How “double dipping” misses the point – reflections on the last decade of PPL policies

Hello,

I love your blog, I live in the UK, and I am frustrated about the maternity leave system here, but also the nurseries prices are a nightmare….check out my blog if you want: https://lakhdarmerieme.wordpress.com/
I hear you, and I was not a feminist before having a baby, but I am converting quicker than I though.

Merieme

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Over the past decade I’ve had four kids. With each addition, I’ve become more and more aware of the issues facing women (particularly regarding balancing paid work and caring roles) in Australia and thus with each one, I’ve become more and more of a feminist. Often feminists are stereotyped as being perpetually angry. But, at least until recently, when I reflected on the past decade it was heartening to see the very real advances in parental leave and associated practices in what is a relatively short space of time.

When I had my first child in 2004 I was pleasantly surprised that although many women had no access to paid parental leave (PPL) in Australia I was fortunate to have access to 12 weeks paid parental leave whilst I was completing my PhD on an Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship. When I started my first “real job” in…

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Pass to Power: What is Race and Passing?

The question of Colour and Race is the infinite on-going debate, how long would this question keep on going? I am North African originally but I am white as it comes, with a black grandfather and a white grandmother, but I don’t want define myself by my color, but in contrast by my values, I am proud to be African, and glad to have had that heritage as a culture, but we do judge anyone who is debating a color or race issue, I think Rachel Dolezal wanted to belong to a community that is all, it could have been Chinese, Arab or Black. In my opinion, it is a community debate, wanting to belong somewhere more anything else.

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Busted: Rachel Dolezal, Howard Graduate, Head of the NAACP in Spokane, and outspoken black community activist is white.  Outed by a local reporter and mercilessly–and hilariously–taken down on twitter Rachel has sparked lots of chatter about what is race and who can be which one.  Passing points to the essential function of race–that it structures power, not color.  People who pass are not trying to look different, they are trying to change their status.

Race is not in our DNA, it’s a social construct.  That means, despite what your eyes see, there are not different races of people.  In fact, there is no gene for race in the human genome.  Biologically, humans are all part of one family.

So, if race isn’t real, then we can just say racism is dead, yell, “Black President!” and get on with it right?  Wrong.  I mean, have you read this blog before?  Since the birth…

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Detour Ahead

Hi,

I completely agree life is a journey that takes some detours, but you are still the driver, you take the lead 🙂

My Own Kind Of Beautiful

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Do you ever feel like your living someone elses life?

You just feel like not too long ago you had these plans,and goals.You were just so ambitious, and determined.You would never let anything or anyone steer you from your path.

But now your unrecognizable , a stranger to the old you.

But that doesn’t mean u still can’t accomplish all those things u wanted to!

It just means that you took a detour.Your still the same driver,the destinations still the same.You just took the long way, and a few back roads.You”ll get there, you may have picked up a few more passengers along the way,Or  maybe you had some car trouble.But because of it your smarter, and stronger.Never quite moving though,even if you have to walk, you”ll get there!

Thank you so much for reading please follow my blog!Talk to you soon bye.

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NURSERIES NIGHTMARES……

 How much should a parent pay for nurseries in London ?

Living in London is one the most exciting things I have done, before having my daughter of course, however as fact of life I will not be the first or the last to say that, but indeed things have changed since having a baby; and especially in London…….

Well before having a baby girl, being in London for me; meant being in one of the most cosmopolitan places in the world, meeting new people, new cultures, new cuisines just by moving areas. Soho is where I have worked for many years, eating out, going out and letting the night takes it stroll was my routine.

Nerveless as a new mum, things have changed of course and the night has taken its stroll in a very different way…..but a new mum in London has a different experience than other places, reason being  London is one of the most expensive cities in the world.

First of all, the maternity leave is one of the shortest one, three months only as full pay (depends on companies of course), and  unfortunately  you have to go back to work, knowing that your new born baby will be apart from you at the age of 4 months. And apart from the emotional stress, you will go through financial one too as  the nursery  will cost you a big part of your salary.

Most of people have to do it, as many new families who live in London are building a life at a cost, there is big demands of space in nurseries,and the prices keep rising.

 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-108550/The-career-mums-paying-300-week-childcare.html

My concern and reason for writing this, is about the lack of anybody doing anything about it, government is depriving the two most important years of attachment between a baby and his mother for the cost of business needs.

Any society has certain ideology system and I am well aware of the fact that I live in be capitalistic one but I do believe that  the system should work for the people, the nation, but may be I am a dreamer.

But in reality, there is nations out there who have a lot of capitalistic ideologies but they haven’t missed out on the importance of those first two years bond between mother and   child.

what I am trying to say, is that you can live in a Europe but with a little more socialist system, Scandinavia,  is a living example of that, they value family culture and they have the longest maternity leave, even paternity leave in the world.

 http://www.yourlivingcity.com/stockholm/work-money/maternity-paternity-leave-sweden/

In my opinion, there is two issues here:

  • Short maternity leave
  • Extremely expensive nurseries (mainly London)

 Whether the system should be flexible about maternity leave, or the prices of nurseries should be more reasonable, mine personally is £986 a month, and that is a good price in East London.