Archive for December, 2010

Women can’t have it all: Female academic says those with top jobs only end up with ‘nominal families’

December 20, 2010

Click here for a news item on a report by Catherine Hakim, a former FTM AGM speaker.

Snow politics and spending time with your children

December 3, 2010

The following was sent to us by a member:

Does anyone else find that snow clearly highlights the differences between us as regards to the value of spending time with children?

Some people want children to go to school come what may,  so as not to miss a single lesson  (how awful that would be to miss a few formal lessons!!!  – they’d probably be sitting on their bottoms on a hard floor being ‘minded’ anyway as the teacher probably hasn’t been able to make it;   yes they might enjoy snowball fights with their mates,  but don’t they have friends in the neighbourhood at home too?).

Others are content to stay at home and enjoy the beautiful conditions (yes it’s a pain after a while,  but how exciting for the children).

Some couples fall out as to who should stay at home and who should struggle to work. Other couples, who have already organised their lives so that one person takes care of the children, can feel happy they don’t have these domestic conflicts!

I have to ‘shut up’  today  (our first snow day) as I clearly don’t have the same views as the majority of the people in my street!!! – eg, comments I have heard:

Why should I be the one who stays at home with the kids?

Why is his job more important than mine?

What do they (the bus companies) expect us to do exactly?

It’s ridiculous to close the school until mid-day!

Moan moan moan…..Off to play snowballs now!