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Full-time mums should enjoy full subsidies too

BEFORE parents decide to have another child, they must consider all aspects, including finances. I did so and was disappointed to find out that a non-working mother receives only half what a working mother is entitled to when her child is placed in full-day care.

Although I understand the rationale of a non-working mother as the main caregiver, I have some questions that need to be answered before I decide if having another child is well within my means.

Logically, doesn't a single-income family deserve more subsidy than a dual-income one?

As working and non-working mothers both 'contribute' to increasing the population, why make a difference?

Have policymakers ever tried taking care of a newborn, and meeting the demands of a young child and housework, all without help?

While many stay-home mothers may be able to cope with a newborn, a young child and housework, how many have found it a struggle and kept silent?

Having a baby is a joy but imagine that joy turning into a juggling nightmare.

If this struggle is removed, some single-child mothers like me may be persuaded to have another child.

Ng Hwee Kiang (Ms)

This article was first published in The Straits Times.

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