Best Country to be a Mom in?

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Best Country to be a Mom in?
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Tue, 10-19-2010 - 4:13am

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Tue, 10-19-2010 - 7:07am

If the different subsidies were calculated into a woman's income - at least a mother's income - the numbers and ranking would probably change though I think France would still probably trail Nordic countries.

I think most women in most countries are exhausted, to be honest!

In Indonesia most middle class families and above have a maid (or more.) A lot of families hire a childminder - some hire one childminder per child. Not having to do household work, and not having to do school pickups greatly frees most mothers to work or have activities outside the home. The flipside is

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Tue, 10-19-2010 - 9:36am

I think it's very similar in the UK.

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Wed, 10-20-2010 - 2:18am
In Italy one of the reasons women gave for not having a second child (apart from finances) was because their husbands did very little at home.

My maid has been working for me for 12 years now. Her husband used to work for my ex-boyfriend then went to work for my brother when my boyfriend moved away. He now works as a driver for friends of mine and on Sundays works at my brother's doing gardening stuff and heavy cleaning.

My mother's maid has worked for her since 1976. There was a year and a half when she left (she wanted to work at a factory, then realized that whilst it was nicer to be able to say that she's a factory worker and that on paper her pay was higher, her living expenses became very high as she had to rent a room and buy her own food which meant that it was very difficult to save) but she came back... with a husband, who has been working for us for 28+ years now. My parents put their son through school and he has a degree in law. He's now married and his first child will be born at the end of November :-)
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Wed, 10-20-2010 - 3:22am

Frankly, I've never heard anyone mention any special perks here for being a mom.

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Thu, 10-21-2010 - 7:33am
Wow, Poppy that's a totally different lifestyle. Makes economic sense too for everyone. Very nice :)

Traditionally women have lived longer than men here but I actually think that is going to change as so many women go out to work and then have their other job at home which leads to far more stress.
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Thu, 10-21-2010 - 8:59am

Tulip, do moms go back to work once their kids start to go to school full time?

Most of the women I know work outside of the home but there are a few who are stay-at-home moms as well as moms with businesses that they manage from home or who work from home. Most families need a second income!

At two and three kids here go to playgoups. Then they go to preschool followed by kindergarten.

What I have been noticing at a lot of malls here is that there are rooms for moms and babies - either to change a diaper or to breastfeed.

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Thu, 10-21-2010 - 9:23am
It makes a lot of economic sense, as you said. It's gradually changing though as people receive better education, get high school diplomas, do a one to three year diploma course or go to uni to get a full degree. A lot of people are also starting to move into apartments, so they'll either to the household chores themselves or hire someone to come a few days a week.

Women live far longer than men here, too. The elderly in our neighbourhood are mostly women.
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Fri, 10-22-2010 - 4:06am

What I've noticed is those who were SAHM tend to stay SAHM even after the kids become school age.

Some ladies, who might have been juggling work prior, might take on more hours once the kids are school age.