Archive for the ‘Working women’ Category

How much time do mothers spend with their children?

April 2, 2011

Study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development – an organisation that helps governments tackle challenges – shows that mothers in Britain who work outside the home spend on average one hour 21 minutes a day looking after their families – including meal times; and that stay-at-home mothers manage almost twice as much time directly caring for their children, with 2 hours 35 minutes dedicated to activities like meals, bathtime and playing games. Click here for more on this.

It might sound strange that stay-at-home mothers manager only one hour more with their children than those working outside the home, but… (more…)

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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?

Do women really want to marry for money?

January 6, 2011

Click here for a Daily Telegraph story based on research from Catherine Hakim, a former FTM AGM speaker, and a researcher at the London School of Economics.

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!

Juggling careers and children takes its toll

November 30, 2010

Click here for this press release. Its main purpose is to garner coverage for a provider of health care coverage – but it is worth reading.

What women want: evidence from British Social Attitudes

November 24, 2010

Geoff Dench, Hera Trust, 2010, xiii + 154pp, £12.95, ISBN 9780952352952

This is a review by Norman Wells of the Family Education Trust and is reproduced here with kind permission.

In this report, Professor Geoff Dench of the Young Foundation questions the common assumption that women in Britain have freely chosen to leave the domestic sphere in order to take a fuller part in the labour market without any regrets. Drawing extensively on British Social Attitudes (BSA) surveys, he shows that family life comes much higher in the scale of priorities of most women than work outside the home, that family life suffers when women put work first, and that being a housewife is a rewarding role. (more…)

Save the Children suggests families learning together

May 19, 2010

This article reports on a scheme to encourage families to spend time together. But how practical is this when all parents are now out of the home working? A long-time FTM member comments. (more…)

The best tip for women wanting to have it all is: don’t bother

May 2, 2010

Click here for this Times article from Minette Marin.

A generation of women bred to work

March 16, 2010

Click here for this Sunday Times article. It includes the following:

Yet the drudgery of cleaning and cook­ing and child-rearing, it has now transpired, was important skilled labour. So skilled, in fact, that we now need television programmes to show us how to clean our lavatories, rear our children and cook our dinners. The most basic housekeeping skills — such as working out a weekly budget and sticking to it — seem to have eluded us. Debt? Our grandmothers did not know what that meant. Could they have imagined their granddaughters would spend half a month’s wages on a handbag and the other on Marks & Spencer’s ready meals? Or throw out a perfectly good blouse because of a missing button, or not know how to bake a batch of buns without looking up a recipe in a lavishly illustrated cookbook?

What our mothers neglected to tell us was that women had been keeping the show on the road for centuries. Our skills as homemakers were important. Nourishing our children, managing the money, the traditional crafts of knitting and sewing — these were not simply things we had to do, but creative occupations that added as much value to family life as the money the men bought it. Or, as we are discovering now, more.