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To Begin Again
My Australian Single Mum Story - Anonymous | 18 January 2017

...I would be the perfect housewife. My husband would be hard-working and would come home to find the house immaculate and the kids would run to meet him as he drove up the driveway while I put the finishing touches to our evening meal more...

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Thank God He Cheated
My Australian Single Mum Story - Anonymous | 11 August 2016

I'll never forget the moment I received 'the email' from my husband's mistress. I was at work at the time. At first I thought it was some kind of joke or spam Ė until I scanned down and saw my 18-month old daughter's name mentioned more...

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Joint Custody - those two scary words
My Australian Single Mum Story | 8 April 2016

When I first left my sons father, taking with me my two-year-old son, I am not sure I had even heard of Joint Custody. It did not take long, however, for my sons father to work out their mystical, magical power more...

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My Threenager - Surviving three year olds!
Amy Ahearn | 16 March 2016

It was a gradual thing, this threenagerdom. She went to bed as a darling of a two-year-old and woke as a darling three-year-old. The real change didn't happen overnight more...

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Holidaying with the family on a budget
Renee Bennett | 22 April 2015

Holiday-hacks - budget family holiday ideas, super-simple recipes and more more...

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Single Parenthood is not a choice
An anonymous single mum | 03 September 2014

As a single parent it was hard hearing her saying that on average children of single parents will fare worse in life than those with two parents. My immediate response was more...

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Creating a Christmas Count-Down Calendar
Renee Bennett | 04 December 2013

It would be super easy to just grab a licensed calendar from the supermarket, but why not add a twist to it this year! I use my countdown calendar to have fun, create excitement about Christmas, but also it's a great opportunity to reinforce your family values! more...

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Disney On Ice VIP Facebook Single Mum Review
Belinda Duffy | 16 May 2013

When SingleMum.com.au received a Disney On Ice VIP Event invitation we knew just who should attend and report back - one of our Facebook mums! Successful Facebook reviewer mum Belinda Duffy gives us the run-down on how their special single parent family Disney On Ice VIP day went! more...

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Nutritious lunch box and snack ideas
Renee Bennett | 12 May 2013

I have always prided myself on feeding my kids a pretty healthy diet. Now I'm not so sure! I have done a truck load of research into the damage of sugar, processed and packaged foods and vegetable oil more...

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Top money-saving back-to-school tips for busy mums
Renee Bennett | 16 March 2013

After an entire day of being at school, most children are not exactly jumping for joy at the thought of sitting down for more study. And to be completely honest, I share their feelings. After school time is what one of my good friends cleverly labeled as 'Arsenic Hour'! more...

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How to work from home without losing your sanity!
Alison Bolakis | 15 March 2013

Handmade products have had a "boom" period in the last 5 years - mostly due to households needing more income, and the determination of Mothers not wanting to return to the workforce more...

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My Story - Trapped On Centrelink Welfare
Anonymous | 24 February 2013

I am a single mother of two young boys & this is my single mum story. 19 mths ago I separated from my partner after revelations of his infidelity and drug abuse surfaced. I had never imagined myself as a single mother and had previously found myself judging those who were - now the shoe was on the other foot more...

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5 Ways to Tell You're Ready to Buy a House
Morgan Rivera | 9 January 2013

Whenever the market is prime for buyers, it can be tempting to jump in and snap up a good deal on a starter home or the house of your dreams, but before you take out a home loan, ask yourself five questions to make sure you're really ready more...

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Top money-saving back-to-school tips for busy mums
Renee Bennett | 06 January 2013

My last blog was about organising end of year school chaos. This one is to help you get back to school with a few dollars left in your purse! I now have 3 kids at school to organise Ė plus myself! Being a teacher, I'm also 'going back to school'! So here are my top time and money saving tips more...

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Organising end of year school chaos
Renee Bennett | 15 December 2012

I thrive on being organized! Anytime I feel out of control - I vacuum. Feeling stressed - reorganize my pantry. Feeling a little bored - move my furniture around. Hmmm...a little sad, isn't it? So you can imagine my dread when I see the kids coming toward my car on the last day of school carrying bag loads of - stuff! more...

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6 Ways To Help Your Child Sleep Better
Elena Morgan | 6 December 2012

Parents are always worried about their children's health. They fret over the nutritional content of their food, the amount of physical exercise they get, and whether they have enough friends at school. Parents go to great lengths for their children, but many overlook one important aspect of their children's health: sleep more...

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10 Ways to Make Time for Yourself When You Have Kids
Danielle Garza | 9 November 2012

When you have kids, it can seem impossible to make time for yourself. One of the most important things about being a parent is organization, and this includes making yourself a top priority. When you schedule in time for yourself and donít feel guilty about it, you will have more of yourself to give to your kids. Here are some of the top 10 ways to make time for yourself more...

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The Top 5 Places For A Perfect Single Parent Family Holiday
Melissa Davis | 5 November 2012

Being a single parent doesnít mean that we have to miss out on holidays, and it certainly doesnít mean that they have to be a chore. If you choose the right destination you can have a perfect holiday that not only the kids will love - but you will too more...

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Preparing Your Child For Kindergarten
Renee Bennett | 24 October 2012

...as a Prep teacher for nearly ten years, I have welcomed hundreds of children into the classroom. And believe me, I can tell very quickly which children have been well prepared for school. What you do in that year before they start is ever so important! more...

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8 Ways Single Mums Can Travel With Their Children With Autism
Jane Bongato | 25 September 2012

Mums who have children with Autism face unusual challenges. This kind of disability requires that children who suffer have constant supervision and care. For single mums, this can make traveling around Australia, or the world, extremely difficult. Not only will you be handling your own travel schedule, but you will need to take extra precautions to ensure that you and your baby arrive to your destination in as easy a way as possible more...


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Using Your Fridge to Organise Your Family
Renee Bennett | 20 August 2012

There is so much technology to help us organize our lives! We have iphones, ipads and laptops. We can sync them to see our diaries on each device so we never miss an appointment or special occasion! We have every reason to be super-organized with our super-crowded schedulesÖuntil we have children at school or kindy! more...

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Get your child to go to bed - and stay there!
Alexis Eborall | 16 October 2012

My children are aged six and seven, and over the years I have experienced major problems with my kids in the sleeping department... ...they wouldn't stay in their beds all night! I decided to introduce a "sleeping" chart a little while ago, and whilst its only starting to work on my 7yo, my 6yo is on his third chart more...

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Keeping Children Safe In Driveways
The Hon. Catherine King M.P. | 24 August 2012

One of the things I was not prepared for when I became a new Mum (and there were many at the age of 42!) was just how anxious I would feel about my sonís safety. What was the safest pram, cot or car seat? Were the cords on our curtains out of reach? Could our dogs be allowed near him? Despite my best planning, I knew it was impossible to imagine every eventuality that could befall him more...

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4 Ways Your Child Will Embarrass You In Public
Nancy Parker | 15 August 2012

It happens to all of us. There is something that your child will do that will make you turn bright red and feel like running for the hills. You can count on the fact that at some point in their younger years, your child will do something publicly that will have you feeling like you're dying inside more...

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The Impatient Parentís Guide To Tackling Travelling Tantrums
Sophie White | 22 July 2012

"I don't like this food! It's too hot here! I want my own room! Can't we just go home?" Travelling with tots in tow can sometimes feel like taking a trip with ticking time bombs - you find yourself constantly worrying what will set them off and how you'll survive. Holidays are supposed to be a time of relaxation and fun, but travelling with kids can be hard work. Fortunately, there are some tried and tested techniques you can use to restore the peace quickly more...

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Christmas In July
Taking the stress out of December...
The Organised Mummy
Renee Bennett | 16 July 2012

I am in love with Christmas. It's hands down my favourite time of year...there's childhood magic that has never worn off for me in the hustle and bustle of it all. However what does wear thin - is my purse! I'm sure it's the same for us all Ė more money goes out then comes in! more...
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Getting Out the Door in the Mornings
The Organised Mummy
Renee Bennett | 12 July 2012

Yes, it is possible! There is a way to get into your car without blowing a gasket! We all know how it is. We rant, rave and lose the plot making sure everyone has everything - and once belted in, that we actually have everyone! more...


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5 Best (Legal) Places to Watch Movies Online in Australia
Single Parent Money-Saving Ideas
Kristy Ramirez | 11 July 2012

Movie going has become an expensive outing lately, and if you want snacks, you better be ready to pay through the nose for popcorn, the multiple drinks, and candy treats for the kids. There are some alternatives to cable and satellite television though more...


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6 Best Family Friendly Activities in Australia
Single Parent Travel
Kristy Alexander | 1 April 2012

Nowhere else in the world will you find such an incredible mix of unique outdoor adventures, fascinating cultural activities, child-friendly museums and opportunities to experience nature first-hand. So, why spend thousands on overseas airfares when you have endless options right here at home in Australia? more...


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4 Ways to Save Money on Nappies
Heather Smith | 24 March 2012

Raising your children alone often means you donít have money to burn...but what do you do about nappies? more...


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Cook in Bulk to Save on Groceries
Biljana Dimovska | 09 March 2012

Keep your freezer stocked up with homemade meals and thereíll always be something delicious to eat, even when you donít feel like cooking! more...


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How to give your kids Healthy Meals on a Limited Budget
Kate Bloomsbury | 16 February 2012

...Instilling good dietary habits from a young age also means that your kids are more likely to have a healthy attitude towards food in adult life more...


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21 Ways to Save Money - that really work!
Michelle Lee | Mummy Blog | 09 February 2012

Saving money is not rocket science; it only requires the discipline to follow a bunch of small, relatively simple-to-implement steps. These steps may seem daunting to a single mum but can profoundly affect your budget and your sense of well-being more...


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Smart Single Mum Parenting For Happy Kids
Single Mum Australia Exclusive!

Olivia Nicholas, Mummy Blogger

If you are a single mum, you will agree with me in saying that it is one of the biggest challenges you have ever faced in all your years. However, while not without its difficulties and struggles, it is likely that you also consider it the most beautiful and most rewarding task you have ever been handed in your life more...





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What does it mean to be a single mum?Of course, the

kids

are the most important thing in a single mum's life. Kids are the focus and always have been. But along with the children, there are other matters that can confuse a single mum's life.

Centrelink

plays a big part of a single mother's life, mainly because this is where a large percentage of single mums get their finances from. Centrelink are the source from where the

single mother pension

, or as it is otherwise known, the single parent payment comes from. The single mother pension is a subsistence amount, but just the same, it is money to live on, and so it is important, no matter if it is called single parent payment, single mother pension or whatever Centrelink welfare classes it at the time

Often, single mums come out of a

divorce

or defacto relationship only to find that their troubles have just begun, and find that their first step leads them towards Family Law - it's time to engage a lawyer.
There are more than just Centrelink finance problems to worry about, as mentioned before, but also

child custody

issues. Child custody is something that hits right at the heart of

single mums

. If a single mother's ex husband or ex partner has been a domestic violence perpetrator, the mum may be greatly worried about child custody. They worry that their kids won't be safe with their spouse, who has already proven to be abusive because they caused

domestic violence

, which resulted in a divorce or separation.

Even so,

Family Court

will often still order a form of child custody named

Shared Parenting

. Shared Parenting is a form of child custody division of time or parental responsibility between the parents. Mother's often look for a good divorce lawyer to try to avoid share parenting with an abusive ex-spouse after divorce, however in many cases Shared Parenting is still the outcome after the divorce, no matter how good the divorce lawyers have been. They will often settle for visitation at a contact centre or access centre where fathers or mothers are supervised during child custody access.

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