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What is the best age for a child to start swimming lessons

What is the best age for a child to start swimming lessons?
Tanya Boys | 17 April 2016

Here is a comprehensive age guide listing the pros and cons of when to start swimming lessons more...

Single mum pregnancy tips

Single mum pregnancy tips
Dr Zeenobiyah McGowan Ph.D. | 29 April 2015

Here are some tips for going it alone - and rocking single motherhood during pregnancy and beyond more...

Successful parenting with an ex-partner

Disney Frozen Elsa's Ice Palace Lego Set release news
Toy news update | 12 October 2014

Lego have finally cracked under the Frozen fan-base demand, and announced that they are producing a Disney Princess Frozen Lego set more...

Successful parenting with an ex-partner

A mum and dad guide to parenting after separation
Mark Gallagher | 20 August 2014

Are you a solo parent, or thinking of splitting up with your partner? You need to read these 8 important rules of successful parenting with an ex-partner more...

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Children's bank accounts - which have the lowest fees?
Jason Bryce | 20 July 2014

Every adult with a bank account knows how tricky banks can be when it comes to fees and delivering on their advertised headline interest rates. But it is still a bit of shock to find out that all of the children's savings accounts on the market now also have tricky conditions and some fairly nasty fees... more...

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Amazing ad campaign every little and big girl should see! | 01 July 2014

This ad should be viewed by all girls, particularly those pre-pubescent tweens who are about to hit... more...

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Children who abuse other children
Freda Briggs | 02 May 2014

This is a comparatively recent but increasing problem and one that parents and teachers are ill-equipped to handle. You expect your children to be safe at school more...

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Asthma and Your Child
National Asthma Council Australia | 12 February 2014

Raising a child who has asthma can be challenging, particularly when they are in somebody else's care, be that at school, visiting a friend's house, participating in sport or going on school camp more...

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Is a Pedophile targeting your child?
Jayneen Sanders | 24 January 2014

It crucial to note, that child sex offenders 'groom' both the child and the family. It is also important to note, that the sexual abuse of children has no social boundaries more...

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Great educational apps for primary school students
Rachel Hahn | 30 July 2013

In this modern age of technology, even children fresh out of the womb are being entertained to some degree with an "i-device". Be it soothing music to encourage sleep, games to entertain babies and toddlers, or educational games, there is an app for every stage of your child's life more...

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The Sexualisation of Children
Freda Briggs | 12 March 2013

For several years now, Australian academics have expressed concern about the premature sexualisation of children by manufacturers, advertisers and the internet more...

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Great iPads Apps to keep the kids busy on long trips
Guest article | 22 February 2013

The iPad has completely revolutionised portable entertainment, and from social networking to editing pictures, there are literally hundreds of things you can do to make your journey that little bit more interesting more...

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Protecting children from sexual abuse
Freda Briggs | 04 February 2013

I'm here to talk about child sexual abuse which I realize is a very uncomfortable subject. Given that 1 in every 4-5 children are sexually abused, it's inevitable that some of you were abused when you were young. If you haven't talked about it you may feel guilty...embarrassed...not realising that children are never to blame for what adults or older kids do to them more...

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How to arm your children against stranger danger
Freda Briggs | 30 December 2012

Recently, a ten year old Adelaide was sexually assaulted by a stranger while cycling along a well used cycle track alongside the River Torrens. Her parents were with her but out of sight. Although an estimated 95% of child sexual assaults occur within the home environment, children need to be aware of what to do if they encounter a dangerous adult more...

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Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse
Freda Briggs | 06 December 2012

The Prime Minister stated that the Commission would give victims a voice...Bravehearts and the National Child Protection Alliance have submitted suggestions for Terms of Reference and the Family Court is close to the top of the list given the number of cases in their files where children have been ordered, against their wishes, to live with the parent they accused of sexually abusing them... more...

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Child Protection Begins At Birth
Freda Briggs | 19 November 2012

Child protection has to start at birth because, unfortunately, some infants and toddlers are assaulted or injured by carers who can't cope with them crying. Others are used for sexual purposes and to make pornography which is a multi-billion dollar business supported by adults who need money for drugs more...

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What To Do When You Crave a Mummy 'Time-Out'
Chaley-Ann Scott | 20 October 2012

You have had four hours sleep, the house looks like you've been burgled, the kids are screaming at each other, and the baby has colic. We have all been there and it's not pretty. You feel overwhelmed, under appreciated and - let's be honest- R.E.S.E.N.T.F.U.L. You want - no CRAVE - time away more...

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Children with behavioural issues can get help
Jason Bryce | 31 August 2012

Single parent families can struggle to cope with a child that has demanding needs but help is available. Increasing numbers of children are being diagnosed with learning disorders and behaviour issues. Single parent families can struggle to cope with a child that has demanding needs but help is available. Don't get caught paying big dollars for assessments and assistance without doing some basic research first more...

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Helicopter Parenting
Freda Briggs | 5 July 2012

Parenting styles can be seen as a continuum with over protection at one end of the line and neglect at the other. Over reaction to very rare cases of child abduction have led to a generation of 'bubble-wrapped kids' with helicopter (or hovercraft) parents who supervise their every move and prevent them from playing outside with friends more...

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Dealing with temper tantrums
Dr Freda Briggs AO | 6 April 2012

Parent patience is seriously tested when toddlers develop temper tantrums. These involve spectacular explosions of anger, violence, high pitched screaming, stiffening or flailing limbs, falling down or holding their breath until they turn purple more...

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Encouraging healthy sexual development in 5-8 year olds
Dr Freda Briggs AO | 26 March 2012

Normal sexual play in the 5-8 age group involves "You show me yours and I'll show you mine", the aim of which is to check out whether we are all constructed in the same way. It usually involves friends of the same age. It involves equal sharing and no threat or coercion is involved more...

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Cyber Bullying
Freda Briggs | 23 February 2012

It is when a bully uses emails, chat rooms, texting, Facebook, Bebo, MySpace or other social networks to denigrate or cause fear in others. It is now the most common and insidious form of bullying and is usually anonymous. It is also a crime more...

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Promoting healthy sexual development in pre-school children
Freda Briggs | 12 February 2012

Children are naturally curious about their bodies. Boys are fascinated by their genitals because they protrude, are elastic and make pleasurable playthings. Watching our reactions, children gradually learn what is expected of them as males or females more...

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Dealing With Bullying
Freda Briggs | 10 February 2012

Bullying is a very common problem; one in four children are bullied frequently. Victims are often those who are not socially well integrated and it follows that children stand a better chance of avoiding it if you can help them to develop the social skills needed to form lasting friendships more...

How to get the kids eating healthy!
Dan Davis for | February 17 2011

I'm a huge fan of anyone's valiant efforts to get our kids eating healthier. Its no secret that the nations young are getting bigger, are less active and are more at risk of preventable diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke than ever before more...

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September 08 2010 - Juggling Dating and Children
Illawarra Mercury

Single parents often experience stigma about their dating choices, but there's no reason why they shouldn't take a second chance on love and companionship, writes EMMA SPILLETT more...

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How Can I help my Child Through a Trauma

The following questions have come from concerned parents. We thank Liz Mullinar for taking the time to respond and assist us with providing this information.
Q I have been forced by the court to hand my child over for access visits with my ex who is sexually / physically abusing her. How can I minimize or counter her distress more

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Why do we cry when our kids start school?

Ever since she entered her last year of preschool, I've been an emotional mess every time I think of her starting 'big school'. For a while, I had to take detours to avoid driving past her future primary school to stop me getting dangerously bleary-eyed behind the wheel.

As we progressed through 2009 and came closer to the end of her preschool years, things got worse more

Keeping the Stress out of Single Parenting

Budget Your Money. Even if you are living payday to payday like most of us, knowing how much money goes to where can be a big help. This gives you the relief that the bills are being paid more

What Parents Should Do For Children To Do Their Best After Divorce?

Why do some children still do best after divorce and separation? Is there divorce parenting approaches that really work? Read and learn the divorce parenting approaches that really work more

The Three-Ring Circus: 5 Tips for Single Mums Who Work

If you're a single mum who works, you probably don't have a lot of time to read, so let's get right to the point. In addition to your salaried work, you're a chauffer, a nurse, a psychotherapist, and an educator. It's as though you're not only the ringleader of your family, but you're also the master juggler (of schedules), the tightrope walker (of finances), the lion tamer (of behavior), and the trapeze artist (as you swing from home to work and back again). Here are five tips to help you keep your sanity when the circus takes up permanent residence in your household. more

Has Your Child Been Misdiagnosed For ADD/ADHD?

Teachers and parents often jump to the wrong conclusion when a child is inattentive. They often think the child has ADD/ADHD. Parents may hear from the school that their child is continually inattentive in the classroom. Schools may actually say that they suspect your child has ADD/ADHD. more

You And Me Against The World

As I researched and wrote Naked Motherhood and its subsequent thesis, I oscillated between believing I was articulating the experiences of a silent and silenced major minority in our society to wondering whether I was making a mountain out of a molehill. Two groups changed the way I viewed what I was doing forever - these were women who had not bonded with their babies, and single mothers. Read the full story here

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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