9th November 2012
The Independent Building
Triq Aldo Moro
Dear Mr Cutajar,
I have read your article about new mothers having to balance their work life and their new born baby, and wanted to write you this letter as a response to it.
Firstly, the mother herself should legally be entitled to a nursery at the work place. Where I work, we have this service and it is used quite often. Mothers work more at ease knowing that their child is just a few rooms away, rather than on the other side of the island. One may argue that a mother should dedicate her life to the child and quite honestly yes, that is how it should be! A child is the parent’s responsibility and no one else’s! And in some situations some situations it is perfectly fine for a mother to remain at home rather than start working again after giving birth.
But this may not always be the right thing to do. Some mothers have no choice but to return to the workplace due to lack of funds and no prior savings. It is nothing to be ashamed of, of course, but the baby needs supplies and there is no other thing one can do. This of course is leading to mothers having less time to bond with their child and she ends up dumping them at the grandparents’ house. This is becoming the norm, as in our island the trend shoes that parents prefer leaving their children with their own parents rather than with a babysitter.
But who are we to say what these mothers do? What if they have a thriving career? I mean they would have worked their whole life to achieve that dream job… they are not just going to flush it down the toilet! Of course usually these high end careers have a nursery at the workplace so it would not be a problem. This will also lead to more funds being available for spending on the child; a little spoiling doesn’t harm the baby! Maybe the parent wants what is best for her child, and...