Dear Parliament Member
Yes, wanting to have children (family planning) is a whim. Just like wanting to be a footballer or a politician. Yet, this whim is unpaid.
I don’t think I need to mention that children are the future (not a burden) for society so if there were none who would pay for your pensioner Spanish hacienda life?
And I don’t think I need to mention that being a parent is a job. Yes, just like yours. 24 hour job, especially when mothering a baby. Twice I collapsed because of carrying my baby the whole day due to colic and teething (not everything can be cured with paracetamol) and then I had to breast feed shifting 7 kg bundle of joy every three hours from one side to another (my fun day-night excising routine). I won’t get a sick note to recuperate. Well, you can. And you still will be paid during that time.
One of my daughters is in the nursery half days because my rich husband (who earns over £75000) can’t afford the mortgage and full time childcare while I’m on maternity pay (£600 pm). Putting both for full time care adds up roughly to £2500 which we will have to do to continue our careers (which for your interest – will pay taxes and contribute to the economy). However, I will for the second time barely (only to my great work ethics and hard work) come back to the same position I left and have to start building my carrier from scratch. Thank God for good and understanding employers for when the child is sick or any other unforeseen circumstances occur. And what if I’m the one with the bad luck???
Now, you’re paid for your choice and contribution to the economy and society.
I’m raising a citizen of this country, a future tax payer, a contributor to the economy. Two of them, as a matter of fact. Can I get the salary I’ve been earning? Can I get the rights you have? Can I afford childcare so I could continue building my career?
I’m a mother. I’m cheap labour!