A Sophisticated Mommy

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A Canadian mommy of two blogging about everything baby and toddler. I love shopping, daily deal sites, and trying out yummy recipes.

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Do you think the government should pay stay-at-home moms for their work of raising children and managing a household?

Trudy Thorson

My initial thought would be 'no' but a similar issue came up in a recent election in my province and it make me think about it a bit more. I work full time and pay a lot for daycare. Many others work the same hours but make less money and are heavily subsidized by the government for their child's daycare costs. Isn't this sort of paying those women to work in a way? Perhaps the gov't should just pay those subsidies to Moms who want to stay home with their kids so they don't have to work. Also, the Canadian gov't does provide families with Child Tax Benefits and certain other supplements depending on financial need and they do not dictate how it is spent and I haven't heard of any parents not applying for that money. For example, we receive $100 per child every month. Also, the government is paying a lot of money towards education for students once they hit a certain age. If you re-consider the current paradigm, it would just mean providing more funding for families when kids are younger. The question really is what society expects from families because it's hard to make a living with one parent working these days. It seems like daycare has become the norm is many cases because both parents need to work just to make ends meet. In the end, the government and social policy has a lot to do with how the family unit operates. Rant over. :-)
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