I’ve been reading some debate recently about the government’s proposal to force single parents to work outside the home. I’m not really surprised about this – it fits with their crazy aim to force parents to work all hours and spend most of their wages on childcare. What does surprise me is when parents in couples feel the need to tut and wag the finger at single parents and moan about how ‘they pay their taxes…’ and ‘lazy single parents spend all day watching daytime tv…’ Why say such things? Do people really think that they are being ripped off, that life as a single parent on benefits is some kind of con, being perpetrated on them? Here’s what I’d like to say to them, if it wasn’t too rude to make it past the moderators!
“If it’s so great, then why not just hand in your notice, get rid of your partner and jump on the gravy train? If that doesn’t sound appealing then maybe you should just shuddup!”
If you are a parent how can you not accept that there is plenty of useful work being done by people at home raising their children? If a parent wants to be there for their child, isn’t that a good thing? I also think that there are selfish reasons to defend this principle. Newsflash!! You never know what might happen in your future! Sitting smug thinking that you have ‘a nice house, big car, partner with a high wage’ is really so very, very unwise. Life throws up surprises – relationships break down and people die. If I ended up as a single parent then I’d give up work in a flash if our home educating depended on it. I want to know that this would still be possible in the brave new Brown world.