Nicola Alpe: Meghan Markle is right - all parents deserve childcare options

Asia's Tech News Daily

Nicola Alpe: Meghan Markle is right - all parents deserve childcare options

OPINION:

I declared that I wasn’t going to write about Harry and Meghan anymore, although privately I have still read the odd article about them, and sometimes, even though it seems that every time they pass wind it is reported, an interesting tidbit pops up.

Last week, Meghan wrote an impassioned letter to politicians in the USA, advocating for paid parental leave. Irrespective of whether the letter was a word salad, one of my favourite sayings to come out of 2021, I was in agreement with her.

Eight states in the US offer paid maternity leave, anywhere between 6-13 weeks and in March approximately 23 per cent of workers had access to paid parental leave. New Zealand offers 18 weeks, one of the lowest in the OECD, with average paid parental leave across OECD countries being 48 weeks. In the US, unpaid leave is available up to 12 weeks if conditions are met.

After six weeks, I’d only recently transferred to regular underpants, my brain was so foggy it was akin to living adjacent to the Waikato River in winter, and I was struggling to get through the day without combusting into tears regularly. In short, I was still a very new parent.

Meghan’s missive was met with critics who took umbrage at her talking smack about the Sizzler salad bar and her private school education, also upset that nannies were involved in her life.

The implication was heavy; if you pay for childcare, you can’t have an opinion on paid parental leave nor understand how challenging parenting can be. If you’re not 100 per cent hands-on, then you’re hands off.

Here, nanny is still a dirty word and I’m frustrated as to why. Embraced in the US, UK and Europe, nannies and their stereotype is still met with resistance in New Zealand despite articles pointing to their increasing popularity as a childcare option. The 2019 census tells us that 10,548 people described themselves as a nanny or child carer.

We need them because it takes a village, but we don’t live in villages anymore. Our ideals largely don’t include multiple generations living under one roof, work is demanding and living away from relatives, you simply have to look elsewhere for help. They may enable some long lunches and mani pedis, but nannies are also rewarded with first smiles, steps or words that you miss out on.

We helped a friend by giving her nanny 16 hours per week. It was great for our daughter and it helped the ever patient and wonderful Maria. I wasn’t working, and mothering was my fulltime job, so having a “nanny” made me feel like a fraud and ingrained stereotypes made me worried I would be judged so when speaking to New Zealanders I constantly referred to her as our babysitter, only undervaluing her skills and qualifications.

A common perception is it’s acceptable to employ a nanny when mum is a professional hotshot. Equally if she is not, then she is some highfalutin woman who shouldn’t have bothered having kids in the first place if she won’t look after them herself. Never mind mums who enjoy doing the groceries in peace, is attending to other kids or relatives, is giving someone else employment or who am I kidding, is using the toilet in peace or getting a mani pedi, because who is anyone to judge what she does with her time?

Currently some parents are considering a nanny as an alternative to daycare. This may change attitudes and mean more parents can get the support they need without the judgement, which we are so good at giving for free.

Internet Explorer Channel Network
Asia's Tech News Daily
News Related

OTHER NEWS

'50 Shades of Beige': Labour's Grant Robertson gives National's leader Chris Luxon his induction roasting

National’s new leader Chris Luxon had a few good lines up his sleeve for his first speech in Parliament’s free-for-all general debate today – but it was preceded by Deputy ... Read more »

Helpful tips to calm down

Christmas around the world is a time to celebrate with the family, and for many foreigners this means going home for a vacation. Crown Relocations has put together a list ... Read more »

Tower of London moat to be filled with flowers for Queen's Platinum Jubilee

After 70 years in the same job, one would expect a pretty epic work party. It seems the Queen will be getting just that when Britain celebrates her Platinum Jubilee ... Read more »

Covid-19 Delta outbreak: No new cases in Whanganui, DHB delivers 100,000th vaccine dose

There are no new cases of Covid-19 to report in Whanganui on Wednesday, four days after the city’s first case in more than 20 months. According to the Ministry of ... Read more »

How South Auckland's reputation for tagging was turned around

Twenty years ago many would have described South Auckland as a tagger’s paradise, but now the region is home to an array of stunning murals and brilliant graffiti art. And ... Read more »

Non-Israeli parents of pregnant women exempt from travel ban

Israel’s Health Ministry may think twice before getting between pregnant women and their families after the latter launched a campaign for exemptions to the travel ban. Israel was not alone ... Read more »

Weymouth toddler's death: Name suppression lapses for murder accused

An Auckland man who has been charged with murder following the Halloween night death of 2-year-old Arapera Moana Aroha Fia can now be identified. Name suppression lapsed this evening for ... Read more »

Contact tracing report into Covid 19 Delta outbreak: 'Stretched with no more than 75 cases a day'

Contact-tracing during the first two months of the Delta outbreak was only above par when daily case numbers dropped after the first two weeks, and before they rose again in ... Read more »

Criminal charges filed for three former staff members of Lake Alice

An 89-year-old is set to appear in Whanganui District Court after being charged as police wrap up their investigations into former staff of the Lake Alice Child and Adolescent Unit. ... Read more »

Firefighters battle 'well involved' Rosedale house fire

Fire and Emergency services are currently battling a “well involved” house fire in the Auckland suburb of Rosedale. A Fire and Emergency spokesman said they were alerted to the fire ... Read more »

This $30 RFID-blocking wallet can help protect your personal data

Looking for more of the best deals, latest celebrity news and hottest trends? Sign up for Yahoo Lifestyle Canada’s newsletter! Looking for an extra layer of protection against hackers? Amazon ... Read more »

Grieving father who went on rampage in Dunedin let down by system, judge says

A grieving Dunedin father who went on a rampage after receiving devastating news related to his daughter’s death has been let down by the system, a judge says. Mark David ... Read more »

Rebel Wilson's shock weight loss confession

Rebel Wilson’s management didn’t want her to lose weight. The 41-year-old actress has shed 80lbs (36kg) after overhauling her lifestyle in 2019 but the Bridesmaids star admitted her team were ... Read more »

Covid-19: 'First in the world' Omicron variant discovered in Queensland

Health authorities in Queensland have declared a “first in the world” strain of the Omicron variant has been discovered as leaders continue to mull over a response to the evolving ... Read more »

Police and drug agency issue strong warning after new drug detected in Dunedin

Police are warning partygoers about a new drug which was been detected in the country for the first time. Synthetic cathinone dimethylpentylone is a new substance a which is reportedly ... Read more »

Timaru car crash: Youth who survived crash charged with five counts of manslaughter

The sole survivor of a crash that killed five Timaru teenagers has been charged with five counts of manslaughter. He has appeared in court this afternoon but the Herald has ... Read more »

'Weird' Bluey episode sparks huge parenting debate

It’s the ABC cartoon that’s almost as beloved by parents as it is by children. But one episode of Bluey has stirred up a debate among parents, some of whom ... Read more »

Covid-19 case discovered in Ruapehu district

A case of Covid-19 has been discovered in the Ruapehu town of Taumarunui – the first case of the virus in the district in over 20 months. The case was ... Read more »

Market Watch: Year in review 2021

Market Watch with Mike Taylor – Year in review 2021. Video / NZ Herald Read more »

Equestrian: Future stars of eventing head to Taupō

A topsy-turvy year for sport has resulted in the New Zealand Young Rider Eventing Championship being contested at the Dunstan Fiber Fresh National Equestrian Centre at Taupō this weekend following ... Read more »

Focus: NZ Delta Outbreak | Wednesday 8th December Wrap

Daily Covid community cases continued a positive downward trend with case numbers dropping under the 100 mark for another day on Wednesday. Video / Alex Burton / Mark Mitchell / ... Read more »

Pearl Harbor survivors gather on 80th anniversary of attack

The Associated PressPearl Harbor survivor Herb Elfring speaks at a news conference in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021. A few dozen survivors of Pearl Harbor are expected ... Read more »

Focus: Blind boss wants businesses to 'Just Say Yes' and employ more disabled workers

Blind Workbridge chief executive Jonathan Mosen wants businesses to 'Just Say Yes' and employ more disabled workers. Video / Mark Mitchell Read more »

Allegiance to Xi Jinping now a requirement for China's journalists as stranglehold on press tightens

Allegiance to Xi Jinping has become a “prerequisite” of working as a Chinese journalist, according to a new report that documents Beijing’s tightening grip on the media in the near-decade ... Read more »

Horowhenua District Council providing low cost training for community groups

Providing opportunities for community groups to improve their resources and capabilities is a major objective for the community development team at Horowhenua District Council. The Community Capacity Building programme provides ... Read more »

NZ faces dangerous 'grey zone' of sabotage, foreign interference, major Defence paper warns

New Zealand’s armed forces face an increasingly dangerous world and will need to get more assertive and sophisticated. That’s what the first Defence Assessment in seven years has warned, and ... Read more »

Kiwi athletes challenging selectors in record numbers

By Felicity Reid of RNZ Aggrieved athletes who believe they’ve wrongly missed out on national selection are taking on the decision-makers in record numbers. Eleven cases were filed with the ... Read more »

True meaning of Christmas celebrated a little differently this year

The Salvation Army Levin has had to make changes to the way they are celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ this Christmas, due to restrictions with the Covid-19 Protection Framework ... Read more »

Palmerston North Civic Honour Awards for five longstanding volunteers

Professor Emeritus Margaret Tennant, Bal Ghimire, Susan McConachy, Dr Hanif Quazi and John Fowke are the recipients of this year’s Palmerston North Civic Honour Awards. The awards recognise people who ... Read more »

This 'cozy' cardigan makes the perfect holiday gift — and it's on sale for $38

Want more winter fashion, shopper-approved buys and the hottest trends? Sign up for Yahoo Lifestyle Canada’s newsletter! Amazon’s top-rated fuzzy sweater makes a great gift this holiday season. Yahoo Lifestyle ... Read more »

New $27 million wastewater transfer station will be the largest in Hamilton

Hamilton City Council has awarded Brian Perry Civil the contract to build a new wastewater transfer station and associated works for the new Peacocke housing area in the southwest of ... Read more »

Drug-driving man avoids jail after killing best mate in Piopio crash

A Taranaki man who killed his best mate after crashing while under the influence of a cocktail of drugs has avoided jail. Instead, Marshall Darrin Higginson, 23, will now serve ... Read more »

Ex-hotel worker reveals why you should avoid the continental breakfast

A former hotel employee from Tennessee revolted social media users after divulging the disgusting reasons why guests should forgo eating breakfast at lower-tier hotels. A revealing video of her culinary ... Read more »

Most business cyber attack victims able to resolve issue

Most businesses that come under a successful cyber attack are able to resolve the issue before significant damage is done. Research from Aura Information Security found that 55 per cent ... Read more »

Best looks on the red carpet at the People's Choice Awards

A bevy of stars have hit the red carpet for the 47th People’s Choice Awards in California today, set to honour the best in pop culture for 2021 across film, ... Read more »

Herald afternoon quiz: December 8

Test your brains with the Herald’s afternoon quiz. Be sure to check back on nzherald.co.nz for the morning quiz tomorrow. To challenge yourself with more quizzes, CLICK HERE. Read more »

Auckland drug ring bust: Baggage handlers, gang members charged, millions in assets seized

A further 14 baggage handlers, gang members and associates have been arrested as part of a major crackdown on an alleged drug smuggling ring operating out of Auckland Airport and ... Read more »

Resource consent approved for massive Wanaka film studio development

Resource consent has been approved for the $280 million Silverlight Studios film studio development near Wanaka. An independent fast-track consenting panel issued its decision today, 96 days after Silverlight Studios ... Read more »

How a TikTok user's in-joke started the funniest Harry Styles rumour

In case you missed it, the funniest story to slowly be growing traction this week is the (very much a joke) claim that Harry Styles stole a backstage crew microwave ... Read more »

Imitation gun sparks lockdown at Bream Bay College in Northland

A Northland school was briefly put into lockdown after students spotted an 11-year-old pupil with a fake pellet gun. Bream Bay College was locked down for around 10 minutes while ... Read more »
On free-english-test.com you will find lots of free English exam practice materials to help you improve your English skills: grammar, listening, reading, writing, ielts, toeic