Are working mothers better mothers?

Couldn’t agree more.

theamateurmother

IMG_5220‘Are working mothers better mothers’ ended up being the title of the tv debate I participated in on ITV Are working mums ‘better’ mums?, 2 Feb 2016.  I had thought it was going to be a conversation about whether stay at home mothers can exist without living vicariously through their children, mollycoddling them, smothering them etc. etc., which was the gist of Nicole Kidman’s comments which kicked off this particular debate.

It wasn’t quite that subtle.  I appreciate the fact that the media has to polarise the debate to provoke reaction but, really?  Are working mums better mums?  It’s a terrible question to discuss, impossible to do justice to in a few minutes and, personally, there is something very condescending to me about being known as a ‘mum’.  It is impossible, in a few soundbite moments of unpredictable but certainly short duration, against a hostile fellow guest, to embark upon…

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