Weekend Reads 8

Wow, another week gone! Hope it’s been a good one?

After the marathon sessions covering 12 pillars last week we will be looking at 2 small but excellent articles.

The first is one that will let all working mums breathe a sigh of relief. http://m.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jun/12/working-mothers-children-dont-suffer
Printed this month in The Guardian is the news that children do not suffer when mums go to work. Professor Heather Joshi’s research at the Institute of Education looked at the achievement of children born since the millennium and concludes that no negative impact is found on their cognitive and literacy scores.
For those that work because they can’t afford not to this news will help them ditch the guilt and for those of us who want to work (and are often vilified for choosing our careers!) we can categorically disagree with anyone who tells us we are doing our offspring a disservice by making ourselves happy!
I am one of those that is fortunate enough not to have to work but I choose to fulfil my career aspirations and in doing so I hope I inspire my children to be dedicated to their careers, to find the balance to suit them and above all demonstrating to my daughter that the female of the species can be just as successful as the male counterparts.
Working mums have enough thoughts whizzing around their brains so it’s great to know we can let go of the nagging voice saying we should stay at home.

I stumbled across this next article on Facebook- http://sarabran.com/2013/06/12/tribal-motherhood-the-day-i-realised-i-am-a-wanker-mum/ one of my mummy friends posted a link and I had a look. The article is amusing to say the least, identifying the different playground cliques that exist and I found myself trying to identify which kind I was (if you must know I fell into two camps- the On The Verge Mum and the Mysterious mum but I secretly wish I was a Rock n Roll mum!)
As light hearted as this article is there is a serious side to it. The author identifies a common concept where women feel compelled to separate themselves into groups (or packs) and for whatever reason vilify the women that don’t belong in that clique, therefore women remain un-united. We don’t only do this in the playground but in all areas of life including the workplace! The author puzzles as to whether this is the reason we still hold little political power? I think it may be a bigger factor than we think….

As always if you have any comments leave them below…..

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