I've just read a report about the conservative party's idea for having a baby nurse for each new mother. By new mother I take it that this service would only apply to first time mothers. The cost would obviously be a factor seeing as birth rates are so high in this country. One way of cutting the cost could be to limit the service to mothers aged 21 and under. It seems the plan would be rolled out in disadvantaged areas first. One problem that could pop up is the language barrier: I read an article in The Sun yesterday that claimed one in two babies born in this country have immigrant mothers.
I'm in favour of this policy, but I wish it wasn't necessary. I'm only in my late thirties but I remember when girls were taught to cook, clean and look after siblings by their mothers. Unfortunately not many girls receive this education any more. Teenage girls now expect to be out with their mates while mum gets on with all that stuff that seems to happened as if by magic.
And don't call me a sexist pig, we still live in a society in which the man continues to work (if there is a man) while the woman (or increasingly "the girl") stays at home to look after the baby. Those skills that should have been passed on by mother are the ones that can make all the difference to a Childs first few months and the new mums sanity.
So, a sensible policy from the Conservatives, but one we should not need.