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Both parents should continue working even if their children are very young. What are your views ?
 
To answer this statement requires a consideration of various factors. Let us examine them. Firstly, the statement implies that there is more than one young child. Children, when young, are very dependent on their caregivers, not only for their physical but also their emotional needs. Ideally, the mother should provide this nurturing role. Looking after the children from young would establish a bond between the mother and her young, something which cannot be replaced. She will be there to share the child's first attempt at walking, to comfort him when he cries or to laugh with him.

It has also been proven by child experts that a child's early years are those in which he can easily learn new knowledge and skills. That is why some parents talk to their unborn children when they are still in their mother's wombs or send them to some hothouse environment like education programs where they are taught language, mathematical or musical skills at a tender age. If the mother is an educated woman, she is best placed to educate her own children.

Of course, all these are based on the presumption that the father is not interested in giving up his work to look after his children. There is, however, a minority of men who are interested in being househusbands and who show a liking for childcare like feeding, bathing or changing their children's diapers. If the family can afford the father not to work, there should be no objection to the husband being the 'house minder' in the family.

However, it is usually assumed by society that the mother is the one who looks after the children if she wants to be the 'house minder'. There are increasing numbers of highly educated women who earn considerable income and have good career paths, but may not be prepared to forgo the glamour of such work to become involved in domestic issues, or being a housewife.

In considering whether both parents should go to work, much depends on the financial commitments of the family. Couples will calculate what their properties are. If the family is burdened with the expenses of maintaining a car, servicing a house mortgage, or providing for elderly parents, both husband and wife may decide to have a dual income by working to provide for family expenses and to keep up an expected standard of living.

If one is to consider whether the mother should work, the factor of childcare comes in. Does the state subsidize childcare well and have a system of good childcare centers so that the children are looked after while the mother is working? In this respect, an employer's support for the working mother is also significant for a mother to consider working.

If the mother's income from working is barely enough to cover the expense of fostering out her children to childminders, then she would seriously consider staying at home instead. Again, the question of alternative sources of childcare arises if the mother were to consider going out to work. If she has parents or relatives who would love to look after her children, she may decide to go out to work.

Many parents are aware of the disadvantages of having nannies or maids to look after their children. These childminders are not looking after their own children and thus they may not show the love and concern of mothers. Again, some maids may be preoccupied with domestic chores so the children are neglected. These children are often `planted' in front of the television set to keep them occupied and entertained.

Therefore, as to whether both parents should go to work when their children are very young, is dependent on many factors and the parents themselves have to make the decision carefully for the sake of their children and the welfare of their family.

     
presumption   assumption
     
fostering   bringing up
     
preoccupied   inattentive
 
 

 

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