Regular followers of my blog will know I’m not a huge fan of Daybreak!!! It all started back in October after their unrealistic portrayal of Mums in Business. Added to that the blantant disinterest in my comment and not even bothering to reply once I sent them copies of all the comments from other mumpreneurs … I have resigned to the fact that us mumpreneurs just aren’t sexy enough for the media!
I switched the TV on yesterday to catch the end of a debate between a very lovely lady from Mumsnet and evil personified burn your bras, mums are a waste of space rantings from Katie Hopkins. You can follow this link to the video online at Daybreak. http://www.itv.com/daybreak/lifestyle/familiesandparenting/sackedforback-to-backbabies/ The debate was about whether a mum had done the right thing suing her employer after he sacked her for having back to back maternity leaves.
What upset me most about this story was :-
- This could have been me!! I had M&M 16months apart I would have gone back from maternity leave for a very short period and then gone off again. We all make decisions based on what is right for our families. We don’t know the situation this woman was in she may have been trying for years to conceive and as with me I suddenly managed to pop 2 out in a short period of time. I made the decision early on to be a full time mum regardless of financial implications and my business developed out of the need to keep my brain active .. although the awards, money and fame haven’t gone a miss 😉
- Katie Hopkins was very rude and aggressive about the subject (perhaps as she realises what a numpty she was not spending more time with her babies when they were born!!) I really like the fact that her website states ‘telling it like it is‘ … I’m not sure she lives in the real world nor is she aware of the scarifies that us mums make for our children. Plus I find her attitude hypocritical … did we not all sit and shed a tear as she declined the chance to be in the Apprentice final telling Lord Sugar she was doing it for her children.
- Why as women are we always made to justify our actions .. I don’t mean to man bash (although I do mean to Daybreak and Katie Hopkins bash!!) but Daddy Moo wouldn’t be made to justify our actions to have multiple children and multiple maternity leaves.
I really struggle to understand why women are berated for wanting to raise our children … have we really come such a full circle in discrimination. 20 – 30 years ago women who went back to work were frowned upon. What irritates me the most is the lady in question only wanted to spend her entitled maternity leave with her children ….. she could have gone on to invest another 6-7 years of her life with her employer. I can see why so many mums start up their own businesses, it really is at times the only way to ensure you get to have the reflexivity your family desires.
I posted this on my personal profile on Facebook and just thought I’d share with you a comment.
grrrrr from me too! I turned it on for 5 minutes only to be confronted with that awful woman (who shouldn’t be honoured with the name ‘woman’!!!). She actually had a rubbish argument and was just there to cause trouble. As usual the editors at Daybreak hadn’t done their research and couldn’t organise a worthy discussion…grrrr…!!!
So true yet again another #Daybreakfail