How did we get here so fast?

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How did we get here so fast?

When my daughter was two weeks old, I watched a documentary about a young Australian man who tried to smuggle drugs through Singapore airport to make a few bucks so he could help his twin brother out of a financial rut. He was subsequently sentenced to death. 

I remember after watching it I sat in the bath cradling my tiny, sweet, innocent newborn baby in my arms, and I cried, and cried. Blame it on the hormones, or who knows, but all I could think about was that mother’s grief. I felt it. It was so real. And then I started to panic. I was terrified I’d forget to teach my daughter something crucial – like never ever smuggle drugs or you may be sentenced to death by firing squad. I worried for the world that she would grow up in, about all the bad things happening in the world, and all the bad people who might try to hurt her. I felt completely overwhelmed by the sheer enormousness of responsibility that I held in my arms. I just wanted to protect her forever. I held her close to me, and I hugged her. Continue Reading →

I am a single mum, and no, I am not a man hater

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I am a single mum, and no, I am not a man hater.

Lately I have been receiving a lot of accusations that I am a man hater. I am a single mum, so I must be a man hater, right? Wrong!

I created Single Mother Survival Guide to inspire, motivate, inform and support single mums. Not to hate on men. But it seems that people are getting confused with what single mums supporting each other actually means. From what I am hearing it equates to hating on men. This is very far from the truth. Continue Reading →

The Importance Of Quality Early Learning

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The Importance Of Quality Early Learning

Recently I was invited to an event run by Guardian Early Learning Group that was all about how the first five years of child development are so crucial, and how quality early learning sets the stage for success at school and later in life.

The presentation was made by Dr Elanna Yalow, world-renowned expert in early education and the CEO of Early learning Programs at KinderCare Education in the United States. Dr Yalow has several qualifications under her belt including a Ph. D in Educational Psychology, an M.B.A., and a B.A. in Psychology.

I wanted to write this blog post today to share some of my key take away messages from Dr Yalow’s presentation.Continue Reading →

Five Reasons Why Single Mums Can Celebrate Father’s Day

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Five Reasons Why Single Mums Can Celebrate Father’s Day

Single mums can cop a lot of flak from trying to steal all the glory from dads on Father’s Day. But, what if the father of their children is not in the picture? What if they are the ones doing the majority of the child raising? Some single mums are doing the work of both mum and dad, so on Father’s Day, we should be celebrating too. Here’s why…Continue Reading →

7 Essential Steps Single Mums Must Take To Get Relationship Ready

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7 Essential Steps Single Mums Must Take To Get Relationship Ready.

Getting back into dating as a single mum usually goes one of two ways - either people tend to find a rebound, or they feel so scarred they think they will never date again. Entering the dating world is scary when you have children, as you're probably very conscious that what you do will impact on them too. But it’s also an exciting time! Remember that as long as you’re happy, then you're kids will be happy too. And it's great for them to see you role model a positive relationship to them.

But it is important to make sure that you are relationship ready prior to putting yourself out there.

Here are 7 essential steps to take to get relationship ready as a single mum.

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