Moth­er­hood’s heart­break­ing demise

The Mail on Sunday - - Comment -

IF WE can­not be sure that there is a spe­cial in­vis­i­ble bond be­tween moth­ers and their chil­dren, then we can­not be cer­tain about any­thing. But if this is so, how can we jus­tify the cur­rent stri­dent fash­ion for urg­ing moth­ers to go out to work when their chil­dren are small?

I was struck very deeply by one tiny piece of the rem­i­nis­cences of Es­ther Rantzen’s daugh­ter Re­becca Wil­cox (who has cho­sen to stay at home with her own chil­dren). It read: ‘As a tod­dler, my el­der sis­ter Emily used to wave Mum good­bye at the door and then go straight to her bed­room win­dow over­look­ing the drive­way, to watch for her re­turn.

‘At the time Mum was never told about this daily vigil, but, look­ing back now, she ad­mits it breaks her heart.’

Shouldn’t it break all our hearts? And if not, shouldn’t it make us won­der if we are pur­su­ing a wise and good pol­icy?

Most women go out to work be­cause they have to, not be­cause glam­orous jobs in TV await them.

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