Time for Parenting...
...because raising children is a full-time job
May 2003 Newsletter
Young Mothers say they want to stay at home, said an article in the SUNDAY TIMES (it was perhaps misleading to refer to these mothers as 'young' - in fact they were referring to mothers under 35). The article refers to research carried out at Bristol University for the report 'Winners and Losers', funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, published in March. A summary of the research reads:
A surprising proportion - over half - of young women expressed
'traditional' attitudes towards work and family. Most accept that women
with young children should not work full-time.
Great news! How disappointing, then, to be led to read the TIMES REVIEW, where India Knight had written an article entitled 'Keep on working, mum'. Apparently stay at home mums do their children no favours and are 'boring', and the 'selflessness' of full time mothering just leads to an obsession with the minutiae of our children's lives even when they're adult and married!
She quotes a study published in SCIENCE MAGAZINE showing that children from disadvantaged backgrounds do better when their mothers work - that their levels of anxiety decrease and that there's an decrease in teenage behavioural problems, drug and alcohol abuse. Apparently children are not troubled by having to get their own tea - they thrive on it. A contented and stimulated mother (a working mother) makes for a contented and stimulated child. And so it goes on...
Yet again, an article suggesting mums may want to stay
at home to care for their children has lead to another article condemning
the non-working brigade for making working mums feel guilty - 'ease up
on the guilt' says India Knight.