Its about removing obstacles that parents face when trying to work with young children. It is not a commentary on what's better. Its all about improving access to work as a pathway to equality. In the past mums have had no choice but to stay home. Rebates give us more choice. That's a good thing.
They're not saying everyone should work. They're saying if you want to work we will make that easier because its a matter of equality that everyone has the opportunity to earn a living and support themselves.
And OP if you're feeling undervalued. I do agree that it can seem like staying home is not valued. But I find it helps to remind myself that I'm not doing this to get society's approval. I'm doing it because it works for me and my family for now and that's what matters.
Plus, we do get assistance too. We can get child care rebates too for up to 24 hrs a week, and we get FTB.
I think its great. Means there will also be more jobs for nannies, ive been wanting this for years!
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Yeah, I'm not understanding the arguing going on in here either. I could be either a SAHM or working mum depending on how much childcare is going to cost for 2 kids once #2 is born. I don't choose one or the other to suit the care of my kids. I'll be doing which ever costs me less so we can live. At this stage I can clear more money than it costs for daycare so I'll continue to work. But if with 2 in childcare I break even there is no point me working to send my kids to childcare when it'll cost the same to have them home with me. I actually enjoy working, but also enjoy being home with my DS. So doesn't bother me which I do, but as I only get basic assistance from the government I'll probably be a SAHM soon.
Also my sister is a nanny and earns about $20+ an hour (not sure how much exactly), and most days working 8-10 hours, so although it costs the family maybe $160-$250 a day she doesn't have that much after she has taken her tax and super out.
I'd love to pay her to watch my DS but I'd say a nanny is a luxury, even with a rebate I don't think I could afford it.
And I don't think there could be much nanny work off the books, as the amounts they earn would be too hard to hide. Plus they have to pay their own super so the only way to have that is to declare their income, and also pay tax.
All arguments aside, I think we all do the best job we can with what we're provided in each individual situation so should all be just giving hugs and cuddles instead of judgments
I think ppl have taken the OP out of context. The post is all for working mums and the benefits they receive. It's just broaching the topic that if we choose to stay at home maybe some more help is needed to be able to create a balance. Yes I get FTB and we don't live like kings either and if I returned to work we would still struggle would work out the same if I stayed at home. Think it's great that working mums are offered all these benefits but maybe the government needs to look at the cost of living itself. It's a sad state that 2 parents have to work because they can't afford not too. Fuel costs ,housing prices ,electricity ,gas other utilities, food costs are all rising and our wages stay the same how can this be.
I've been sahm, dh is now sahd. Financially it cost us less that way. I've loved being a working mum AND a sahm. I think the first 2 years at home with ds ee the perfect length for me
I don't see the issue personally. The needs of a working mum and a stay at home mum are totally different. Presumably you don't stay at home intentionally (unless you are job seeking) if you can't afford it.. And it doesn't come with any additional costs. Where as the choice or need to work comes with a HUGE cost in childcare.. And if there were no rebates.. Only very highly paid women would be able to work. Which isn't very beneficial. I'm not sure if people are arguing that stay at home mums should be paid more to stay home? I think something like longer maternity leave as they have in other countries would be great, so that all women could more easily make the choice to stay home for a few years. But perhaps the government doesn't want to encourage that, because they are worried that too few women would return to the work force and gaps would be left? I dunno, just guessing
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I think it's a good thing, ESP for families like mine where we are both shift workers and may need out of hours care from time time. I hope it gets through, my boss is a Mum, and so is her boss, and that has made it much easier for me, they understand the challenges of being a working Mum.
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