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Anyone read this article and think....

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TheGirlWithGreenEyes Sat 09-Aug-08 19:40:39

www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2008/aug/07/women.workandcareers

but wait until you have to pay for childcare for two children and/or they reach school age and see if you still think it is so easy?

Janni Sun 10-Aug-08 18:02:16

I just didn't think it was a very inspiring article.

JackieNo Sun 10-Aug-08 18:07:24

Yes - in retrospect, having a nursery-age child is easy from a logistical point of view - it's school that suddenly made things more difficult - coping with school holidays etc.

wonderstuff Sun 10-Aug-08 18:08:50

The sufferagette comment was poo, they wanted the vote, not to be working mums, last time i looke sahm could vote?!

I think being a wohm is rewarding, but not as easy as all that, especially in many jobs, my lawyer friend regularly works till late at night, you just can't do that when you're a mum

Twiglett Sun 10-Aug-08 18:11:45

is it awful to think "yeah but you have a 1 year old at nursery .. that's hardly challenging.. just you wait"

theSuburbanDryad Sun 10-Aug-08 18:16:38

Twig - that was my thought exactly tbh.

And then I thought, "And yet you still can't manage to get her dressed or brush her hair?!" You lazy cow!! I hate seeing kids at ds' nursery dropped off in their pj's. Must really piss the nursery staff off too, it's not like they don't have enough to do!

I'm making the most of having an under 2 at nursery before dc2 comes along and puts everything off balance! wink

ilovemydog Sun 10-Aug-08 18:17:43

She was very smug.

wonderstuff Sun 10-Aug-08 18:23:59

How does it get worse? (have nearly one yo at nursery) hmm

Twiglett Sun 10-Aug-08 18:30:32

one child at nursery means you drop it off and pick it up and have full-time care

a child at school means you get, 6 weeks on, 1 week off, 6 weeks on, 2 weeks off, 6 weeks on 1 week off, 6 weeks on 6 weeks off etc .. oh and inset days (odd days off you're not expecting) .. oh and this is 9 till 3.30

plus there's after-school clubs to manage

oh and school plays, sports days and school trips you need to be at

and teacher conferences at 4pm

oh and then add another child and you have a school drop off, a nursery drop off etc

add another child .. stick one in secondary and one in primary

well, do you get it?

JackieNo Sun 10-Aug-08 18:31:39

Yes - nursery is easy - ours opened at 8, was there till 5.30, every day of the year except bank holidays.

Twiglett Sun 10-Aug-08 18:33:04

play dates .. forgot play dates oh and pta and socialising with school community and fairs

LittleBella Sun 10-Aug-08 19:03:02

It was irritating. Particularly the factually incorrect sentence at the end about the suffragettes. It was not what they chained themselves to railings for. They wanted middle-class women to get the vote, not all women to have access to paid work once they were mothers.

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