mamamia.com.au/podcasts/

    Mamamia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we have recorded this podcast on, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
980 Ratings

980 Ratings

Maya' Mum ,

These two are the parents I wish I was!

I thought I was going to be the easy going, go with the flow, laugh it off parent before having kids! I’m not! But I listen to these two, I live vicariously through them both!
Such a good laugh & an awesome insight & even a good bit of real parenting advice!
(BTW, Holly & Andrew,I think your doing a great job at this whole parenting thing it too!)

katiekateho ,

Love little kids!

Always look forward to listening to Leah and Teagan keeping if real!!Please keep up the podcasts and the honest chat. Thankyou

Bec3426 ,

Loved Aunty Clair

I absolutely loved listening to Aunty Clair. I’d love to hear more from her ... maybe a new podcast series....??! Love my Friday mornings listening to TGM. Thanks Holly and Andrew. :)

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