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Kat Abianac

Writer, HuffPost blogger, life hacker. Life's too short. Free up your time for the good stuff. Use the 'contact ' tab on this site to request her media kit or to get in touch. You may republish content from www.hackyourfamily.com on your own site, provided a pingback is made to her original article and she is fully credited as author.


What an Allergy Mum Wants You To Know

By Kat Abianac / June 2, 2016

When Eden Clougher shared an intimate, raw image of herself with her baby girl Nyalath on her Facebook page, she wanted to show a behind the scenes image of parenting her baby with allergies. While some parents still simply think of allergies as ‘no peanut butter in the lunchbox’, lived experience showed allergy mum Eden the […]


How to Tell if you Have a Super Au Pair

By Kat Abianac / February 28, 2016

The elusive super au pair. Defined differently by everyone, I know. But here’s my experience, and what I noticed the similarities were when hiring them. This NOT a list of all traits a Super Au Pair needs! Simply a list of traits that I have really appreciated in my former au pairs. Super au pairs […]


Au Pair Guide on How To Be An Irresistible Host Family

By Kat Abianac / January 13, 2016

Au Pair Guides are littered across the internet. But the relevant, up to date ones are few and far between. Au pairs blog about au pairing, host families write about hosting. But where do we get the stuff that’s the most value? Au pairs telling host families what they want, and vice versa! That is where […]


6 Constant Questions When Hosting Au Pairs

By Kat Abianac / November 29, 2015

Hosting au pairs is a pretty awesome experience. And of course people want to know all about it. Here’s a list of the more amusing questions I get asked regularly.   “Aren’t you worried she’ll sleep with your husband?’ NO. I like to think my life choices include a future husband who doesn’t sleep with au […]


5 Times I Mildly Regretted Having An Au Pair

By Kat Abianac / November 21, 2015

Having an au pair has been a rewarding experience for my entire family. They add so much to our lives, our colossal learning curves and family fails fade into humour pretty quickly. They ranged from ‘I find this hilarious and I wish it hadn’t happened but I’m glad it did’, all the way to ‘I’m going […]


5 Outdoor Activities For Kids

By Kat Abianac / October 8, 2015

Did the kids paint the cat blue again? Time to get them out of the house – and save your sanity – with these entertaining activities that won’t break the bank 1. Play backyard bowling Set up 10 empty cereal boxes or soft drink cans in a standard ten-pin bowling formation on your lawn or […]


5 School Holiday Ideas For Tweens That Aren’t Minecraft

By Kat Abianac / September 30, 2015

School holidays strike fear into the heart of many parents, but once we have tweens it peaks at a whole new level. With Holiday Care no longer an option for many due to being in high school, options tend to be limited to an array of overpriced ‘day camps’. Parents can’t always take the whole […]