Nowadays, grandparents are helping new mothers go back to work through taking care of their children. We asked the public their opinions towards this issue.
Most families are exited with the arrival of their baby, but one big challenge those new mums need to face is how to balance childcare and work.
A report from the University of Birmingham shows women’s participation in the workforce rose by 26% when their parents or in-laws helped out.
It found that 36% of single working mothers primarily relied on their parents – usually their own mother – for childcare. That dipped slightly to 32% of women with a partner.
Helping to raise children actually helps new mums go back to work. However, it may cause some pressure and inconvenience to grandparents themselves. We asked the public whether grandparents should help new mums take care of their children. Owen, 38, civil servant, Bridgend
If they are available, yes. But I wouldn’t say they should. It would be nice if they can, but it’s not their obligation. Fran, 35, occupation therapist, Cardiff
Yes, I do. My mom has involved a lot. You have to work now because the child care is really expensive. I do appreciate that my parent can help me. But if u have a good relationship with them, they will offer help. Jennifer, 32, banker, Vienna
No. About raising a child, there are things related to the health, culture, education, that’s probably the best way a new mum can know how to raise a children. Mario, 29, waiter, Cardiff
I think they can help, but they shouldn’t take any responsibility. I mean they can enjoy staying with grandchildren for one day, one weekend,but not every day. They have their own things to do. Stuart, 33, Railways, Bristol
I think they can help, but they shouldn’t take any responsibility. I mean they can enjoy staying with grandchildren for one day, one weekend,but not every day. They have their own things to do.