Cherie Blair: think of parents rather than ‘mother’ or ‘father’

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Parents should not be thought of as “mothers” and “fathers”, Cherie Blair has claimed.

Instead, couples should only be considered parents who each share the duty of childcare. The wife of former Prime Minister Tony Blair made these remarks on BBC’s Newsnight programme this week.

Mrs Blair, a human rights barrister, was asked by presenter Evan Davies about the amount of time men and women spend with their children. She said:

“I think we shouldn’t be talking about mothering or fathering – we should be talking about parenting, and we should allow couples to actually be able to organise a way of bringing up their children that suits both of them.”

Mrs Blair claimed it was “very encouraging” that young men have a much more “hands-on” approach to parenting than their fathers. It was definitely a good sign that younger generations do not share the old attitude of their parents and grandparents that “real men went to work and women stayed at home, and for a man to show caring was regarded as a weakness” she added.

However, Mrs Blair did admit that “maternity leave and maternity rights are very important” as women are the ones who give birth to children and have to “physically feed the babies”.

Last month, the Office for National Statistics revealed that, on average, UK parents are spending less time with their children than they did 15 years ago. They also found that more than three quarters of children’s time with their parents is spent with the mother.

Photo by Lindsay via Flickr under a Creative Commons licence.

Stowe Family Law Web Team

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2 comments

keith - December 1, 2016 at 1:41pm

“Last month, the Office for National Statistics revealed that, on average, UK parents are spending less time with their children than they did 15 years ago.”

i wonder if the rise of the internet and PC games could have something to do with it.
gaming can very addictive to children and adults.

Douglas Milnes - December 1, 2016 at 1:43pm

Just before reading this blog post, I read another on a different site which highlighted some different words of Cherie Blaire’s.

“And what I fear is that we’ve rather given permission for people to say things which I thought that we’d stopped giving that permission…”

j4mb.wordpress.com/2016/12/01/cherie-blair-theres-a-backlash-against-women/

As the author of that piece roughly says, it is a toxic mentality, to want to make it illegal for people to hold open political discussions.
“Big Sister, a sibling of Big Brother, denouncing people for thoughtcrime?”

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