Sunday, 10 March 2013

A Life in Colour...

Fabrics designed by Kaffe Fassett 
...That is the name of an exhibition of Kaffe Fassett's work at the Fashion and Textile museum (nearest tube station London Bridge) from March 22nd to June 29th.

Happy Mothers Day to all the mums reading this.
 I have three children. Love them all to bits. And I often think how, when expecting a baby for the first time you have no idea how that little person so completely changes your life. Once he or she is born life is never the same again. 
Mine are all grown up now. 

I remember when they were just babies the pressure I felt on me to go back to work when the last thing I wanted was to leave my baby. 

I keep hearing of couples paying out for childcare so both parents can work and I think what's the point of mums working if all or nearly all they earn gets paid to someone else for caring for the children? 

I remember thinking that if the government paid me to stay at home with my children, to do the best job I could to bring up good individuals for the next generation instead of putting me under pressure to leave them to go out to work the country would be a happier place.

However that pressure to earn made me make things to sell. I could make and look after the children, making more when they were asleep. In theory working from home around the children and their needs seems a good compromise. But also getting a cash incentive from the government to be at home would be even better!

I'm getting down from my soap box now. But as a Mothers Day present could I ask you to comment today? I know you don't usually comment but it's easy just click Comments under this post and write. I would love to hear from you. Enjoy your Sunday.


Anonymous said...

Why would the government want to encourage people to have children? Isn't the planet over populated enough already?

Lynne Davidson said...

Oh dear, anonymous sounds a bit grumpy but, sadly, I guess that they do have a point. I count myself as very lucky to have been able to stay at home when my children were tiny and to then do a very well-paid,part-time job when they were older. A time in my life that I cherish.
As for comments! Well I feel quite guilty. I look at your blog every day.......silently. And from my own blog experience I know how tantalising it is to know that you have readers and to not know who they are or what they think.
A big sorry :(

Christine said...

I try to comment but it does't seem to we go! I was fortunate to have stayed home with my two children until they started school. I then had my own shop which meant that I could employ someone when I needed to be at home and to meet them from school.

I noticed that Mums had to work when the mortgage multiple went from 3x husband's salary + 1 of the wife's earnings to up to 5x joint income. House prised rose and to get on the property ladder, mothers started to work full time.

Keep blogging Jenny - it's the first thing I do: coffee, jenny's blog, feed the dog!


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jenny said...

Thanks for all your comments.
Christine, I've made it easier to post a comment because there's no word verification now. Just write, click on a box in 'choose an identity' and click on 'publish your comment'. Done. Happy Mothers Day to you.

Fibre frenzi said... read your blog rather late on Mother's Day! Hope you had a good one.....I agree that to be at home with your babies is the best possible...but i guess the world around us is changing. I'm all for a government grant and to acknowledge parenting as a career - at least for a period of time. Keep dreaming......!! x

Melanie said...

What a better place this country would be if the powers that be listened to your wise words. I hope that you too had a lovely Mother's day.