In short, I think what you or this sahm are saying is full of sh!t
First of all, I am a working mum and I didn't get either payment so am not biased lol.
I think that it's unfair that sahms don't get a payment, because many women don't return to the workforce between having their (for example ) first and second children. They may have worked for 15 years then had a baby, and decided not to return to work until finishing the family, or got pregnant again quickly, or whatever.
I think that as a SAHM you should also get the extra help to be able to stay home with your baby.
I don't like the idea that perhaps some sahms might be forced to return to work early because they needed the money that they would have had if they'd been at work before having their baby, if that makes sense.
I don't think you can say well if you can't afford babies don't have them, because the reality is that we live in the most expensive country in the world and having babies shouldn't be a privilege of the middle class / wealthy.
I think that as a society it's reasonable for us to give a helping hand with small kids.
But what is defined as returning "early".
I don't think that only the wealthy should have babies. But I do think its reasonable to expect people to work to be able to afford them.
I'm a SAHM and am fine with the fact that the PPL is heaps more. There has to be an incentive to work. But honestly, I get a little tired of the SAHM bashing that goes on here sometimes. I find the most judgmental group is working mums which is a real shame
When I had my first child, I worked until 2 weeks before my child was born, and returned when she was 5 months old. I got zero PPL. So while I'm a SAHM now, I worked and paid taxes for over decade before I had her.
I guess to me, returning early is before a year... Having said that I know many many women do return before then and make it work. I just feel like you shouldn't have to leave a tiny baby, for financial reasons. Ie if some women are having to return to work earlier than otherwise as a result of the baby bonus being cut, I think it's a bad thing, And I think that it's not fair if you have to go back to work earlier than someone else who is getting PPL
The baby bonus being cut will probably mean some women go back to work for long enough between having children to ensure they are entitled to it, don't you think?
I know many women find it extremely painful leaving their babies so they can work and often this is something you can't predict until you've had your child.
And if women return to work to ensure they get the PPL... Then it's doing its job.
I think it's a shame that delirium finds working mums the most judgemental on here. Ironically I find its the SAHM's but maybe people tend to feel more judgement from the "group" they're not in?
I don't know any SAHMs who expect the same level of payment as PPL, as they understand the difference between the payments.
It's not the Government saying, we are going to give all women a payment for having a baby. Group A can have this much because they worked beforehand and Group B can have less because they didn't work.
The two are incomparable and are given for very different things, which is why the amount is different.
Last edited by kw123; 06-07-2013 at 18:12.
Pregnant for the first-time?
Not sure where to start? We can help!
Our Insider Programs for pregnancy first-timers will lead you step-by-step through the 14 Pregnancy Must Dos!