At-home mums

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - YOUR LETTERS - R. SCOTT

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.

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