Archive for March, 2011

Early years childcare in East Germany

March 17, 2011

The implication of this article is that taxpayers should finance non-parental childcare so that mothers (or indeed fathers) do not have the onerous obligation of looking after their own children.

Even simpler would be to permanently put children into state-run orphanages. That would save parents the hassle of having to even put children to bed and look after them at weekends and holidays when schools are closed.

Why can’t governments just let alone and allow people to make their own choices? Some parents want to look after their own children, others don’t. Why should the tax and benefits system favour one group over another?

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Single-earner families suffer under UK tax regime

March 7, 2011

This research by CARE – a Christian social policy charity – shows that married single-income couples are taxed more in the UK than elsewhere. Click here and here for press reaction.

Older children need time too

March 7, 2011

It’s not just pre-school children who benefit from having a parent at home and available for at least part of the day. In this BBC online magazine article, the writer – a mother with with two school-age children and a three year old – says

…I’m quickly learning that the older kids get the more they need you.

My children… want me to take them to school and collect them afterwards. They want me to listen to them reading, help with their drawings, go on school trips and turn up at their plays.

In short they want my time and attention, something that the childcare expert, Penelope Leach, says will continue all the way through the teenage years.

Swedish experiences of child care

March 7, 2011

The text – click here – of a recent presentation at a meeting of the European Network of Cities for the Family by Jonas Himmelstrand of Haro, a Sweidish parental organisation, includes the following – which summarises the presentation well:

The state and society needs to be neutral as to the form of child care arrangements that the family chooses. Otherwise there is a definite risk that the shared responsibility will lead to dominant state control of the child care arrangements, and leaving parents powerless as to choices for their children.

“There’s so much more to being a woman than the job you do”

March 5, 2011

Click here for the full article from the Daily Mail. This includes the following:

Not so blessed is the tired mum who returns unwillingly to her mundane job on a production line simply because the family desperately needs her wage.

Indeed, just becauae both parents are out at work does not mean that they are happy about it.