Hi all, I feel it is a tough job being a working mother. I do not deny that in some cases it is essential. for the mother to take up employment. My humble opinion is the mother shd. be with the child in its formative years, taking care of him and showering love and affection. Mother is not only the biological parent but also someone who is a kind teacher, caretaker and most of all truly loving. Teaches the child all good traits,language and she is right there to guide, glorify and enjoy the child's first activities! When the mom has to wrk, it will be nice if the grandmom could be there to help. But it is another story that the g.moms find it tough because of their age and weak stamina. Anyway the joint family system comes in handy here, as someone or other of the younger members also help. Of course, due to job, studies elsewhere the possibility of joint family is almost nil. The moms are forced to leave the child in the creche. Some are really good but I remember seeing a report abt. creches in the UK - it really was shoking how the kids were illtreated:shaking:. But the Indian counterparts are normally good. The following solutions are my wishful thinking! 1.Moms shd. go to work only when the children have finished school.Because the mom is not only needed when the kids are babies but also when they are teenagers when they have so many fears and doubts and need the mom's friendly advice and observation. If they need to work they shd. return before the children. Or some employment that can be pursued at home is a good choice. Now there are so many jobs and opportunities from teaching tailoring, handwork., art and crafts to being agents for insurance. cosmetics and other h.hold items.With this kind of jobs moms can either stay at home and work and if they are agents, can finish the work early and be at home to receive the children. 2. Youngsters of today are very much career oriented and even postpone having a baby. The govt. can introduce some law - like a successful employeee anywhere must be assured of the job she was doing, when she plans to rejoin, after a gap of 3 to 5 years' if she wants to. This again may create Job insecuruty for the replacement, seniority problems etc. I am sure if the experts put their minds to it . they'll come up with some solutions:-D. Just think how much better the world will be if the children had a loving, happy, wellcared childhood. Kids will be instilled with good values like kindness,helping attitude, truth, integrity, loving towards siblings as well as people in general. The hurry burry, irritation, stress and tension will not be there for homemakers. Guess you guys may think I'm old fashioned; but old is gold!