Clas­sic no-win sit­u­a­tion

Work and it hurts kids, don’t work and it hurts coun­try. Got it?

Life & Style Weekend - - HOME - with Jody Allen Jody Allen is the founder of Stay At Home Mum: www.stay­ath­ome­

SO THIS time a study has found that women who choose to stay at home to raise their kids are hurt­ing the Aus­tralian econ­omy.

A re­cent study by the Or­gan­i­sa­tion for Eco­nomic Co-op­er­a­tion and Devel­op­ment has found the rate of women em­ployed aged 25–54 years was close to the bot­tom of OECD coun­tries at 72.5%.

The rate of em­ploy­ment for sin­gle mums is 50.8%, which is among the low­est in the de­vel­oped world – only Ire­land and Turkey are be­low us.

They also say that stay-at-home mums are the “greatest un­tapped po­ten­tial” for Aus­tralia’s work­force and were cre­at­ing “po­ten­tially large losses to the econ­omy”, the same goes for mums who work part-time.

Now I can see their point but FFS, where does it end?

Mod­ern moth­ers al­ready need to be:

◗ Skinny

◗ Fit ◗ Pretty

◗ Groomed to within an inch of their lives

◗ Hair­less from the eye­brows down

◗ Mother Teresa

◗ Martha Ste­wart in the kitchen

◗ Jenna Jameson in the bed­room

◗ A math tu­tor for home­work, a taxi for soc­cer and the list goes on and on.

Work­ing full or part-time just isn’t an op­tion for some mums. It could be a mil­lion fac­tors – the cost of child care, the prox­im­ity of child care, jobs on of­fer, or it could come down to want­ing to spend time with their lit­tle peo­ple.

A per­fect ex­am­ple be­ing Kate El­lis (Fed­eral Mem­ber for Ade­laide), who has just an­nounced she will not stand for re-elec­tion next time so she can spend time with her son.

Ev­ery­body’s sit­u­a­tion is dif­fer­ent and if there is one thing mums don’t need it’s even more pres­sure (or guilt) than they al­ready have.

So in re­sponse to that lat­est study – shove it where the sun doesn’t shine.


STAY­ING MUM: The ABS states the me­dian age of moth­ers who reg­is­tered a birth in 2011 was 30.6 years, up from 30.0 years in 2001. Women al­ready have to be so many things so Jody says FFS over a study say­ing stay-at-home mums are hurt­ing the Aussie...

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