Today when most women are equally qualified and talented as men and have booming careers, many women still have to give up work to care for their families, especially after arrival of a baby. Unfortunately, even after excellent technology advances, telecommuting is not an option provided by many employers, which can enable moms to work from home.
Most new moms have good family support, most commonly grandparents and husbands come forward for help in case moms have to work. But at the subconscious level of thinking and approach, it is the mother who is meant to be the primary caregiver, and other family members are just the support. They feel the mother should be extremely thankful to the supporters as they feel they are doing something what she is supposed to do, that she should handle both the baby and the work on her own. She can quit if she wants to. They will be happy just to see the baby once in a while but when it comes to caring for the baby, there is a little look on the face saying ” I am not supposed to do it! “.
Is caring for kids a mother’s task? Or other family members are also equally responsible? Can a woman aspire to have a great career without worrying constantly about her child at her workplace (Is my baby doing fine at the daycare? Is the baby getting the care he/she deserves? How is my husband coping with caring for the baby?). Has nature too created mothers to be the primary caregivers (I agree to a good extent here. At the time of child’s birth, the child makes the first contact with the mother, identifies her with her smell, and becomes healthier if gets her warmth. This is not the case with the father. And I read somewhere, the first six months of a baby’s life, the baby considers himself / herself as one with the mother and not as two separate individuals!)?