Ahhh, finished work at last…
So what about this jolly old maternity pay and what about equality for the sexes? Will the new proposal to share maternity leave with the man/other partner really make any difference? In theory yes, what a great idea, one that is used in various other countries already. But in practice will many men take up this offer of leave?
Don’t we still live in a society where men on average earn more than women and are still the main breadwinners in the majority of relationships? I don’t know the facts but if this is the case then this needs to be addressed before steps like shared parental leave can truly work and can truly be equal, Until then it might seem that men in high powered, high pressured jobs are unlikely to take the leave offered, partly because of the massive drop in earnings but also because of pressure from their employers not to take extra time off.
And oh yes, what of women in high powered, high pressured jobs? They really still have very little choice in the matter, our society makes very little effort to balance to effects of basic biology. When it comes to money and greed, businesses have the power.
And it is terribly patronising to women to simply assume that £123 a week is sufficient to replace their earnings, but not for their obviously higher earning partners…
By the way, Ed and I support the ‘no career at all’ model! We had a very interesting discussion with a friend about ‘aspirational living’ in relation to earning more and buying more, and wondered just what are we all aspiring to?
Not many people we have met at NCT or ante-natal groups seem all that concerned about using washable nappies or the huge amount of waste produced by disposable ones. It’s depressing. As is the huge market pressure to buy anything and everything for your baby, cashing in on new parent’s insecurities. Our inspiring NCT (www.nctpregnancyandbabycare.com) leader Gillian pointed out that the best way to ensure our baby is well and happy is simply to get to know it, this can rarely be replaced by fancy technology or gadgets.
The garden is bursting into colour, snow-like plum blossom and the first tulips under the plum trees are blushing slowly red. Our bluebells are emerging and flooding the back garden with the first hint of purple, interspersed with huge dandelions and daffodils. Shoots are popping up in the warmest, south-facing greenhouse, nearly ready to be transferred to the larger, cooler greenhouses at the back.
A trip to Wilkinsons’s got us a fairly cheap can of gloss paint but then i looked at the VOC content and Ed cycled up to the green shop in Bisley (www.greenshop.co.uk) and bought a can of OSMO paint that cost double.
It was a thoroughly beautiful experience painting the door with the sweetest smelling natural oil based paint!