Wendy Grace: ‘How about supporting those who want to do the parenting?’

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Wendy Grace: ‘How about supporting those who want to do the parenting?’

Government policy is not fair on parents who want to stay at home and bring up their children, writes Wendy Grace


'Government policy is not fair on parents who want to stay at home and bring up their children.' Stock image
‘Government policy is not fair on parents who want to stay at home and bring up their children.’ Stock image

Working parents are now paying an additional €1,700 annually in childcare costs in Dublin and €770 outside the capital, compared to five years ago.

Whenever stories like this break there is a rush from politicians and women’s bodies to screech from the rooftops that the answer lies in subsidising childcare more without actually bothering to ask families what they want in the first place.

Research presented last week to the Economic and Social Research Institute by Dr Helene Turon, showed that if we increase creche subsidies it might not necessarily mean more women would work because, brace yourselves, some parents actually want to mind their own children.

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