Today I am going to post about a topic I haven’t covered in the years I’ve been running this blog…I am going to talk about something that bothers me about our society in Canada. Women(and to a lesser extent parents in general) sacrifice a huge part of their lives, incomes, education, health, and social status to raise our children.
I work full time, and when I come home after work, I feel a bit drained and tired. Not really from too much hard work, as my job is not too taxing…My fiancee on the other hand looks like she wants to toss me the baby or pre-schooler and run for the hills! Sorry honey, but I am one of those guys that understands…Babies and kids are a hell of a lot of work! They are more demanding than any customer you get in a day. At least the worst customer can communicate in language you can understand!
In our modern society women wear many different hats. Career woman, mom, partner, lover. Everyone wants a piece. Despite what people may say, raising kids is a job. The hardest f*cking job you’ll ever do. So, why don’t stay at home moms get the credit they deserve? I really don’t think they do! Why do women have to be the ones that lose their careers, income potential, and not be on equal footing with men? It is obvious to me. Women are the primary parents the majority of the time. They are the ones that give birth to the kids…They breast feed. They are completely depended upon…So how do we compensate?
I see a solution to the problem of women that want to raise their kids, but can’t afford to put their careers(and incomes) on hold…Give them an income to raise the kids! Collect CPP and OAS from them and help fund the upcoming baby boomer pension disaster heading our way.
For gay couples, single moms or dads, adoptive parents, or couples that choose to have the man stay at home, the same should apply. We need to invest in raising kids in this country. I don’t know the exact stats, but a large portion of children in Canada are raised below the poverty line…Pay a living wage to raise our kids…Once the parent is ready to enter the workforce, there should be free child care for them too. Lets put our social programs back into the hands of Canadians!
I am not a tax expert, nor an expert on how the hell it would all work, but I have heard that France is doing something along this line to increase their population…What are your thoughts on this?
My rambling of the day…
- Taking Stock of My Life as a Stay-At-Home Dad (wired.com)
- So Dependent On You: Who Can I Claim as a Dependents on my 2009 Tax Return? (turbotax.intuit.com)
- Maybe no moms are working moms (penelopetrunk.com)
- Want To Be A Mom? Don’t Go To Business School (thegloss.com)