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My Views on Cherie Blair's Attack on Stay-At-Home Mums

Posted on the 20 June 2012 by Mummysspace @mmeeee
I have just read an article in the Telegraph titled Cherie Blair attacks 'yummy mummies' who choose children over careers which has made me more than a little annoyed. In it she suggests that children, of who she terms, "yummy mummies", lack a sense of independence and that mums who choose to stay at home and rear their children are in fact settings a poor example for them. "Mrs Blair, a QC and mother of four, criticised women who “put all their effort into their children” instead of working. Mothers who go out to work are setting a better example for their children, she said."
The article goes on to say that Mrs Blair is worried that stay-at-home mothers like me are "turning their backs on the feminism of their mothers’ generation". My advice to her is don't worry. The decision to stay at home and look after your child is not an act of anti-feminism, it is a choice, and surely that is a good thing. Financially, it may not be possible for mothers to give up their career but, if it is, and they are happy to do so, why criticize them and spout utter nonsense about the harm they are doing to their children's self-confidence.
Contrary to what she believes, if you are a stay at home mom, the chances of having enough time to beautify yourself to be a perfectly groomed "yummy mummy" are next to none. It is a far cry from what she most likely envisages as the 1950's housewife lifestyle. From my experience, days are long and busy, you always have to be available but unlike when you are employed, you get very little recognition and now even less thanks to Mrs Blairs attitude which does nothing but belittle the role of a stay at home mom.
My Views on Cherie Blair's Attack on Stay-At-Home Mums

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