8 Go-To Resources for Mums
Whether you are an expectant mum preparing to welcome your first child or an experienced campaigner with three kids already at school, chances are you have loads of questions you need answered. How do I keep kids entertained on a long haul flight? What are the best developmental toys for toddlers? How can I inspire my messy child to clean their room? Or maybe you are just searching for some inspiration and fun.
We’ve tapped into the Tiger Tribe brains trust and cut through all the internet noise to bring you our top eight, go-to websites and podcasts for all different kinds of mums. We hope you find some inspiration, information and affirmation!
1. The Shopping Mum... Mum’s Grapevine
In their own words: From the moment you fall pregnant until you're waving the kids off to school, Mum’s Grapevine is with you every step of the way, helping you shop smart, feel confident and pick up parenting tips to help navigate the curly world of motherhood.
What we love: This gorgeous looking site has a strong focus on shopping. And we all love shopping, right? Mum’s Grapevine has an entire team who spend pretty much every waking moment hunting down and handpicking the best gear for new mums, babies and little kids too. From inspiring interiors to the best quality toys and also some super handy tips and tricks, these guys are all about making your life easier. And more gorgeous!
Mum’s Grapevine strongly support Aussie and NZ businesses too, so it’s all about shopping local and supporting your community.
Awesome Resource: We LOVE the thoughtfully curated Gift Guides filled with the best products for kids, all handpicked and categorised by age.
Find Mum’s Grapevine here
2. The Rock n Roll Mum... Kinderling Radio
In their own words: Kinderling is Australia’s most popular kids radio station, playing family-friendly music and shows for children aged 0-7. Founded by a group of passionate parents, we aim to introduce children to a fun, fabulous world of music, stories and creative expression.
What we love: This radio station is fun, award-winning and family-friendly! All the programs and playlists are designed to complement your daily family routine. From mornings kicked-off with the happy, upbeat tunes on Start Your Engines; through to Settle Petal, an early evening playlist with gentler tunes and stories perfect for winding down, bathtime and prepping for bed. You might be surprised how quickly you relax too. Soon enough it’s bedtime with Sleepy Soundtracks, a nightly mix of lullabies. And you can be comforted knowing there will never be any strong language or inappropriate content issues.
Awesome Resource: Kinderling Mixed Tapes are terrific, themed compilations curated just for you! We reckon they are the perfect soundtrack for any family fun time, including road trips, crafting on a rainy afternoon, drifting off to sleep, kids’ disco parties, and more! And you can download the Kinderling Mixtapes for free from the website to your phone and listen offline, anytime! Our high rotation fave at the moment is Pack Away Anthems - perfect for inspiring even the messiest of kids to get down and clean up!
You can listen on digital radio, via the Kinderling app and online. Find out more here
3. The Informed Mum... Raising Children Network
In their own words: At raisingchildren.net.au, we provide free, reliable, up-to-date and independent information to help your family grow and thrive together. We’re funded by the Australian Government, reviewed by experts and non-commercial, so you know you can trust us. Designed for busy families and full of tips and tricks for you to try, our content is easy to find and easy to digest. We have the answers to hundreds of parenting questions, where and when you need them.
What we love: This really is a one-stop parenting information site for all families. The advice is current, evidence-based and scientifically validated and then written up in everyday language that makes sense. The facts are presented without any advertising or hidden agenda. From a week-by-week guide to pregnancy, tips on breast and bottle-feeding, information and guidelines for communicating with school age kids… through to dealing with mental health issues for teenagers, the Raising Children Network has the entire parenting journey covered.
Awesome Resource: The ParentingNow webinars presented on the Raising Children website are exceptional, giving you the opportunity to hear from some of Australia’s most trusted parenting experts, including Kate Strohm, Dr Melina Goodyear and Tony Gates, across a wide range of topics including behaviour, sleep and mental health. And they are free. You can even sign up to receive alerts for upcoming online events, here.
Find Raising Children Network, here.
4. The Creative Business Mum... The New Normal Podcast
In their own words: Emma Clark Gratton and Tess McCabe met via the online world and spent the heady days of early motherhood clutching cups of tea and pondering their new way of life with the tiny humans they had made. Now they have more kids, more challenges, more parenting dilemmas/anecdotes and have drunk way more tea.
On each episode of The New Normal, Emma and Tess invite a fellow parent to chat about life, kids, partnerships and fitting in work (usually creative work) around kid stuff; or discuss the things they have been enjoying and enduring as parents of young kids.
What we love: This podcast is very real and down-to-earth. In each instalment Emma and Tess interview mums who are also business owners, including Sarah Chapman from Tribe Communications, Maryanne Moodie (Insta-famous weaver) and Joyce Watts of insights. As sole traders and mum’s running their own businesses from home, this podcast will really help you feel like you are part of a community, as well as providing great insights.
Awesome Resource: As well as their insightful interviews with other creatives with kids, Tess and Emma offer parenting hacks for multi-tasking mums, and keep the listener up to date with the best things to listen to, watch and read. But mostly it’s nice to have a little reminder in our ears whilst going about our busy days, that we’re in good parenting company!
5. The Keeping it Real Mum... Lunch Lady
In their own words: Lunch Lady is a magazine where parenting is not taken too seriously but a balanced approach to family life is. Colourful, thoughtful and full-of-cheek, it reminds parents to keep things in perspective and have fun. It’s a beautifully printed kitchen keepsake full of recipes, inspiring family stories, photography, art + kids cooking ideas and funny relatable opinion pieces about the ups and downs of raising children.
What we love: Oh where do we start? This is a visually beautiful, printed magazine that looks a bit like your own mum’s recipe journal. Colourful, nostalgic, patterned and printed on delicious uncoated paper stock, Lunch Lady looks like it’s been handcrafted. And it’s filled with nutritious, delicious recipes, wonderful photos and articles about family that take a refreshingly honest and often humorous viewpoint. The only not so good thing is that it only comes out four times a year!
Awesome Resource: Jump online and you will find that the Lunch Lady blog is filled with all sorts of extra goodies not found in the print mag, including recipes, articles and great focus pieces on awesome businesses that support and align with the Lunch Lady philosophy (including Tiger Tribe)!
6. The Travelling Mum... Family Travel Magazine
In their own words: Family Travel mag is your go-to source for ideas and inspiration for holidays overseas and around Australia. Our dedicated Out & About with Kids section is full of activities and ideas for weekends and leisure time with the kids in your life. Published quarterly and timed to coincide with school holidays, Family Travel is your ultimate resource.
What we love: This is one of our favourite travel publications and we love that you can still purchase a printed version, meaning you can sit back, unplug and delve deeper into the inspiring travel stories. The magazine also considers families of all shapes and sizes, including those traveling with special needs.
Awesome Resource: The magazine’s Events Across the World is a quarterly guide to the best family friendly events and festivals, everywhere! From the Children’s Literature Festival in Cardiff, Wales to the Lotus Lantern Festival in Seoul Korea, it’s the perfect reference guide when planning your next family adventure.
7. The Expat Mum... Babyccino Kids
In their own words: Babyccino is a unique destination for modern parents and parents-to-be. Here you can discover the best online boutiques for all your shopping needs, find inspiration and ideas from our daily blog, and catch the travel bug with our series of family-friendly city guides.
What we love: For the European branch of the Tiger Tribe family and expat families, this is a super gorgeous international lifestyle website for modern mums! Started up by three friends (and brand new mums), each living in a separate European city (Paris, Amsterdam and London), Babyccino presents a beautifully curated collection of stylish independent boutiques, many with insightful product reviews, along with great daily blog content including delicious recipes, interviews with fun, insightful and creative mums and great book recommendations.
Awesome Resource: Oh my, talk about travel envy! We LOVE Babyccino’s kid-friendly city guides, written by locals who live in the cities and who really, truly know all the best places to eat, shop and play with kids. You can search each city by neighbourhood or categories including Eat, See, Play, Shop, Sleep, Tips and Out of Town. Make sure you check these guides out before your next O/S trip…. or just scroll through and dream!
Find Babyccino Kids, here.
8. The Gloriously Imperfect Mum... This Glorious Mess
In their own words: 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 three, and Holly Wainwright, editor, writer and mother of two, as they unpack what parents are really talking about. From toddlers to teenagers, it's all the disasters and delights of parenting, made real.
What we love: We love a good podcast, and this one has satisfyingly regular episodes, released weekly (sometimes more!). Keeping us company with parenting news and current affairs, and discussing a wide range of topics, the unpretentious dynamic between hosts Andrew and Holly is dynamite - and delightful. Covering toddlers to teens, they offer practical, sensible advice on common parenting issues and keep it refreshingly real, without any schmaltz.
Awesome Resource: Nailed and Failed is a fun segment where Holly and Andrew discuss their parenting successes and failures of the week, bringing the sometimes harsh, often humorous realities of parenting to the surface. We also love that listeners can call or write in to the show with their questions if they need a fresh perspective.
What are your favourite go-to mum resources?