Author(s): Celia Lashlie
A hard hitting look at our troubled society, the intergenerational cycle of crime and criminal families and the women who have the power to change things for the better - if we let them.
Take a pragmatic look inside the deep-seated issues underlying our appalling youth crime statistics. Examine the background of infamous cases of child abuse and violent crime and the way in which we as a society have traditionally handled - or some would argue mishandled - children born into families caught up in intergenerational crime, poverty and abuse.
By looking calmly and critically at what isn't working, Celia Lashlie brings her powerful insight and proven ability to tell it like it is to bear on the disheartening waste and impending social disaster our attitudes allow to continue.
Her message is to encourage comfortable middle class families that these crimes are not being committed by 'criminals' children - they are all our children, and we are all responsible. With heart rending insight, she follows the story of two small boys, aged eight and three, victims of the opposite of institutional neglect - and shows the destructive environment in which they live, weighed down by the attitudes teachers and police have towards them because of the family they come from.
The Power of Mothers is a searing wake-up call to voter and politician, parent and grandparent, social agency and lobby group alike.
Stop smelling the coffee and look out the window - if you don't, tomorrow is coming all too soon, to a crime near you. First published AUGUST 2010.
An internationally bestselling author, Celia has been a prison officer and prison manager, and has a degree in anthropology and Maori. Mother, grandmother, sought after speaker and social commentator, she now works in a freelance capacity and lives in Wellington.