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Smart Parenting for Safer Kids

Single Mum Australia Book Review

Smart Parenting for Safer Kids

By Professor Freda Briggs





Helping children to make smart choices and stay safe

Smart Parenting for Safer Kids by Professor Freda Briggs is a practical guide for parents on how to keep their children safe from the dangers of modern society. Written by Professor Freda Briggs AO, Australia's foremost expert in child protection, the book draws on her lifetime of experience to educate parents on how to deal with issues such as bullying, sexual abuse and developing children's safety skills.

Combining academic research and first-hand experience, the book aims to address common issues prevalent in modern day parenting. It includes real-world examples and information on how to identify if children have been involved in harmful situations such as bullying or physical abuse; effective techniques for handling and resolving such situations; and the psychological effects such situations may have on children. Practical exercises featuring role play and hypothetical scenarios also mean parents are still able to take a hands-on approach to working through such issues with their children.

On top of that, the book's wide scope ensures parents with children of all ages will receive advice on every stage of child development, from laying the foundations for a happy, healthy child to teaching children safety skills for dangerous situations and protecting them in cyberspace.

Smart Parenting for Safer Kids is a comprehensive, thought-provoking read which not only sheds light on some of the most difficult challenges parents will encounter when raising their children, but also provides a myriad of creative and practical solutions to resolving such difficulties.

"We teach children that goodness involves obedience to adults. Never say, ‘be good and do what you are told' when you leave children with other people. Children will obey an abusive child-minder even when they know what is happening is wrong. They fear that disobedience will result in the minder and parents being angry and they risk losing their parents' affection."

"Smart Parenting for Safer Kids" is available directly from Professor Freda Briggs by emailing her at Freda.briggs@unisa.edu.au. Smart Parenting is priced at $35.00, including postage.

Professor Freda Briggs

About the Author

Dr Freda Briggs AO is Emeritus Professor in Child Development at the University of South Australia and author of "Smart Parenting for Safer Kids" and "Child protection : The essential guide". Both books are available directly from Freda by emailing her at Freda.briggs@unisa.edu.au. Smart Parenting is priced at $35 and Child protection is priced at $59 including postage.
You can read more about Freda Briggs's here.






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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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