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.