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The Faraway Seed by Anna Boucaut

Single Mum Children's Book Reviews

The Faraway Seed

By Anna Boucaut

Book Details

Title: The Faraway Seed
Author: Anna Boucaut
Illustrations: Jill Brailsford
Hardback and Softcover: 32 pages
Country of origin: Australia

"Bloom where you are planted"

The Faraway Seed is a gorgeous children's book, well worth buying for your child for the beautiful illustrations alone - but it has more to offer than just that. It also happens to have an important message to communicate to children. The Faraway Seed's story teaches children that difference and change can be a good thing, and can even make things better!

"...A forest grew tall and proud on the land. Its trees were strong. Their bark was smooth. Their leaves were sleek and glossy green. One day a bird from a faraway place flew over the forest and dropped a seed..."

This beautifully illustrated picture book is a joy to read to young children, with it's gentle story and peaceful themes. It gives parents the perfect opening to discuss how different cultures or the differences between people can complement each other, making the world a better place.

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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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