web analytics

Categories

Gambling with my girls’ futures by returning to work?

>I’m sure in the fullness of time, someone will find a way to blame working mothers for global warming and the credit crunch.  Since we’ve not got there quite yet, the latest soundbite to add to maternal angst is that we are ‘gambling’ with our children’s futures by returning to work before they are one.

I’m lucky.  Luckier than a lot of working mothers.

Financially we don’t need both of us to work in order to cover our costs.  That said, we both work in an uncertain industry and having both of us in paid employment certainly smoothes things when life gets a bit hairy and one of us is at risk of being made redundant.

I work because, and this may be selfishly, I want to work.  I want to continue with my hard won career, I want to enjoy the mental stimuli I get from my job and I enjoy earning an income that contributes to our family security.

I consider myself a better person and yes, a better mother because I work.

The report does say that if you find good childcare then the potential impact is mitigated (is there any mother out there who would leave their child with poor childcare?).  And also it helps if you are a good parent when you’re around.

But even so, it really isn’t helpful to continue to suggest that its working mothers who are the root cause of all evils.

Has nobody done a study yet showing the perilous impact of having a working father?  Or has it never occurred to these researchers that there are usually two parents and that they have a shared responsibility for the welfare of their offspring?

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

10 comments to Gambling with my girls’ futures by returning to work?

  • TheMadHouse

    >It really does take all sorts for the world to turn and I dont belittle or judge anyone for their choices.

    I need a part time job and some income, but work is hard to find where we currently live.

    Each to their own. People are insecure in their decisions often & that is why they choose to judge and comment on other peoples choices

  • chickenruby

    >I've always worked, iitially for necessity and was fortunate to have loads of family living nearby for child care. I now work for me, only part time, hubby is the brad winner. I have 5 children one left home aged 18 to train in the army the 2nd leaves home in sept to start a 2 yr apprenticeship. They've all had part time jobs and have the drive to do well, which I believe in part is down to them having good examples to follow.

  • London City Mum

    >Of course it *would* be the bloody Daily Mail potificating about the damage we wreak on our offspring by choosing to work. Tsk.

    I work because I enjoy and I like to have my financial independence. Much like you – I know, we have had this conversation before!.

    I can only believe – if my own kids are anything to go by – that this is a positive thing and a good role model for children.

    Why do we get lumped in with the no-hopers, the deserters, or the mentally insane?

    Oh, sorry, that would be expecting too much of the Daily Mail to avoid that 'categorisation'.

    Twits.

    LCM x

  • SingleMotherAnonymous Does France

    >Once you become a mother the whole world and his wife wants to judge your every move in relation to your children. You can't win It's so tiresome.

  • angelica

    >here here! how about the one where they say it's not worth it because all the money ends up going to day care… how come the money for daycare only comes out of one salary?

    I work cause I want to, cause I want to be a good role model, cause I want my children to grow up with and independent, successful, interesting mom, cause I'd go insane if I didn't. I have gone freelance which means I get to spend more time at home and have flexible schedules. I think FLEXIBILITY is the future of human kind (that is, if they want anyone to have kids anymore)

    enough rambling and off to bed

  • Mwa

    >It is ridiculous indeed. And no child would be happier with an unhappy mother, OR father.

  • Adina00

    >How can I find my bankruptcy records fast. How can I find my bankruptcy discharge order  quickly, Quick way to get copies of your bankruptcy discharge order.For quick way to get bankruptcy records in your email. Bankruptcy live is document retrieval service.  You will find it helpful to dig out your bankruptcy records at bankruptcylive.com for a very nominal fees. ( Serving all 50 States).

  • It's a Mummys Life

    >I blogged this one too. Found it immeasurably irritating. The UNICEF report suggested that working mothers were actually damaging their kid's development really sent me over the edge. We're doing a great job keeping body and soul, house and home together. Sod what anyone thinks. Very best of luck with the new job, you'll be brilliant.

  • marketingtomilk

    >Oh it was The Daily Mail was it?
    ha ha ha. we all know how i feel about the daily mail. i don't live in their world, would never like to live in their world. Wasn't its editor once known to say "my job is to make people scared of the world"? Or was that The Daily Mirror. Perhaps it was The Daily Mirror. They're still in the same drawer at the bottom of my wardrobe with my hypnobirthing handbook and Gina Ford collection.

  • marketingtomilk

    >Oh it was The Daily Mail was it?
    ha ha ha. we all know how i feel about the daily mail. i don't live in their world, would never like to live in their world. Wasn't its editor once known to say "my job is to make people scared of the world"? Or was that The Daily Mirror. Perhaps it was The Daily Mirror. They're still in the same drawer at the bottom of my wardrobe with my hypnobirthing handbook and Gina Ford collection.

Leave a Reply

  

  

  

You can use these HTML tags

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>