When my children were growing up in the 1980s and 90s I was primarily an at-home mum (as were many of my contemporaries), fitting in part-time work around family in order to “keep a hand in”. No worries about before and after school care or what to do with the kids in their holidays. Our preschoolers were taken out and about in the community, rather than being in daycare centres, which were then pretty few and far between. We were lucky – we could afford to make that choice, unlike many of today’s young mums who need to do fulltime work to help pay the basic bills. So if “Mothering the nation starts at home” as your last cover says, I reckon it’s sad that so many of our mothers can’t afford to be there.