Sun, 30 September 2012
Birthday Party Etiquette - Invites, Themes & Venues
It's birthday season on If Only They'd Told Me! Nat & Jacqui have been busy planning, hosting and attending birthday parties. In this episode they discuss:
...and much much more.
The 5 top tips for hosting a Birthday Party
1) Plan to a budget
2) Have a wet weather plan
3) Give parents clear instructions on who, when and where
4) Ages and stages -invites, time
5) Relax and enjoy
Listen out for their follow-up Birthday podcast on catering and cakes.
Have a read of our 2 Birthday blogs: Cupcake Queen, Birthday Party Etiquette
We reached over 1683 podcast downloads for the month of September so a HUGE thank you to all of our listeners! Please continue to tell your pregnant and parent friends, work colleagues, Facebook contacts… about us on: www.ifonlytheytoldme.com
Check out our fab Birthday photos on Pinterest
Be in touch with your birthday tips, stories or any contacts for upcoming podcast interviews.
Nat & Jacqui
Sun, 23 September 2012
10 Top Tips for Toilet Training / Potty Training
Ah Toilet Training! With some children it's a relatively straight forward process, with others it's a stressful struggle. Nat recently attended a seminar on 'Toilet Training for Super Kids' by Laura Morley at the Parenting Place (http://www.theparentingplace.com). Reflecting on her own experience of toilet training two children and now armed with new information for toilet training her third child, Nat outlines 10 Top Tips for Toilet Training.
Sun, 16 September 2012
It can happen so quickly. You take a phone call, try to finish the job you started hours ago, or you simply get distracted by someone or something else. And when you look up, your child is gone!
Or perhaps your child is persistent and very good at the 'hide' bit of 'hide & seek'.
Having a child go missing, even for a short time, can be a parent's worst nightmare. So what are some strategies for avoiding the worst case?
In this cast we discuss:
- Knowing your personalities. Do you have a runner?
- Giving kids the skills (crossing the road etc)
- Defining the 'rules' of the game, especially the end of the game
- Have a plan that includes a meeting place
- Teaching your kids their 'details' (parents name, address…)
- Having a family password
- Useful equipment and accessories
- Who's in charge? The more the scarier.
Sun, 9 September 2012
What do you need to get ready for looking after a baby? In this Podcast we chat about things 'to buy' and things 'to do'. From playgyms and maternity lingerie to helping others and getting out $200 cash. These are some of our tips for preparing for baby.
Check out our recommendation at http://www.ifonlytheytoldme.com/products/
For a list of 'How to have a Fab First Year with Baby' check out Nat's list on http://www.skinnyscoop.com/list/ncutlerwelsh
For tips, checklists and a helping hand in pregnancy & baby's first year see: http://mamaslittlehelper.co.nz
Got more suggestions? Let us know what you found useful, or what you wish you'd been told on our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/ifonlytheydtoldme or email us, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sun, 2 September 2012
We're very excited to bring you this personal interview with Jaquie Brown, direct from the 'If Only They'd Told Me' studio.
Jaquie Brown is a tv presenter, author and Kiwi personality. 18 months ago, Jaquie also became mother.
Jaquie talks to Nat about her informative and entertaining book I'm Not Fat, I'm Pregnant! and her most recent television series 'Keep Calm and Carry On'. Aired on TV1 on Wednesday nights, it documents the ups and downs of motherhood in the early days. The show also provides an insightful look back in time to the way we used to do things and explores some current trends in parenting culture.
In our Podcast, Jaquie shares some of the joys, frustrations and learnings in her "classic Jaquie" candid and humorous style.
Some links from the show: