This Glorious Mess

Mamamia Podcast Network

This is not the place for "perfect parents". This is a weekly look at parenting as it truly is - confusing, exhausting, inspiring, completely full of surprises and very messy. Join Andrew Daddo, broadcaster, author of children's books and father of t...Show More
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Mum! My Homework's Going To Cost $1500

29:26 | May 2nd

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 you a VERY expensive baby gift? Plus Holly Wainwright and Andrew Daddo talk to a kids' helpline ...Show More
Drama At Build-A-Bear

32:25 | Apr 25th

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 have thoughts on what they'd do in her position. Plus Fiona Katauskas, author of "The Amazing Story ...Show More
Bunny Footprints, Half Eaten Carrots And A Traumatised Child

28:23 | Apr 18th

What happens when a magical Easter moment goes wrong? The Quicky host Claire Murphy shares her 'Easter Bunny' experience with Holly and Andrew, which left her child a little less than impressed. Meanwhile this week Sam Woods has been copping some ...Show More
Tantrums Make Your Kids More Successful

26:57 | Apr 12th

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 tell them that... Speaking of tantrums, a school in Melbourne has banned morning coffee at drop o...Show More
Help! Grandma's Giving The Toddler A Coke

26:13 | Apr 4th

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, Turia Pitt joins the show...Show More
TRAVEL BONUS: The Parents That Moved Their Family To Mexico

26:40 | Mar 30th

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 and that's just what this family did. Andrew and Holly chat to Rachel Sainsbury and Gary Burchett (aka...Show More
Explaining Terrorism To Toddlers

29:45 | Mar 29th

We all want to protect our kids but is shielding them from bad news the best way to go about it? The recent events in Christchurch have presented parents with an interesting do you talk to your kids about things like terrorism? Andrew...Show More
TRAVEL BONUS: The Best Destinations For Families

25:18 | Mar 23rd

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 the kids and how to start planning. Plus, if you've dreamt about packing your life up and going o...Show More
Snapchat Is Not For Nudes

25:49 | Mar 21st

Sending nudes has been in the news lately after allegations surfaced that NRL players were sharing sexual videos on Whatsapp. Andrew and Holly wondered how this sex-sharing culture impacts our teens and how we can make sure they don't get caught up i...Show More
TRAVEL BONUS: Are Big Family Holidays Wasted On Young Kids?

18:22 | Mar 16th

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 big family holidays are wasted on young children or whether we need to be traveling with them differe...Show More
Working Mums Are Making Kids Obese... Apparently

29:04 | Mar 15th

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 proof supporting this. Plus, even in 2019 there are still some people who feel uncomfortable about men...Show More
TRAVEL BONUS: Twin-Toddlers? 30 Flights? No Problem

24:53 | Mar 9th

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 entertained on long haul flights...Show More
You Get Your Ears Pierced When You Get Your Period

28:25 | Mar 7th

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 on This Glorious Mess. Yes, they're talking about whether parents should be throwing their daughters ...Show More
TRAVEL BONUS: The Woman Who Gave Birth In A Hotel Room

24:48 | Mar 2nd

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. So what happens when you tak...Show More
White Noise Is A Gateway Drug

28:24 | Mar 1st

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 warmer while he was away and...Show More
TRAVEL BONUS: A Comedian Walks Onto A Long-haul Flight

23:11 | Feb 23rd

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 help. In this episode, they talk to comedian Urzila Carlson about her most recent trip overseas. Ur...Show More
Only Boring People Are Bored

33:23 | Feb 21st

'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 our kids to experience! Plus has a school in Melbourne taken it too far when it comes to enforcing...Show More
When A Friend Tells You You're 'Obsessed' With Your Child

26:05 | Feb 14th

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 friends? And is homework just an outdated idea in 2019? Holly and Andrew muddle through the mess of th...Show More
Why Is Nana Photoshopping My Baby?

19:47 | Feb 7th

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. This is information that's ma...Show More
Want To Not Hate Each Other After Kids? There's A Trick To It

26:10 | Feb 1st

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 Daddo (married for 24 years!) thinks maybe yes, Plus, we help answer a dilemma from a listener who's h...Show More
The Woman Who Toilet Trained Her Newborn

30:44 | Jan 25th

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.  Plus, should you blog about your...Show More
The Nail and Fail Special

17:28 | Jan 19th

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 'fail' moment that exemplifies the week. Every week during Nailed and Failed podcast listeners write in...Show More
Yelling Is The New Spanking

34:40 | Jan 17th

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 that super important meeting. The...Show More
The Listener Dilemma Special #2

21:34 | Jan 12th

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 from last year. There's a mum who's at a loss for how to get her child to sit down and do their homewo...Show More
Best Of 2018 #2

34:19 | Jan 10th

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 in the last 12 months (Part 2/2). From a rich man's tips on how to raise a millionaire baby (they shou...Show More
The Listener Dilemma Special #1

21:59 | Jan 5th

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 the show last year. From a mum who's wondering whether or not it's okay to let her nine-year-old daug...Show More
Best of 2018 #1

32:18 | Jan 3rd

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 skip ahead. If you or anyone you know is struggling, you can call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Kids Helpli...Show More
Home Brand Tea Bags Spell Divorce

22:19 | Dec 21st, 2018

There comes a point in most relationships when your partner's breathing is enough to send you into an internal rage. And when that rage bubbles to the surface you do your best not to fight in front of the kids, but sometimes it's impossible. Feeling ...Show More
No Fish Funerals At Schoolies

25:10 | Dec 13th, 2018

Moolies are the new Toolies. Mums are following their teens to Bali and beyond during post-school celebrations in a bid to shelter them from harm and keep them on the straight and narrow. But can you really shadow your child on Schoolies or do they n...Show More
Here, Have An Unsolicited Pet

27:28 | Dec 6th, 2018

We help source some advice for a mum who wants to raise her daughter to be body positive, but is also concerned about her weight. Plus, a listener is put in the awkward position of wondering what to do when someone buys your family a dog without w...Show More
Only Daddies Use The Iron

30:22 | Nov 30th, 2018

What's the best way to co-parent after a divorce? Tracey Duff is co-parenting her son with her ex-husband's new wife, and they've written a book together. Tracey and Dani share the learnings from a decade spent putting their kids first. Plus, a mum n...Show More
Sleeping Over At Fight Club

25:31 | Nov 22nd, 2018

Should you ever fight your son? We speak with a single mum who's using this tactic to deal with her tween pulling away. Plus, a concerned listener writes in asking, 'Is it okay to take a baby to a funeral?' And Andrew argues the case for confis...Show More
The Kids Are Walking Out

25:30 | Nov 15th, 2018

We speak to the 15-year-old girl organising a school walk out for climate change.  Plus, a listener dilemma from a babysitter who's discovered one of the tweens she babysits has a fake Instagram account with rude photos on it.  And we revisit w...Show More
Mummy, What's A Racist?

34:24 | Nov 8th, 2018

Author Madonna King gets real about the best way for fathers to bond with their daughters, and how to navigate the tricky teen years.  Plus, a listener dilemma from a mum who's concerned she may be a beneficiary of racism at the hands of her child...Show More
Friendships Aren't Forever

26:13 | Nov 1st, 2018

We tackle a listener dilemma from a mum who doesn't know what to do about her daughter being bullied by a 'friend'. Plus, if you're wondering how to talk to your kids about global warming it might be better for their mental health if you say nothi...Show More
A Good Mum Paints Her Son's Nails

26:51 | Oct 25th, 2018

Should you paint your son’s nails if he asks you to? Is it really such a big deal, and what's the best move if the people around you don't approve. Plus, author and educator Maggie Dent talks to us about Mothering Our Boys, and how mothers can fos...Show More
Daddy's Unemployed And Mum's In The Caravan Park

27:38 | Oct 18th, 2018

Holly's little boy has been in a punch up, and she needs consolation he's not going to grow up to be a hooligan. And we speak to Meshel Laurie about how she ended up in the caravan park next door to her twins' school camp. Plus, a listener dile...Show More
Spend Your Own Damn Cash

29:29 | Oct 11th, 2018

When should your tween transition from spending your money to spending their own? And what are the ten things your offspring absolutely must do before they move out of the house and become financially independent? We’re speaking to The Barefoot Inves...Show More
I Just Have A Big Baby

25:18 | Oct 4th, 2018

We tackle an adults only listener dilemma from a mum who finds the further she gets into her pregnancy, the less keen her partner is to have special mummy and daddy time. Plus, there are two everyday words we shouldn't be saying to our kids. An...Show More
Ding Dong, The Pop-In's Dead

23:50 | Sep 27th, 2018

How do you raise a child who’s comfortable with their body? We speak to author Sonya Lock, who’s written a book about body confidence aimed at 5-8 year olds. Plus, a dilemma from a listener who’s friend group has deserted her. And what's happen...Show More
Once A Fortnite

35:00 | Sep 20th, 2018

Fortnite is the online, free-to-play, shooter-survival game kids can't get enough of right now. We speak with a young gamer, the mother of an addicted child, and a psychological expert to unpack this madly addictive game from all angles. MORE ...Show More
Second Born Children Eat The Lead Paint

25:06 | Sep 13th, 2018

We tackle a dilemma from a listener whose mother-in-law doesn't seem to be bothered about getting her baby sick. And how does a public school maths teacher end up with 20 million views on YouTube? We speak to maths superstar Eddie Woo to find out. ...Show More
Who Needs Grandma When There's Google

27:46 | Sep 6th, 2018

We all know everyday tasks take longer once we’ve had kids, but how much longer exactly? Plus, there's a 3.85 metre-wide bed for co-sleeping families and Andrew's excited. And former editor of Good Weekend Amelia Lester joins us to unpack mille...Show More
‘Is Hell Real?’ And Other Unanswerable Questions

30:12 | Aug 31st, 2018

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? We’re speaking to psychologist Michael Carr-Gregg about the parenting tightrope that is raising a teen...Show More
When Your Mother-In-Law Wants To Borrow Your Baby

24:57 | Aug 24th, 2018

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 universe to deal with? A Melbourn...Show More
Triggered At Book Week

23:21 | Aug 17th, 2018

As Book Week begins, we tackle a dilemma from a listener who thinks her daughter's costume might be cultural appropriation. Plus, Australia's greatest children's book author Andy Griffiths ('The Day My Bum Went Psycho', 'Zombie Bums From Uranus') ...Show More
Out Of The Tractor, Off To School

33:08 | Aug 10th, 2018

What did your 10-year-old do before school this morning? For Trish Scott's daughters, the day starts at 4am and driving a ute through the pre-dawn, desperately trying to keep the family farm going in the worst drought for decades. It's the conversati...Show More
Bad Smells From The Back Seat

29:53 | Aug 3rd, 2018

There's a new nappy-related product that new parents need to get their hands on (literally) at once. Plus, is it alright to ramp up the prices of formal tickets to profit off your schoolmates And we speak to a family of five who packed their li...Show More
There's Charred Kale In The Party Bag

25:25 | Jul 26th, 2018

A popular birthday party venue has gone sugar-free with their party packages. Is it better that our kids are running around without such a sugar high, or is there something a little bit special about the classic fairy bread and jaffa balls? Plus, ...Show More
We Really Need Some Boundaries

28:39 | Jul 20th, 2018

You'd be hard-pressed to find a kid not glued to a device at the moment. So we speak to a psychologist about how to negotiate it out of their sticky little fingers, and put in place some boundaries. Plus, are you disadvantaging your child if you d...Show More
What's Gran Doing In The Delivery Room?

34:11 | Jul 13th, 2018

A website released the Top 20 phrases that annoy Dads so Holly puts a few to the test on Andrew. Plus, we're speaking to former psychologist Steve Biddulph about why he's chosen to update his groundbreaking book, Raising Boys. And what happens ...Show More
Get Your Paws Off My Belly

26:19 | Jul 5th, 2018

One of our listeners is pregnant and concerned about a mother-in-law who has very little respect for personal space. So naturally Andrew and Holly come up with a plan of action. Plus, we speak to a school teacher about the 'school refuser' phenome...Show More
Shazam The Baby

28:51 | Jun 29th, 2018

We take a peek behind the closed doors of a 'dads only' playgroup with founder, Leigh Whitten. Plus, there's a new app taking the guesswork out of what it is our babies really want when they're wailing. We give it a road test to see what all the f...Show More
One In Business Class, All In Business Class

32:27 | Jun 22nd, 2018

If you've saved up for a flight up the pointy end of the plane, chances are you don't have the cash to splash on a First Class seat for your nine-year-old. So is it okay to let them wing it in Economy solo? Plus, what's a childcare worker to do if...Show More
Phones Down Kids, We're Going To A Music Festival

28:06 | Jun 15th, 2018

If your kids are running wild at the minute and you need them out of the house, we've got just the fix: an under 12's music festival. Plus, are pram spots sacred? And would you call out a parent who pulls up in one without a pram? And what on E...Show More
There's A Man-Child In The Basement

29:45 | Jun 7th, 2018

It might seem far, far away, but don't pretend you haven't thought about it when they're driving you nuts... what age should your beloved baby be kicked out of the nest? We talk to a still-at-home adult to find out. Also, a school teacher asked he...Show More
My Kid Pushed Yours And Now I'm In Prison

28:45 | Jun 1st, 2018

A new law threatening jail time has us debating whether or not parents should be locked up for their kids' bad behaviour. Plus, we speak to an expert about just how parents know when their kid is ready for school. And also... what do you do whe...Show More
'Birth Feels Great' And Other Lies

24:49 | May 24th, 2018

What if birth wasn't painful but actually intensely pleasurable? We're speaking to a woman who specialises in orgasmic birthing... but is it too good to be true? Plus, a well-known book series every parent reads to their children has been labelled...Show More
My Nappy, My Choice

28:48 | May 18th, 2018

A parenting expert's caused a fuss by saying we should be asking our babies for consent before changing their nappies. Some parents are angry, but Holly's on board with the idea. Plus, is asking party guests to give your toddlers cash in lieu of a...Show More
Just Make A Thank You Video And Go To Bed

29:38 | May 10th, 2018

We're calling on TV presenter and pregnancy guru Rebecca Judd to help tackle a tricky question from a listener who isn’t a parent at all. Plus the sci-fi character with a cult following, Doctor Who, is being played by a woman for the very first ti...Show More
You've Never Heard A Birth Story Like This

32:00 | May 4th, 2018

You might’ve heard this week about the woman who delivered her own baby in a hotel room with nothing but YouTube videos. We get the low-down on what it was like first-hand. And teaching your kids about sex is a well-documented part of parenthood. ...Show More
Scummy Mummies And Scabby Daddies

29:55 | Apr 27th, 2018

This is no place for perfect parents. With that in mind we welcome Helen Thorn to the show, to tell us about why she's owning the term 'Scummy Mummy' (and also about the time her toddler did a warm wee in her bag). Plus, kids are ruining hotels fo...Show More
Forgetful Parents, Unite!

28:00 | Apr 20th, 2018

Shout-out to the parents who are running late whilst listening to this show, because no one told us that as a parent, you'd have to be organised. And for some of us that's easier said than done. Plus, what's protocol when it comes to organising an 18...Show More
You Can't Dodge Highway Births

27:16 | Apr 12th, 2018

There's no clocking off when you've got two kids and a dog to take care of. Parents are working almost double the hours of full-time employees, with none of the rest breaks. We crunch some numbers on what the average parent's day REALLY looks like. P...Show More
It's My Child And I'll Yell If I Want To

29:25 | Apr 6th, 2018

The leaves are finally settling after the Australian cricket team was busted ball-tampering. We speak to a 9-year-old about the impact it's had on the kiddie community, and how they feel about their (former) sporting heroes now. Plus, Holly reckons p...Show More
If You Bribe Your Kids, Don't Be Stingy

22:30 | Mar 30th, 2018

The internet is melting down over a psychologist named Jordan Peterson, who seems to think we have until the age of 4 to shape our kids into likeable humans. Looks like we might've missed that boat. Plus, what's etiquette when it comes to keeping you...Show More
How To Brew A Millionaire Baby

21:10 | Mar 23rd, 2018

A man called Steven's concocted a recipe for how to make sure your kid grows up into a millionaire and we're leaning in hard. Plus, in the wake of a controversial school sacking, Holly vows to maim anyone who goes anywhere near her little one's beaut...Show More
You Can't Buy Love With A Pricey Cot

21:38 | Mar 15th, 2018

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

37:50 | Mar 10th, 2018

It's our 150th episode, Messers. So we thought we'd drop our FIRST EVER show into your feeds for some cringeworthy listening goodness. Thank you for all your undying support through these past three years. We're all just trying our best at this thing...Show More
Grandma's Overfeeding The Kids

26:36 | Mar 8th, 2018

After 3-year-old Alby Fox Davis tragically died after choking on a bouncy ball, we decide it's time to speak to an expert about exactly what you should if your child is choking.   And is there really anything wrong with letting your kid play rugby? ...Show More
Got Young Daughters? Ask Me Anything Is The Perfect Show For You...

01:15 | Mar 6th, 2018

Subscribe to Ask Me Anything here: We've got a new show launching on the 8th of March. Ask Me Anything is the short, sharp, car-trip podcast giving heartfelt answers to real-life a...Show More
Does The Nanny Know Her Instagram Filters?

29:44 | Mar 1st, 2018

Ever heard of Fakebooking? All the cool parents are doing it. Mums and dads the world over are hiding their cleaners and nannies from social media in a bid to present themselves as more adept. But is there something a bit icky about it? Plus, we spea...Show More
Hand in Your Busy Badge

48:10 | Feb 22nd, 2018

Do you tell everyone in earshot how busy you are every chance you get? Well it's time to hand in your busy badge - Meshel Laurie joins us for a lesson in slowing the heck down. Plus, why are schools banning best friends? And what on earth possesse...Show More
Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees, It Comes From ATMs

37:44 | Feb 15th, 2018

What was the book that changed your life? Chances are, it was a kids' book. The legend of children's literature Morris Gleitzman joins us to tell us why kids' stories are so important... even when they're called Bumface!  Plus, why do kids think c...Show More
The Nailed and Failed of Parenting: Part 2

18:02 | Feb 10th, 2018

Andrew is rubbing his hands together with glee because he finally gets to help Holly judge all you Messers! Just kidding... sort of.  It's another Nailed and Failed bonus, which means we're talking about all YOUR parenting highs and lows. From the...Show More
How to Raise an Achtung Baby

44:37 | Feb 8th, 2018

Achtung, tiger parents! If you’ve been coddling your kids, a visit to Germany might set you straight. We speak to Sara Zaske who says German parents raise the most self-reliant kids. Plus, why are kindergarten kids getting cyber safety lessons alr...Show More
BONUS: The Nailed and Failed of Parenting

17:13 | Feb 3rd, 2018

Has your son started a racketeering business with his pocket money? It might not win you parent of the year, but it will land you on This Glorious Mess’s Nailed and Failed Bonus! Join Holly Wainwright and Ben Fordham as they venture into the peril...Show More
Bribe Your Way to a Better Morning Routine

42:07 | Feb 1st, 2018

The school holidays are officially over and we’re trading in our beach towels for tea towels. If you need a kick up the butt this year, we’re bringing you the ultimate back-to-school bootcamp. From what lunchbox snacks will earn you a stern note h...Show More
The Carnivore’s Guide to Raising a Vegan

37:59 | Jan 25th, 2018

Are you a meat-and-three-veg kind of family? Is your idea of a vegetarian meal a Vegemite sandwich? Brace yourselves - we’re talking about how to handle the news that your teen wants to turn veggie or (just breathe!) vegan. Ondine Sherman shares her ...Show More
Let’s Be Alert, Not Alarmed

44:40 | Jan 18th, 2018

We need to talk about teen suicide. In the wake of 14-year-old Dolly’s death, Headspace’s Vikki Ryall shares some advice for how you can start the conversation if you’re worried about your teen’s mental health. And it all starts at the dinner table. ...Show More
BEST OF TGM: The Bogan Baby Name Test

25:56 | Jan 11th, 2018

In case you missed it, naming your child Chardonnay or Jarren will practically guarantee they never become a doctor or Prime Minister. Heed Sabrina Rogers-Anderson's sage advice, she literally wrote the book on bogan baby names.  Plus, would you e...Show More
BEST OF TGM: It's Totally Fine to Ditch Bath Time

27:39 | Jan 4th, 2018

Have you tried everything short of waterboarding to get your kids to talk to you? Susan Carland and Waleed Aly play a brilliant game around their dinner table and Susan joined the show to tell us all about it. Would you take your baby to watch a l...Show More
BEST OF TGM: The Neo-Peasants Gave Up Toilet Paper

32:33 | Dec 28th, 2017

While you've all been lazing about on the beach and indulging in leftovers, we've been hard at work putting together a round up of the best bits of This Glorious Mess over the past year.  On today's show, we revisit our fascinating interview with ...Show More
This Christmas, Shower Your Kids With Monkeys

40:29 | Dec 21st, 2017

Go on, they deserve it after a year of mediocrity. Chris Brown bought his daughter a monkey and it had us wondering - if you had all the money in the world (and zero shame) would you spoil your kids rotten? Plus, as parents it's basically written ...Show More
What’s Under Santa’s Beard

38:42 | Dec 14th, 2017

This week we speak to the big bloke himself and he’s got lots of tricks up his big red sleeve.  Santa Colin shares how he keeps his cool under that big wooly coat, his techniques for wrangling terrified toddlers and the best response for kids who ask...Show More
Ho Ho Ho it's the Super Merry Festive Yuletide Christmas Special

25:54 | Dec 9th, 2017

Is your tree up yet? Are your stockings hung by the chimney with care? Do you even HAVE a chimney? Whether you're a Christmas fiend or a bit of a grinch, listen in to our holiday bonus to hear the best advice you need to survive the silly season.  ...Show More
Paper G-Strings, Mouth Breathers and a Tree Change

37:23 | Dec 7th, 2017

Paper g-strings? It could only mean one thing - the horror of stripping down for a spray tan.  But would you let your daughter get one? And at what age? Andrew says 50. Plus, there's a dentist who thinks it's our fault kids need braces. Yep, you c...Show More
2017 in Review

17:59 | Dec 2nd, 2017

If you didn't have to Google how to clean homemade slime off your walls this year, can you even call yourself a parent? We're debriefing on all the big parenting moments of the past 12 months. From Jennifer Garner's brilliant 'Yes Day', to raising...Show More
'Tis the Season to be Stingy

34:57 | Nov 30th, 2017

Want to know how to throw a tasty Christmas dinner for just $50? Of course you do, there's a pav involved. Today's guest is the frugal mum of our dreams, and she has some brilliant advice for surviving the festive season with your savings intact.  ...Show More
Why is a Naked Lady Wrestling Santa?

37:16 | Nov 23rd, 2017

This week on This Glorious Mess, we’re going Commando. Now get your minds out of the gutter people, we’re talking about Steve Willis, the hardcore trainer from the Biggest Loser. Steve shares his tips for getting your kids' little legs moving. Plu...Show More
Just Let Your Kid be a Dinosaur at the Dentist

35:36 | Nov 18th, 2017

We don't mean to alarm you but it's only five weeks to Christmas. If the thought of the looming festive season has you frazzled, we have three bonus episodes of This Glorious Mess dropping over the next month to save your sanity.  Now that love ha...Show More
Don’t Forget to Water Your Kid

33:54 | Nov 17th, 2017

Whether they're 14 or four-months-old, the most important thing you can do this summer is teach your kids to swim (it's great!) The Kids Alive, Do the Five song has been stuck in our heads for more than 20 years and we talk to its iconic creator Laur...Show More
Don't Tell Mum the Babysitter's Asleep

35:00 | Nov 9th, 2017

Year Six formals are now a thing and they're not just a bottle of fizzy drink and a So Fresh CD in the school hall. All the 12-year-olds are expecting their parents to splash out on fancy dresses and limos. Which makes us wonder - has this gone way t...Show More
How To Toughen Up Your Toddler

40:10 | Nov 2nd, 2017

Imagine spending some of the earliest days of your life with the Aussie outback as your playground, dodging snakes and dingoes. "The Jonesys" - adventurous Sydney couple Lauren and Justin - took little their daughter Morgan on a three-month walking t...Show More
Halloween Just Got a Whole Lot Scarier

35:16 | Oct 26th, 2017

Kids have two costume options this Halloween: Pennywise, the dream haunting clown from 'It'. And Sexy Pennywise. We discuss all the horrifying costumes your kids will be begging you to buy for them this Halloween, and then we're going to hide under t...Show More
Dads vs. The Internet

39:29 | Oct 19th, 2017

It seems the world's gone mad over a dirty nappy with everyone talking about the dad who got got labelled a 'sicko' for going into a family change room.  So, what rights do baby daddies have? Plus, we’ve heard of mummy bloggers but who on earth ar...Show More
What Really Goes On at Schoolies

41:49 | Oct 12th, 2017

It's nearing that time of year again when our teenagers set fire to their school books and hightail it to the beach for a week of sex, drugs and debachery, otherwise known as Schoolies. But what really goes on behind closed (trashed hotel room) doors...Show More
When Your Three Year Old Goes on a Boys' Trip

42:17 | Oct 6th, 2017

We’re a little bit miffed that a toddler has a better social life than us, but the show must go on. Meanwhile, the kid economy is absolutely thriving in Ben Fordham’s neighbourhood. But is 9 years old too young to operate a whipper snipper? He mig...Show More
Happy Birthday Son, I Bought You a Stripper

41:03 | Sep 28th, 2017

There's nothing like a bit of T&A wrapped up in a bow to tell your teenager you love him, right? Well hiring an exotic dancer is the latest trend in 18th birthday parties and Andrew Daddo has some pretty strong views on it. (So strong, in fact, that ...Show More
Call Me Daddy

31:14 | Sep 21st, 2017

Donald Trump says he likes it when Ivanka calls him 'daddy'.  Does that sound a little bit icky to you, or are we reading too much into it? Andrew Daddo is feeling nostalgic because his little boy is graduating!  So how do you get through parentin...Show More
Tell Your Daughter She Plays Like a Girl

30:07 | Sep 14th, 2017

Then tell her to wear it as a badge of honour. Radio host Jo Stanley is spreading this message through her new book series about footy, and it's kick arse. We discovered this week that Holly has the same writing as the Elf on the Shelf... AND the Too...Show More
Family Dinner Problems: 101 Ways With Half-Thawed Mince

39:07 | Sep 7th, 2017

Give a mum a fish and she won't have to feed her family takeaway tonight. Teach a mum to fish, and you'll be eating fish fingers every night for the next year. Sounds like your house? Then like novelist Meg Mason, you probably haven't quite mastered ...Show More
Oops. I Raised a Boofhead

36:21 | Aug 31st, 2017

Has your little boy turned from a sweet child into a boisterous teenager suffering from 'affluenza'? Michael Carr-Gregg can tell you how to reverse the Prince Boofhead syndrome. Step into the confession booth, we're talking about the best lies we eve...Show More
The Lazy Parent's Guide to Book Week

33:41 | Aug 24th, 2017

Book Week has arrived, and we're guessing half of the parents out there are fighting to the death to create the most elaborate Possum Magic costume, while the other half whack a book in their kids hand and call her Hermione. If you forgot entirely an...Show More
The Untimely End of Big Ted

35:57 | Aug 10th, 2017

Were you were raised on a diet of classic Aussie kids shows like Play School and Blinky Bill? Your kids might not be so lucky. Children's TV could be in its dying days and Big Ted and co are on the chopping block. But you can save it, Jay Laga'aia ex...Show More
Go On, Just Tell Me My Baby is Ugly

34:24 | Aug 3rd, 2017

If you think you might be blinded by mother's love, we've got a way to trick your friends into telling you if your baby is really as cute as you think it is. And can little boys and girls top-and-tail? What are the rules of the co-ed sleepover? Plus,...Show More
Please Don't Put Quinoa On The Kids' Menu

31:57 | Jul 27th, 2017

Have you ever threatened your kids with the trusty wooden spoon? We’ve got some bad news for smackers. If you love your foie gras and filet mignon, spare a thought for the children at restaurants. Why are all their menu options so crap? Is it time th...Show More
Should We Stop Telling Girls They're "Beautiful"?

32:57 | Jul 20th, 2017

When you talk to little girls do you call them 'cute', 'pretty', 'gorgeous' or 'adorable'? It's easy to do, but it can put the emphasis on their looks over other things.  So what can you say instead, to teach young girls they're worth more than their...Show More
Babies on Board and Breastfeeding in Bed

29:44 | Jul 13th, 2017

There's a mum who has taken multi-tasking to a whole new level - she has sex while breastfeeding her baby! But is a romp in the hay really the best time to feed your child? If you've ever offered your seat on the train to a round-bellied woman who ha...Show More
When You're Going Round the Twist

30:28 | Jul 6th, 2017

What were the three most beautiful things that happened to you today? And what was the stinker? This is the discussion every family should be having around the dinner table if you want to be more like power-couple Susan Carland and Waleed Aly. Plus, ...Show More
Bonus: Entertain the kids these school holidays with The Beanies.

13:16 | Jul 3rd, 2017

It's day two of having your angels at home... Have they driven you crazy yet? If you need something to keep the little ones busy, we've got the perfect podcast. Hand over the phone, this is a kids only zone! Do you love splish-sploshing in rain? Us ...Show More
Screw the Minions. Let's Take the Kids to Watch Saw

30:48 | Jun 29th, 2017

Can you take your kids to see Wonder Woman these school holidays? We ask that movie guy Marc Fennell how you can pick a kid-safe movie that won't have you sticking popcorn in your eyes. In news that will have parents everywhere popping the champers, ...Show More
When Your Two-Year Old Catches Snakes

30:34 | Jun 22nd, 2017

Snakes alive! Is there anything scarier than a 6-foot python? Yep, it's watching a two-year-old grab it by the tail. Eeek. We chat to the dad of Australia's youngest snake catcher about the fearless toddler's unlikely job. Plus, one mum thinks the pe...Show More
Welcome to Baby Shamers Anonymous

35:30 | Jun 15th, 2017

Is there any shame in baby shaming? These days, picking on your tiny baby for their massive farts could earn you a 'bad parent' badge. You're walking down the street and you hear, 'Mummy, that lady only has one arm!' GASP. If this was your kid would ...Show More
Salty Kids, Fierce Teens and Awesome Women

38:43 | Jun 8th, 2017

Want to turn your salty kid into a fierce teen? Give them a potato. It's the reddit parenting hack we're loving this week. Keen to make your fierce teen into an awesome women? You need Madonna King's advice. After interviewing 200 teen girls, she kno...Show More
French Kids Don’t Oui on the Floor

34:28 | Jun 2nd, 2017

Bonjour et bienvenue dans ce glorieux désordre! For those of you who failed French, that means hello and welcome to This Glorious Mess! We haven’t gone mad, but we may have eaten a few too many macaroons, because today’s guest is French OBSESSED. So ...Show More
It's All Fun And Games Until Kids Get Plastic Surgery

26:02 | May 26th, 2017

Remember the innocent days of Tetris? Now there's a new craze of smartphone games, and they're all about fitting a different type of shape: plastic surgery.  Should we be worried about the kids playing 'Dr Botox?'. Plus, could toddlers have a sixth s...Show More
Please Don't Name Your Baby 'Jakxxson'

34:05 | May 18th, 2017

Or Chontelle. Or Kylee. Or Mercedes. Because we're not definitely judging, but our expert says bogan names could ruin your child's future. And she should know, she wrote the book on it. Andrew is just about tearing his hair out with stress, how are y...Show More
My Perfect Mother’s Day is One Without My Darling Children

27:10 | May 11th, 2017

But if you have any better ideas, PLEASE let us know. Andrew's daughter Annouk is in the studio this week to share what Mother's Day in the Daddo house looks like. Is it all soggy toast, cold coffee and crumbs in the bed? Tom Hawkins' partner posted ...Show More
Little Girls Want to Wear Dinosaur Knickers Too

36:54 | May 4th, 2017

Just when we thought we'd heard every way our teenage girls are doomed, along comes Dannielle Miller to tell us that it's going to be okay. You'll want to kiss her when you hear it's not all sexting and slut shaming. Have you ever noticed all the sho...Show More
Prank your Kids. Get YouTube Famous. Profit

34:04 | Apr 26th, 2017

Is it okay to tell your son you're putting him up for adoption, then upload his tearful response to YouTube for a giggle? A 12-year-old pinched the family car and tried to drive across the outback and the city-slickers went crazy. But isn't that perf...Show More
Even the Babies Are Sugar-Free Now

43:11 | Apr 20th, 2017

Should babies go sugar-free? There’s a new cookbook that says yes, but not everyone agrees with putting bubs on a diet, because rolly babies are the cutest, right?  How do kids from the bush go to school where there isn't one? We find out about the g...Show More
Is it Really Easter if the Bunny Brings Carrots?

36:06 | Apr 13th, 2017

The sugar-police are out in force this weekend, cracking down on kids who just want to stuff their faces with calorific eggs. But is this taking all the fun out of Easter? And we take on Gordon Ramsay's divisive comments on parenting: are kids entitl...Show More
Bribery Is Dead. Said No Parent Ever

33:00 | Apr 7th, 2017

Bribery has gone to new, terrifying levels. We talk to a mum who hands out $100 bills for jobs. There's a new app that is a gift registry for kids parties, so your little Veruca Salt can get the hideously expensive present she's been coveting. And if...Show More
The Kids Are Drunk and The Baby's Getting a Massage

39:06 | Mar 30th, 2017

What's wrong with this picture? Well first of all, it should be us getting a massage. What's so stressful about being a baby that you need to go to a day-spa? Peek-a-boo isn't that tough. One mum sent her five-year-old skipping off to school with a v...Show More
You Can Run. But You Can't Hide

35:45 | Mar 23rd, 2017

Hold on to your activewear, we're talking to a couple who are doing 100 triathlons in 100 days. And as if that's not enough, they're bringing their 8-month-old baby along for the ride. If you saw a little boy bursting out of his stubbies, would you s...Show More
Lock the Door, Leave Your Kids With Strangers, and Other Lessons for Working Parents

37:43 | Mar 16th, 2017

What's worse than living through Year 12, suffering through SACs and agonising over your ATAR? Reliving the whole year. On national TV. Like Zoe Mallet did when she documented the highs and lows of her final school year. Plus, you know how you've spe...Show More
The Pregasaurus Is The New Bridezilla

27:33 | Mar 9th, 2017

When you're pregnant do you demand foot massages on tap? Does your bump wear only the finest $300 designer maternity trackie dacks? Are you going on a babymoon? If you answered yes to any of the above, tell your partner to run for cover, because y...Show More
I Gave Birth In A Ute And Now I'm Truly Aussie

36:15 | Mar 2nd, 2017

When you have to hose down the back of your ute, you know things haven't gone quite according to your birth plan. Rebecca gave birth on the side of the road not once, but TWICE. So how does that happen when you live 10 minutes from the hospital? And ...Show More
Getting Off The Grid: Meet the Neo-Peasant Parents

32:25 | Feb 23rd, 2017

Do you struggle to keep up with the reams of toilet paper your house goes through? Do you put the wrong recycling thing in the wrong recycling bin? Meet the neo-peasant parents. They’re the slow-living, back-to-basics warriors who want to banish wast...Show More
Keep Your Filthy Smoker Hands Off My Baby

38:40 | Feb 16th, 2017

The smokers of the world are huffing and puffing and they want to know - can you really unfriend someone for smoking around your baby? Move over mums and bubs movie sessions, the latest craze is pix, prams and pornography. But would you take your bab...Show More
The Terrifying Text Slang of Teens

23:35 | Feb 9th, 2017

Remember the innocence of LOL and ROFL? Those were the days. If you're feeling smug that you know what 'bae' means, sorry to break it to you, but there are a slew of new cyber slang terms that will curl your toes. Do you know what GNOC and KYS mean? ...Show More
Over-Parenting, Lunchbox Politics and Fish Funerals.

1:40:02 | Feb 3rd, 2017

The parenting experts have given us the greatest gift in their latest piece of advice – do less. Sounds blissful. But what happens when Jo 'I track my kids' Abi meets Michael 'your coddling is ruining your kid' Grose? And with school back, there’s a ...Show More
Best of: I Took Nits All The Way To Italy

35:09 | Jan 26th, 2017

Welcome to the best of This Glorious Mess. We're digging into our back catalogue to bring you the most fascinating and funniest bits from the show.  Lolly bags: A joyful tradition or more useless stuff we don't need? Imagine waving goodbye to your...Show More
Best of: I Fed a Sugar Free Child all the Chocolate in the World

34:46 | Jan 19th, 2017

Welcome to the best of This Glorious Mess. We're digging into our back catalogue to bring you the most fascinating and funniest bits from the show.  How the heck do you control screen time? Nikki Gemmell bolted a safe to the floor and only she kno...Show More
Calling all mums...

01:10 | Jan 16th, 2017

...and dads....Mamamia is working on a new podcast and we need your stories. Call us on 02 8999 9386 Or send an email to
Best of: The Woman Who Gave Birth in Peak Hour Traffic

37:04 | Jan 13th, 2017

It's the best of This Glorious Mess. We're digging into our back catalogue to bring you the most fascinating and funniest bits from the show.  Holly Wainwright went on an unplugged holiday to Lord Howe Island, and discovered a whole new world - tw...Show More
Best Of: The Couple Who Retired In Their 30's

23:45 | Jan 5th, 2017

We're digging into the back catalogue and bringing you the most talked-about, the funniest, and the best bits of the show.  Do you live in a naked house? If you feel overdressed in a towel and can pick your son’s bare bum out of a line-up, the ans...Show More
The Road Trip Special

34:40 | Dec 29th, 2016

If you're hitting the wide open road this summer, wind in your hair, kids howling in the back seat, 'are we there yet?' ringing in your ears... you need this show. To save your sanity, we're bringing you a super bonus bumper game show to keep everyon...Show More
The Brutal 2016 Report Card

32:36 | Dec 22nd, 2016

This week, we're wrapping up our year in parenting. What were the big trends? What baby names are making a comeback? And what were the kids getting up to when they should have been doing their homework? Plus, because the lunatics are running the asyl...Show More
The Kids' Party For all the Uninvited Kids

29:21 | Dec 16th, 2016

Did you know some kids have never been to a birthday party? But hold the tears… This dad found out and now he’s celebrating his birthday in the best way ever. And stop wasting thousands of dollars on presents you end up fishing out of the bin on Boxi...Show More
What's That Sound? A Million Bottles Being Fipped

30:49 | Dec 8th, 2016

Fads come, and fads go. Marbles, elastics, Pokemon Go. But this time, kids are flipping out of water bottles and Daddo can't get his head around it. Are you a Smug Married Person? Kerri Sackville joins us for an ode to single parents this holiday sea...Show More
Crossfit For Kids is on the Naughty List

30:51 | Dec 2nd, 2016

Does your four-year-old need to work on his abs? Gruelling, tyre-tossing Crossfit classes are now available for kids, but would you let yours join the cult? And did you hear Santa's too busy to watch your kids this year? Now it's the Elf on the Shelf...Show More
Teaching Your Kids the Value of a Buck

32:39 | Nov 25th, 2016

Do your kids turn into greedy little monsters when Christmas rolls around? We invited The Barefoot Investor Scott Pape to tell us how we can teach kids about money at the most expensive time of the year. And speaking of wish lists as long as your arm...Show More
When You Decide to Move the Kids to Bali

32:45 | Nov 18th, 2016

What happens when you move three kids under five from Sydney to live in Bali? We speak to author Fiona Higgins, who says the reality isn't the Instagrammable holiday we imagined. Plus, with celebrities calling their kids everything from Apple to Drea...Show More
The Birth Guru Who Says Labour Doesn't Have to Hurt

26:31 | Nov 11th, 2016

If you're sick of horror stories about birth, you're going to love Milli Hill. The founder of the Positive Birth Movement has some revolutionary ideas about how women approach having babies, so grab the scented candles and uncross your legs. Also, ho...Show More
My 6-Year-Old Is Not Getting A Manicure

23:55 | Nov 3rd, 2016

There’s nothing better than a bit of pampering at the salon, but do you bring the kids? Holly says no. Plus where are your kids right now? If you answered ‘how should I know?’ you may need a lesson in stalking. Writer Jo Abi has an app that lets her ...Show More
The Mum Who Says Boo To Halloween Treats.

23:59 | Oct 27th, 2016

What's scarier? Halloween or the looming childhood obesity crisis? While all the darling kiddies are running around from house to house gathering lollies this weekend nutritionst Susie Burrell advises us to put the brakes on the chocolate train. Gulp...Show More
Parenting is an Introvert's Worst Nightmare

27:54 | Oct 21st, 2016

What’s it like to be forced to socialise with other parents when you’re a huge, screaming introvert? Carla Gee joins us with some tips, such as; how many times can you lock yourself in the toilet? And is it rude to drown out other parent chatter with...Show More
Birds Nest Parenting is the new trend for fractured families.

27:37 | Oct 13th, 2016

When parents split up, how do you negotiate living arrangements? 50-50, moving house during the week? The week with mum and the weekend with dad? Now there is another option, favoured by Gwyneth Paltrow no less, called bird's nest parenting, that cou...Show More
How Young Is Too Young For Cosmetic Surgery?

35:30 | Oct 6th, 2016

Summer Wilson is your average Australian 17-year-old. She’s about to start Year 12, she has a part time job at Woolies, and she likes hanging out with her friends. But unlike most 17-year-olds, she’s already had a cosmetic procedure. Just two months ...Show More
Twinning is Winning

27:41 | Sep 29th, 2016

Seeing double? No wonder. Twins are on the rise in Australia, so what's the appropriate social etiquette? Apparently,  you should never refer to twins as “the twins”. Oops.  Are 12 year olds too young to be dating? A very good reason for politicians,...Show More
Parents Are Idiots. We Need Lessons

29:15 | Sep 23rd, 2016

Should parenting classes be compulsory? We meet Melissa Hood, the woman who’s lobbying the government to make all parents take classes. So we try and see if she will give us one. Plus, is it really THAT easy to write a children's book? According to c...Show More
I Don't Have Time To Hand-Make Presents For Your Baby.

32:12 | Sep 16th, 2016

There's a mother whose Christening gift registry reads 'hand-made only, please'. That's lovely, but, seriously? Plus, what were you doing when you were 13? Probably not writing to celebrities and asking them for life advice. But that’s what Grace Hal...Show More
What happens when you leave your kids for Reality TV?

36:38 | Sep 8th, 2016

Jules Allen left her three kids for five and a half months to compete on Masterchef. When she got home, one was expelled from high school and one had withdrawn completely. She says she didn't think about the damage it would do. But that's often the c...Show More
Sexting, Chore Wars and Gender-Neutral Babies.

36:44 | Sep 1st, 2016

Is sexting "the new normal" among tweens? We know it's happening. So what do when you find graphic messages on your child's phone? Parenting columnist Angela Mollard has been there and shares her experience with Holly and Andrew. Plus, the growing tr...Show More
The midwife who says all your elaborate birth plans are nonsense.

46:18 | Aug 26th, 2016

There's a childcare centre in Canberra that will make you an espresso in the morning, cook you dinner AND feed your kid kale. But is it really a great idea? Plus we speak to a midwife who has delievered over 10,000 babies, and ask her about some of t...Show More
What do you say to someone who's lost a baby?

48:23 | Aug 19th, 2016

Six babies are delivered stillborn every day in Australia. Many thousands of women miscarry. And the loss of every single one of those precious children is a terrible grief. This week is Mamamia’s Pregnancy Loss awareness week. We talk to Rebecca Spa...Show More
Let's Talk About (scheduling in) Sex

42:23 | Aug 11th, 2016

Look, we're all busy. So if we schedule in doctors, dentists, meetings and other appointments, should we schedule in sex? We meet the woman who started turning her kids food into an artform, and now it's her career.  Plus, the next time your kid yell...Show More
I Took Nits All The Way To Italy

33:00 | Aug 4th, 2016

Holly's back from her family holiday, except it wasn't just the kids that enjoyed a European summer. Scratch scratch. And these days you can do classes in just about anything; pottery, languages, meditation. What about taming your kid? We meet Rachel...Show More
The One With The School Principal.

41:20 | Jul 28th, 2016

Dr Tim Hawkes is one of Australia’s best known educators. A Headmaster of leading schools for over 20 years, he says there are too many absentee parents and that we are failing our teens.  Also, forget #cleaneating and #organisedmum and #lunchboxgoal...Show More
The Tree Change Dream

45:05 | Jul 22nd, 2016

A tree-change sounds idyllic but is it all it’s cracked up to be? Former Home and Away actress Christie Hayes did it and wants everyone to move to the hills with her. Maternity leave is all well and good - but what about when people start taking pet-...Show More
What's Your Parenting Mantra?

24:03 | Jul 15th, 2016

Sometimes when things go to sh*t you need a motto, a mantra, a chant to get you through the day. We've crowdsourced the best words to stick on the fridge and remember in times of need. Plus, the future of kids swallowing odd stuff just got a bit brig...Show More
Play School is the Toughest Gig in TV

25:18 | Jul 8th, 2016

Play School has been entertaining, educating, and babysitting our kids for 50 years. But behind the pipe-cleaners and the piano, it's a whole lot more than child's play. Holly Wainwright goes behind the scenes to see how this iconic show is made, how...Show More
The Uncool Parents' Guide to Teen Speak.

31:23 | Jul 1st, 2016

Do you get lit, turnt, or hectically savage? Are your eyebrows basic or on fleek? Who even knows. We sent comedian Mandy Nolan on a mission to find out what all the cool kids are talking about.  Don't you hate it when you're explaining democracy to y...Show More
BONUS: Meet Mr Maker - a rock star to people under three-feet tall.

17:54 | Jun 29th, 2016

Children think he's a rockstar. Parents think he is a genius. But what's it really like being Mister Maker - the children's entertainer who can make something out of anything? Holly Wainwright speaks to Phil Gallagher (his real name) about his craft ...Show More
"It Ain’t a Kid's Party If Nobody’s Drunk."

34:54 | Jun 24th, 2016

Alcohol at kid’s parties; yes or no? For many parents it's the only way they can enjoy themselves, but this mum-of-three says we need to cut the booze out. Plus, the kid who called the cops after his dad ran a red light.  How do you teach teenage gir...Show More
Party Bags Are Pointless.

31:44 | Jun 16th, 2016

Lolly bags: A joyful tradition or more useless stuff we don't need? Holly thinks we should just give the kids a piece of cake and be done with it. Have you heard of Shopkins? They're like crack for kids. Tiny little pieces of painted plastic that do ...Show More
The Teenager Who Climbed Everest

34:26 | Jun 9th, 2016

Imagine waving goodbye to your child as they left to scale Everest.  Glenn Azar did just that. His daughter Alyssa Azar just climbed Mount Everest - the youngest ever Aussie to do so.  So what's it like having an extreme teen? Plus, can your unbor...Show More
I bought a safe to lock my kids' devices in.

34:29 | Jun 2nd, 2016

How the heck do you control screen time? You go to drastic lengths, that's what. Like Nikki Gemmell.  She bolted a safe to the floor and only she knows the combination. Sound crazy? It's anything but. And as she tells Holly and Andrew, it's the sa...Show More
The Mum Who Gave Birth In Peak Hour Traffic

36:19 | May 26th, 2016

Peak hour traffic is painful enough. So just imagine giving birth it in.  It's something Adelaide mother-of-two Bianca Grant knows all about. She was calmly on her way to hospital when she got stuck in roadworks. So, it was feet up on the dash, an...Show More
BONUS: The app that broke Mia Freedman's parenting rules.

15:39 | May 22nd, 2016

If you're the parent of a female tween, you've heard of the app ''. As if from nowhere, it has snuck onto your child's phone, or yours - and is taking over households by stealth.   In this bonus episode of This Glorious Mess, Holly Wa...Show More
Birthing gowns, birthday gifts and the heartbreak of IVF.

36:12 | May 19th, 2016

Last year over 34,000 women sought fertility treatment in Australia, but rarely do we hear the tales of all the ones that failed, until today. Plus, designer birthing gowns are now a thing, what "love language" is your child speaking? And why bann...Show More
I Hosted The Logies And My Kids Don't Care.

32:43 | May 12th, 2016

Spare a thought for Daddo. He hosted the Logies once, next to Noni Hazelhurst. Now she's being inducted into the Logies Hall Of Fame and he's just trying to get the kids to tidy up the house. We meet the Queensland mum who made worldwide news when s...Show More
Never trust a parent with a clean car.

31:26 | May 6th, 2016

Andrew Daddo does not understand why people share pictures of their dirty cars. But Holly Wainwright does. This week, we speak to a mother whose grubby car went viral on Instagram. Blogger Rachelle Bingham took a picture of the inside of her ca...Show More
The Most Honest Midwife You've Ever Met

40:32 | Apr 29th, 2016

Fiona MacArthur has been catching babies for 30 years. She's seen it all. And man, do we have some questions for her. Also, Holly explains the Chrissy-Teigan-leaving-the-house-9-days after-giving-birth controversy to a befuddled Daddo. Then there'...Show More
The Parents Who Quit and Moved to Mexico

34:45 | Apr 21st, 2016

What would it take for you to convince yourself to pull your kid out of school and go on the road? Well, after we talk to our guests, from Mexico, you might be able to answer that question. Also, is it the end of this half-time sport ritual? A gui...Show More
Things Only People Without Kids Say

33:44 | Apr 14th, 2016

"When I have a baby, I'm only going to feed them organic, homecooked meals." "I'm just going to potter around this weekend".  And the other hateful things that non-parents say. Also today, something that none of us want to contemplate - rais...Show More
Why Do Smart People Make Dumb Parents?

30:23 | Apr 7th, 2016

Maybe the answer is less. In a world of too much - too many devices, too many extra-curricular activities, and too many parenting rules, is the answer to parenting just to do LESS? Jackie Lunn is a writer whose arguing for simplicity parenting. ...Show More
I Don't Want Your Kids At My Wedding.

29:58 | Mar 31st, 2016

Here comes the bride and there goes the friendship.   There's two types of weddings - ones that include the whole family, and ones that very definitely DON’T. We grill the bride who went child-free for her nuptials.Did her parenty friends push bac...Show More
The Couple Who Retired In Their 30's.

32:02 | Mar 24th, 2016

Do you dream of retiring early and travelling the world? We meet a couple who have done it in their 30's. They tell us how the hell they managed to do it.  Is putting on a brave face really the best option in front of your children? And listeners ...Show More
Parenting Has Made Me Gross

36:31 | Mar 17th, 2016

One minute you're a human with hygiene standards. Nek minnit, you have a child and those standards plummet. We meet a mum thrown out of a fast food restaurant for a misdeed. Plus, Holly Wainwright has a motherly message for celebrity chefs. And the V...Show More
The Suddenly Single Mum

30:02 | Mar 10th, 2016

How does it feel to find yourself suddenly a single mum, when you never expected your world to turn that way? Should you let your toddler be nude at the beach? And, the grandmother that fed her vegan granchild a pork sausage. We can't decide if sh...Show More
The Wet Towel Scourge is Real.

37:18 | Mar 3rd, 2016

Andrew Daddo has had enough. There are wet towels on the bathroom floor, the bedroom floor. the loungeroom floor, the deck. His teenagers refuse to pick them up. So, he's started a petition. Maybe that will work. Find out more here. ...Show More
I Fed a Sugar-Free Child All The Cake in the World.

32:47 | Feb 25th, 2016

You're taking someone else's kid to a birthday party. They aren't allowed sugar. Do you tail them to make sure they don't touch the fairy bread? Or do you let them run wild into a land of cakes and jelly snakes? Plus the dumb-arse stuff people kee...Show More
When Daddy Goes to Prison.

31:59 | Feb 18th, 2016

How do you tell your child that you’re going to prison?  It's a conversation that one dad knows all too well. Also, how do you deal with a broken-hearted teenager, and can we call sticking a few lollies on a top of a cake “baking”? Show Notes Y...Show More
I'm About to Have a Baby and I'm Shit Scared.

31:08 | Feb 10th, 2016

Terrified. First time mum-to-be Emily is absolutely terrified that a baby is about to be pushed out of her body. Can Holly and Andrew calm her nerves? Is leaving your kids alone in a playground a sackable offence? And unpopular opinion: babies are bo...Show More
The Parents Who Refuse to Volunteer at School

33:50 | Feb 3rd, 2016

Does your school volunteering report card read: Must try harder? If you're one of those parents who shirks, there are ways to make school volunteering work. Plus, the woman having a surprise C-section. Her husband knows, but she doesn't. And the scho...Show More
Dear Parents; You're Doing It Wrong.

36:04 | Jan 27th, 2016

The kids are back to work this week and so are Andrew Daddo and Holly Wainwright. They're starting the year with a big question: Are we doing it all wrong? Writer Angela Mollard joins the podcast to discuss whether we're getting way too fuzzy and fri...Show More
BONUS: Frazzled: Ruby Wax On How To Be Less Of A Mess.

13:00 | Jan 7th, 2016

In the interests of trying to be a better everything in 2016, we are lifting our heads from our beach towel to talk mindfulness with Ruby Wax. The comedian who has been making people laugh for 25 years now has an OBE for her services to mental health...Show More
When Your Child Gives You A Performance Review.

40:31 | Dec 17th, 2015

It's the end of the year. Which means performance reviews, the biggest parenting trends of 2015, and Santa. Has Holly's bribe with her kids worked? And why is Daddo a grinch? Plus the mother who has made Christmas a no buy zone. Show Notes Your...Show More
Bonus Episode: Yes, mums try to pick up Jimmy Giggle at his concerts.

20:57 | Dec 11th, 2015

He’s been called the One Direction equivalent of children’s entertainment. And while he may only be known to a small audience of Australian’s - if you talk to anyone under the age of 7, Jimmy Giggle from Giggle and Hoot is a bit of a god. And he's...Show More
The Christmas Present Your Kid's Teacher Doesn't Want.

34:16 | Dec 10th, 2015

Giving your kids teacher a Christmas gift. It's done with the best of intentions. But what do the teachers really think? And what are the gifts you shouldn't give? We speak to one to find out. Plus Holly Wainwright met her son’s idol and it went real...Show More
The Christmas Card Complex.

32:38 | Dec 3rd, 2015

When was the last time you sent a Christmas card? Not an e-card. Or an email. An actual Christmas card that goes in the mail? Holly and Andrew chat to Mandy Nolan about why we should send them. Plus you can now Skype Santa.   Show Notes Your...Show More
No Sparkly Shoes. No High-Vis Vests.

35:29 | Nov 26th, 2015

Taking your children to the theatre is one of those things that you can feel really smug about as a parent. But what about the performers? If you’re entertianing for kids, what are the cardinal sins that parents and kids commit? Plus Holly Wainwright...Show More
The Unplugged Holiday

37:00 | Nov 19th, 2015

When was the last time you disconnected from the internet? Holly Wainwright went on an unplugged holiday to Lord Howe Island last week, and discovered a whole new world. So what's it like living with no wifi and two kids? Holly and Andrew chat to one...Show More
Won't someone think of the children?

31:51 | Nov 12th, 2015

Should baby boomers be giving up their backyards so young families can have a go?  Plus, he was first called a poof when he was eight years old "and the label stuck like glue". Now Sydney based author Samuel Leighton Dore has penned a childrens bo...Show More
The Dad Who Ruined It For Everyone.

29:42 | Nov 5th, 2015

This week on This Glorious Mess, how early is too early to start bribing your kids with Santa? It's more than a month till Christmas, and Holly has already started dropping hints to her kids that they better watch out. Plus the anonymous Sydney dad ...Show More
Parents That Go To Schoolies

32:50 | Oct 29th, 2015

This week on This Glorious Mess, it's POOLIES. Parents that tag along to schoolies week. Has helicopter parenting gone too far or is it a good way to keep an eye on things? Plus, there’s an exclusive club for parents that neither Andrew Daddo OR Alys...Show More
I Happen To Like Halloween

37:48 | Oct 22nd, 2015

It's not all lollies and cheap costumes. Can this American tradition promote community too? Would you pay someone to name their baby after you? And Mia Freedman on surviving the HSC. Show notes Your hosts are Holly Wainwright and Andrew Daddo ...Show More
Daddo Has A Midlife Crisis

37:13 | Oct 16th, 2015

He drives an old Holden. He banned the TV. There's no junk food in the house. But on holidays, nothing will stop Andrew Daddo in his quest to be the ultimate #cooldad. Also, how bribery backfired on Holly, the teen tracking app that allows you to ...Show More
The Doll That Stopped A Nation

33:08 | Oct 8th, 2015

It's the toy that got everyone talking this week - Johnathan Thurston’s little girl’s black baby doll. Does the ethnicity of your kids’ toys really matter? Also, how long can you get away with your kids of opposite sexes sharing a room? And in nailed...Show More
The Door Is Locked. The Tissues Are Missing.

29:46 | Oct 1st, 2015

*Alert - this is an ep that's definitely not for little ears* It's the sticky topic. The tissues keep running out. The bedroom door is locked. And there are strange silences at 2pm on a Sunday.  How do you talk to your kids about masturbation?  Al...Show More
In Praise Of The #CrapHousewife

37:10 | Sep 25th, 2015

New dad Ben Fordham joins the mess for the week, and he's roped in the neighbours kids to do his dirty work. Jessica Rowe is the patron saint of the #craphousewife instagram, and she tells us why she's leading the charge. Plus, why is everyone so sho...Show More
No Junk Food. No TV. Yeah, Right.

29:30 | Sep 17th, 2015

Remember those things you said you’d never say or do when you had children? Ha Also, think you've heard every birth story under the sun? There’s a woman who wants dolphins to deliver her baby. And should you ever be able to take kids to work with yo...Show More
Fear And Loathing In The Lunchbox

29:34 | Sep 10th, 2015

The mother who gets very competitive about school lunch boxes. Should kids be learning how to type instead of write? Holly gets reader rage and breaks several rules of sensible parenting, and Andrew Daddo gets a strange reminder of his mortality when...Show More
School Fundraising Is Hell

29:14 | Sep 3rd, 2015

The peculiar hell of school fundraising. The mum that still makes her 18 year old packed lunches. Should schoolies week be more charitable? And Holly Wainwright road tests Andrew Daddo's bedtime book: does it really send kids to sleep?   Show n...Show More
Let's Talk (To The Kids) About Sex

36:44 | Aug 28th, 2015

There's no getting around the sex talk.  But there's a new, modern book that can help you with that. We roadtest the night-time ritual that says it's guaranteed to make your kid fall asleep in 3 minutes. Plus, when Daddo cracked down on the kids for ...Show More
Pack Up The Kids. We're Going Camping For A Year.

31:56 | Aug 21st, 2015

Have you ever been tempted to throw all the craziness over, pack up your kids and go on the road? One dad did just that. Right in the middle of a board meeting too. #hero. How is botox scarring babies? And it's Book Week. Think a fairy costume is goo...Show More
Three Is The Magic Number

44:17 | Aug 13th, 2015

Does that third child really complete the family? How to keep your kids safe online, and how a lovely family day out at the museum ended in a crushing reality check thanks to a stranger.   Your hosts are Holly Wainwright and Andrew Daddo and you c...Show More
No One Gives A Stuff About Your Ultrasound Picture

27:04 | Aug 6th, 2015

The newest trend? Ultrasound parties. Remember gymbaroo? That's old school - now there's a new wave of new toddler activities that parents are planking over. And millennial mums cop lots of crap for documenting everything online but is there method t...Show More
Sing Like You're Birthing

42:45 | Jul 30th, 2015

What is it like to be on The Voice at 8 months pregnant? Amber Nichols is the heavily pregnant contestant on the reality show and tells us what the plan is in case she gives birth on stage. Plus, the weirdest kid obsession yet, the one time Daddo inf...Show More
But The Children's Menu is Better

35:57 | Jul 23rd, 2015

Should children be banned from restaurants? The incredible footage of surfer Mick Fanning has us wondering: are there certain things you stop doing as a parent because of the danger factor? Daddo's run in with a Great White had an unexpected ending, ...Show More
My twins are not unicorns

44:48 | Jul 16th, 2015

How much is a tooth worth these days? $600? The toothfairy that's gone wayyy over the top. Why does EVERY SINGLE KID have to get a turn these days? The car that lets your baby ride in the front seat, and we speak to the Melbourne mum of...
Why is my husband a hero for taking the kids to the shops?

32:15 | Jul 9th, 2015

The baby name trend that Daddo possibly started. A guide for men on what NOT to say to a new mother. Plus, Why do dads get ridiculous amounts of praise heaped on them for the simple tasks that mums complete daily? and children are now meditating at.....Show More
All babies are beautiful. But some need an Instagram filter.

33:34 | Jul 2nd, 2015

Generation social media: the newborns with their own Instagram accounts - and thousands of dedicated followers. How do you deal with teens that "sext"? And what happens when you take an adult to see a child's movie? For Holly, a lot of tears....
Our house is a naked house.

32:27 | Jun 26th, 2015

There are two types of houses: naked and not. Which are you? What is it like when you find out quite late that your child has autism? A mother's searingly honest account. Parents behaving badly at play cafes - was it the coffee that drove them to...
The 'Will She Be French And Gorgeous?' Episode

32:49 | Jun 18th, 2015

An au pair sounds like a great idea. But what's it like having a stranger in your house? Will they rip a marriage apart with their coquettish French ways? A listeners asks: what do you do when you HATE other parents (but your kids are...
The Straight Parents Guide To Raising Non-Homophobes

35:00 | Jun 11th, 2015

How can you raise your kid to not be a bigot? Why the new pictures of the Royal Baby are pissing Holly off. And you think you can write a children's book? Andrew Daddo has tips to get it from idea to reality. Show notes Thanks to...
Teenage Parties Now Have Legal Disclaimers.

26:35 | Jun 4th, 2015

Drinking, pashing….and the rest.  The new teenage birthday party comes with a legal disclaimer……with some parents refusing to let their kids invite their friends around unless everyone under 18 has a guardian sign a...
The "race you to your pre-birth weight" episode.

39:45 | May 28th, 2015

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

34:03 | May 21st, 2015

Parents on phones in playgrounds. They're everywhere. We want to shame them, but we can't really blame them.  Plus, The Big Snip - how do you know when you're DONE with kids? And the fascinating case for taking maternity leave when your kids are...
I can't hear you screaming, darling. Mummy is meditating.

40:10 | May 14th, 2015

Is it taboo to say motherhood is easy? What it really means when your teenager says they hate you. And would you spy on your kids online behaviour?  Your hosts are Holly Wainwright and Andrew Daddo  And a...
Mothers Day is so much better than Fathers Day

27:58 | May 7th, 2015

Mothers day is so much better than Fathers day. Fact. How can you negotiate pocket money? We meet a former stockbroker whose five year old has a savings plan. And Holly finally gets something nailed.  Your hosts are Andrew...
Saturday Morning Sport? CBF.

28:08 | Apr 30th, 2015

Some childcare centres are sending kids home with a bonus: their poo in a bag. Whose job is it to deal with this dirty business? Holly grapples with the dilemma of wanting her kids to play sport, but also wanting to sleep in on Saturday...
The Elephant In The Playroom: My Kid is Fat

42:53 | Apr 23rd, 2015

Bribery, scandal, fights, and diva behaviour: it's not The Real Housewives - it’s food. Do you reward good behaviour with bad food? How do you tackle the very delicate issue of kids and weight? Parents confess what they're REALLY...
So you think your child is "special"?

27:23 | Apr 16th, 2015

Everyone these days is raising a "special" child. Have we lost the ability to appreciate that average is ok? Holly's five year old is knuckling down to homework every night. Can't we just leave school work for school hours? And in "Is...
Sorry. Star charts can't fix this.

32:08 | Apr 9th, 2015

It's school holidays again. Nerves are frayed, wallets too. So how about some discipline? Some control and order? Mia Freedman tries the star chart and comes unstuck. And with a biting toddler on a rampage, we ask a psychologist: is that normal? Sho...Show More
Great Expectations: Should I have a kid?

36:50 | Mar 31st, 2015

The debut parenting podcast from the Mamamia Women's Network.  Hosted by Andrew Daddo and Holly Wainwright, it's for non-perfect parents to talk about parenting as it really is. Exciting, overwhelming, delightful, disasterous, and...