I totally respect every mothers right to work, but I'm getting fed up with the governments apparent obsession with getting all mothers back into the workforce. Isn't a full time mum still the gold standard for young children or did I miss the memo on some breakthrough research that says our kids would be better off with a nanny and mum and dad at work? Where are the incentives for families who manage on one income so their kids can have mum or dad at home full time? Am I the only one who feels left out? Maybe the pollies think the full time mums vote is not important. Maybe we can't find our way to the polling booth?
And what about mum who takes a few years off to raise kids? How does paid maternity leave or rebates for nannies help them back into the workforce? If you just take a year or so off you have maternity leave, flexible working options, maybe in future rebate toward a nanny. You take a few years off getting a flexible job around school / childcare is damn hard. What are they doing to help us? Nothing. The message is take too long off to raise your kids you'll never get a fullfilling job again. No wonder new mums are getting older.
grrr rant over :-)