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Who thinks of the children in rush to get mothers out to work?

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The BBC recently published an article informing parents on universal credit that a ‘cash boost’ is available from the government for their childcare costs. Parents of one child will be able to claim up to £951 per month (£11,412 per annum) to hand their little ones over to the state while parents of two or more can claim £1,630 per month (£19,560 per annum).

Surprise, surprise, Labour felt these plans did not go far enough. Interestingly, the Labour Party view was followed by an opinion piece written by a three-year-old who had been ‘in the system’ for most of his life. He argued that he did not like eating three meals a day in the childcare factories away from his mother. He still felt homesick on occasion, was exhausted at the end of each day and confused that whenever he was bruised by a fellow toddler his mother signed a ‘injury record sheet’ on pick-up and dropped him off for more of the same treatment the next day.

Ok, I made up the bit about the toddler. Children, of course, are the problem. They stop their mummies from having careers and what three-year-olds think and how they feel is beyond irrelevant.

Somewhere along the line, the government appears to have completely forgotten its purpose. Biblically, of course, the role of the government is to ‘punish those who do evil and praise those who do good’ (1 Peter 2:14). Show me an area where the government is meddling outside its biblical remit and I will show you a disaster. There is plenty to keep the government busy. I mean there is an abundance of good old-fashioned crime on our streets that should be able to keep our people in power occupied. However, according to the BBC, one of the stated intentions of the government is to ‘remove barriers to work for parents’. As a mother of seven, I would argue that we stay-at-home mums work pretty hard as it is. But I guess the only brand of work that counts is the version that includes bringing home a pay-check whilst handing small children over to strangers.

I sometimes wonder whether MPs would profit from a few maths lessons, or perhaps a quick tutorial on how to use an online income tax calculator? The rise in childcare costs ‘is billed as part of the government’s strategy to grow the economy’. But think about this: for a mother to cover the cost of her own child’s nursery care through income tax, she would need to be on a salary of around £60,000. To cover the cost of two children in childcare she would require a salary of around £80,000. My guess is that most mothers on universal credit are not earning anything close to this salary bracket so how this policy will help grow the economy is anybody’s guess.

Our national debt is currently slightly over 100 per cent of GDP, which means we are not only depriving our little ones of the unique care of their mothers, but we are also dumping a deficit on them that they will spend their lifetimes repaying.

It is telling that whenever the government starts throwing money at childcare, it generally forgets to put a ‘good news for children’ spin on things. Let me ask you something: do you know exactly who is looking after your child when you are at work? Do nursery workers swear or blaspheme in front of your child? If your daughter innocently puts on a police helmet, will they push the trans agenda on her? Do they complain about ‘the parents’ in front of your little one? Will interfering with the mother-child bond at such an early age strengthen your relationship or perhaps cause your children to become more dependent on their peers than you might be comfortable with? Will you find yourself overcompensating at weekends for time spent apart during the week? Since most people spend at least some of their time criticising the government, why are we so quick to assume it is correct in encouraging young mothers to go out to work?

I am not utterly hard-hearted. I know that life can be tough for families and for single mothers in particular. I know there are tricky cases when a mother feels that she has no choice but reluctantly to  leave her child with a stranger. What bothers me is that this has become the norm. In the next couple of years free childcare will be rolled out for nine-month-olds. Yet who is making the case for the voiceless children who must make all the sacrifices for their mother’s career? Why have we failed to see that a loving mother is God’s gift to little children and her unmitigated love and full-time care more precious than rubies?

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Jessica Turpin
Jessica Turpin
Jessica Turpin is a home-educating mother of seven. She writes about Christian home education at https://leadingthemout.com/ and on her Facebook page 'Leading Them Out: Why Christian Education Matters'.

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