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The Organised Mummy - Renee Bennett

Renee Bennett is an Australian author, teacher and mother.

The Organised Mummy - Renee Bennett

Her debut into the world of writing with Broken Wing Butterfly, a non- fiction book for teenage girls from divorced homes, earned her a finalist spot in the prestigious CALEB Prize.

Her second book, Imagine We Were, is her first picture book. Published by Wombat Books, it was released in June of this year.

Renee has been a teacher for twelve years and holds a second degree in Creative Writing. Being a teacher, as well as a mother of three children she’s learned how to be super organized!

Renee regularly contributes to the National magazine, Enhance. She is a regular speaker in various community groups around Australia as part of her and her husband’s roles as the National Youth Alive Directors, a not-for-profit organization helping teenagers and young adults.

You can follow Renee on facebook at Renee Bennett/Author.

Articles written by The Organised Mummy for

Holidaying with the family on a budget
Create your own Advent Calendar tradition
Nutritious lunch box and snack ideas
Helping Kids and Parents Survive Homework!
Money-saving back-to-school tips for busy mums!
Organising end of year school chaos
Preparing Your Child For Their First Year Of School
Using Your Fridge To Organise Your Family
Christmas In July - How To Take The Pressure Out Of December!
Getting Out The Door In The Mornings - Still Smiling!

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


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.


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


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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