Category: KiA Blog


Australia’s Top 10 Mum Hacks

FROM POWDER TO POOL NOODLES – HOW MUMS AROUND AUSTRALIA ARE HACKING THEIR WAY THROUGH MOTHERHOOD To celebrate their 10th Anniversary range launch, Baby Jogger asked Mums around Australia to reveal the ingenious hacks that ease their family life. The new survey celebrates the creativity and commitment of mums nationwide and demonstrates the inspired ways they are tackling the everyday challenges of parenting. Here are Australia’s Top 10...

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The Do’s and The Dont’s of visiting new parents

I nearly gave one of my greatest girlfriends an early contraction when I told her I was not intending to visit her in hospital once her little girl was born this coming Spring.  She seemed really upset… I had to explain its just one of my “rules” and “things”. I then got thinking and asked a few friends – parents, non parents, first timers, second timers and even third timers on their rules, things and rituals when it came to newborn visits....

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This is Four

As my daughters 5th birthday gets closer I’ve really started to notice her growing up. She’s learning to read, the training wheels are off her bike, she can make her own breakfast and she’s starting to get hard spots on her feet. You know how babies feet are SO soft and so puffy and pink and lovely. Her feet are big, and they’re always dirty, they have cuts and hard bits. Those feet climb trees, run fast, skip, flip,...

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Penny Pinching on Parental Leave

Sadly, Australia is still behind the paid parental leave game versus the rest of the developed world.Although some companies have made great strides in expanding their parental leave policies, many new parents on unpaid leave are still faced with the option of either surviving on one wage for longer (a good option if you can stretch it but also assuming you are not a single parent) or going back to work as early as possible and paying for...

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Where’s the Back to Work Catalogue?

Did you get all your back to school catalogues in the mail? I am sure you need no reminders that back to school is happening next week, however one catalogue is missing. Where’s the back to WORK catalogue? You know the one with all the products / tools / services that will all make your return to work a seamless one? Didn’t get it in the mail……Me neither….. You know, the one with all the products / tools / services that will all...

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16 Things the School Holidays Have Taught Me

Now I don’t know as much about parenting as Pete Evans, but what I will tell you is that I’ve discovered parenting is a lot easier when I’m not around my kids. As one might imagine, school holidays have made this dynamic incredibly difficult. On the last day of my twins kindergarten term I’m almost certain I could actually hear the school holidays whispering “go f**k yourself” into my ear. Bear in mind I have two 5 year olds on the cusp of...

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Sometimes holidaying with kids is shit

As you’ve probably already seen on Facebook, I recently spent 9 days away in beautiful Bali. It was great, the weather was warm, the people were nice, our hotels were fantastic…. Holidays are my thing. I work my butt off to go on them. I go without lots of other stuff, just so that I can go on holidays. I love to travel, I work hard to travel and I’d love to be able to take my daughter overseas as much as I possibly can....

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20 Lessons From My Kids First Year at Kindy

My twins starting kindergarten was the proverbial light at the end of the [slightly worn] [not quite as tight as it used to be][prone to occasional leakage] stay at home mum tunnel. And despite a shaky start [for me], I’m now that mum tyre squealing away at 9:01am, belting out George Michael’s “Freedom” at the top of her lungs. As we enter the final term of kindy, ahead of primary school next year, I’ve had pause to reflect on what the year has...

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My screen time scenario

There are three Mums that started up the initial Kids in Adelaide team. We have 7 kids under 8 between us. All three of us have in some ways similar, but in other ways quite different parenting styles. Isn’t that great! We work together, we’ve been best friends for over 20 years, and despite that we are free and confident to raise our children the way we feel is right for our own families. One way in which we differ is our thoughts...

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Raising Happy Girls

Happy Girls – teaching important life elements As a child transitioning to a teen I remember knowing innately that it’s what’s inside that counts. Until I started to read magazines, watch TV and movies it gave me a tainted view on how I should look, feel and what I should say. It gave me the message that in order to feel happy I needed to look, think and feel a certain way. It took me well into my late 20’s to realise that I could...

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School Camp Tips

School Camp Tips You Can’t Live Without! School camp! A chance to dust off the old waterproof pants, shake the spiders out of the sleeping bag and throw on some explorer socks. You would think that school camp is something children can not wait for! But school camp can be something that many students dread- and parents can dread it just as much. Actually, truth be known, lots of teachers dread school camps too! Here are some tips on how...

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Returning to work after children

Returning to work after having my first baby was a mixture of excitement (adult conversation! toilet with door closed!), nerves (will my baby be happy at childcare?) and guilt (will my baby miss out on valuable bonding time and be forever tarnished?). I calmed myself with reminders that my return to work was only part time (4 days instead of 5) and would require a lot fewer after-hours commitments, as I had a different role. And you know what?...

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How to not be a shitty friend to people who don’t have kids

Not having kids……whatever the reason, we’re totally down with that. Whether you’re not ready yet, you’re trying, you can’t, you haven’t found “the one” or you have absolutely no interest in ever sharing your life/bed/food/belly with another person, it’s actually none of anyone’s business but yours. There does sometimes come a time though, no matter what your reason, you find...

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Term Two Teacher Tips

It’s a big deal when your child goes to school – no matter whether it’s their very first day or they’ve been going for years. Every day at school matters. Why? Because school is full of new things. It’s meant to be that way. Sure, your son or daughter might come home and, when asked what they did at school, may reply, “Nothing.” But what they might mean is, “Well, we did Maths and Science and then...

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Changed Identity of a New Born Mother

Eleven years ago my first daughter, Madeleine, was born. As most new mothers will attest about their baby, she was perfect and I was smitten from the moment she was put in to my arms. In an instant I was introduced to the intensity of unconditional love like I had never known before. As with every first baby, a mother was also born on that day in February and the enormity of that didn’t hit me until months later. My pregnancy was smooth, the...

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Grandie Pants

Congratulations, becoming a Grandparent is one of life’s most precious gifts. You really fly by the seat of your proverbial “grandie pants” but the excitement, and anticipation set off by this new little life… Memories of your own children’s births and childhoods are never far away.  You can enjoy the cuddles, all the baby talk to your heart’s content with the deliciously soft new human being. Direct...

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Things I do better since having kids

Carry stuff I can carry an entire afternoon in my two arms. My bag, her bag, lunchbox, water bottle, scooter, helmet, hat, shoes, teddy. I’m pretty much a donkey. Handle bodily fluids Pre-kids if you asked me to clean up, touch, sniff or deal with someone elses snot, shit and vomit I would have told you exactly where to go. These days, it’s not even a second thought, I even own and have regularly used a snot sucker, and yes...

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The PITA Factor

When did I get so impatient? Is it just me, or do other people’s actions drive you up the wall? This may be just plain mean and bitchy, but some people have the PITA factor… the Pain in the Arse gene. Are you with me on this? Example 1: When you are sitting at a service station waiting behind someone at the bowser. Clearly they are the only person to ever put petrol in their car. Because, they follow an ADD step procedure. They fill...

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Things I’m sure I did better before I became a Mum

Dance I’m sure my moves were way cooler and way less Mum dance. via GIPHY Chew Food Most meals I eat these days barely touch the sides. I can’t remember chewing it, I can’t remember cutting it, but before I know it my plate is empty. via GIPHY Handle my alcohol 3 glasses of wine, that’s all it takes and I’m on the dancefloor (refer point 1), falling asleep at my own BBQ (happened last weekend) or telling my friends...

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You’re a person first, a Mum second. Thanks Em Rusciano

I recently had the cheering, sobbing, singing, dancing, cry laughing pleasure of seeing Em Rusciano in her latest show “Em Rusicano is not a diva.” The whole show was bloody fantastic, but one of the main things that stuck with me is Em’s point that “You’re a PERSON first, and a MUM second.” Em recently copped a whole lot of flack on social media for going to see Madonna not once, but twice. SHOCK HORROR! How...

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Kids at Funerals…..the decision.

Decisions, decisions, decisions. We face them every day as a parent. Some are fairly easy – should I pack an apple or a banana in the lunchbox today? Some are a bit trickier – should I let my child walk to the corner shop with his friends? Recently I faced a parenting decision that I found difficult. Disclaimer: this isn’t the happy, funny post you are used to from Kids In Adelaide! But I think it’s a topic worth discussing and I would...

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How do you know when one is enough?

It seems to be the MINUTE you get married, or get to that “serious relationship” point with someone, the inevitable question is “when are you having a baby?” And then, as soon as you do have a baby, the next question is “when are you having another baby?” It doesn’t seem to matter how many children you have, people are always asking about the next one. I’m guilty of it myself. Now that my daughter...

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Things I hope for my daughter when she’s my age

We’ve been having a few heated discussions about what it’s like to be a girl here at Kids in Adelaide, and it got us thinking about the things we hope for our daughters when they’re our age. It’s not a man bash or a bra burning, but just a few things we hope are different or better for them in 20 years (ha ha see my attempt to make you all think we’re still in our 20’s) I hope that she can experience the joy...

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Parents…….take your kids to the movies

What better way to spend an odd Saturday night, here and there, “blobbing” on the couch? And, what more do you need than the entertainment of Monsters University starring the green and one-eyed quirky guy, Mike Wazowski? Who hasn’t heard those little adult sniggers around you while watching a kids’ movie when accompanying your little one to the cinema? I particularly love the quirkiness of Shrek character, Donkey played by the incorrigible Eddy...

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Staying sane as a WAHM

I’ve worked from home for 6 years now, and for over half of those I’ve entered the world known as the WAHM (Work at Home Mum) Don’t get me wrong, I love working from home BUT it’s definitely not all coffee dates and Ellen episodes like I thought it might be, especially since Winnie has come along. I love the flexibility of the hours, I love that I can take holidays whenever I want and I especially love that I can wear no...

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Reasons to throw a tantrum – Part I

So recently I posted to Facebook that my 3 year old threw a tantrum of epic proportions over a poncho not having sleeves, and spent the rest of the night laughing hard at the comments that came in from all the Kids in Adelaide folks. I just had to write them all down in case I ever need a laugh. Everything from incorrectly peeled bananas to band aid placement, it seems there’s A LOT of reasons for kids to be p*%ssed off about these days!...

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First Day of Reception

Lots of you may be feeling a little bit nervous and a little bit excited at the prospect of sending your first born off to “big school” this week. Last year that was me. And it was such a great year. So what have I learned from being a first time school mum? I don’t promise to know everything but here are just a few tips to help you through the first day of reception and the rest of the year. Don’t send your partner along to...

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Kids Ear Piercing in Adelaide

I know this topic is a bit controversial, but what are your thoughts on kids ear piercing? I surprised even myself today when Miss 3 and I BOTH got our ears pierced. It was her idea, and she’s asked A LOT of times in the last few weeks so I knew she was serious so we did it, and you know what it was completely fine. Not a drama at all. We got ours done at Essential Beauty at Norwood, it was quick and easy and the girls there were great with...

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Kids in Adelaide 2015 – The year that was…

2015 has been a big year in the Kids in Adelaide team! We have been so excited to see our Facebook followers increase from 3,350 to over 18,000 this year. Our website has also continued to grow and we do our best to keep it up to date while also managing our careers, kids and our never ending pile of laundry! We continue to be amazed by how awesome you guys are for supporting us and contributing to our content. Personally, 2015 has been a...

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First Year Finished

As the school year comes to an end, we thought we’d share this lovely, reflective blog from mother of three, Phillippa, from Parents Exchange. …So as Miss 5 finishes her first year at school it is time to share some things I have learnt from my own experiences. Saying that she had had enough of school after her first week is ok / maybe even normal. When our boys do that in a few years time, I will try and remember not to reply with...

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