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Be Brave by Karen Rochester

Single Mum Children's Book Reviews

Be Brave

By Karen Rochester

Has your child been harmed by someone?

Perhaps you suspect that they are being bullied, or abused by someone? Be Brave, by Karen Rochester, is a valuable tool to help an emotionally or physically damaged child come to terms with what has happened, or is still happening to them - and teaches them how to make it stop.

The book gently leads the reader through possible symptoms of trauma caused by a harmful person. It seeks to let the reader know that to experience these feelings and thoughts is fine, normal and to be expected. It teaches them that destructive thoughts of self-blame are not true - that circumstances are not their fault, and that they have a right to be safe - that to hurt another person is not okay - ever.

This book arms children with important knowlege - that what they are experiencing is an abusive situation. It teaches them that the perpetrator may lie to them and ask them to keep silent - and that this is how they keep hurting the victim. It carefully covers all angles as it encourages the child to tell a "safe" person that they trust what is happening to them - to be brave.

A excellent support book, Be Brave can give children the key to their own escape from a damaging situation, and let them know that everything will be okay if they can just be brave enough to let the secret go and tell someone what is happening to them.

Be Brave is available for purchase in either soft or hard cover from JoJo Publishing, or alternatively from one of the many stockists listed here

Book Details

Title: Be Brave
Recommended for ages: All ages
Author: Karen Rochester
Illustrations: Kat Chadwick
Editor, Riima Daher
Paperback: 40 pages
Publisher: JoJo Publishing (2011)
Country of origin: Australia
Official website:
ISBN: 0980871018, 9780980871012

Karen Rochester

About the Author

Author Karen Rochester

Karen Rochester was born in Sydney, Australia. She joined the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as an Officer Cadet in 1990, and graduated from university with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree (HR and IR) in 1991 and a Diploma of Administration in 1992. While on duty in Melbourne in 1992, she was involved in a major motor vehicle accident which resulted in her requiring continuous rehabilitation, and was medically discharged from the RAAF in 2001.
Karen enjoys scuba diving and underwater photography, and also walking the dogs with her husband at their home in Canberra, Australia.

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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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