For all the gushing praise the PM's speech has been receiving, especially in the announcement of the baby incentives, there is at least neurotic teacher who did not think the measures went far enough.
I quite agree with her that the offerings like child care leave do not totally cover all of a parent's needs, but then, I am easily content. After coping this long with two children (and one with special needs) without any niceties like child care leave and the like, my wife and I welcome any relief, even crumbs. Better than nothing, I say.
So, that's 2 days child care leave a year for 7 years. Seriously, how many kids get sick ONLY 2 days a year? And when they do get sick, how long are they sick for? Chicken pox, mumps, the measles all last about 2 weeks and the first few days are a total horror from what I recall from my own experiences. A colleague of mine was away for 4 days because her son had 40 degree fevers and when she came back, the poor lady looked like she was about to collapse out of exhaustion. So, is 2 days really enough to nurse a sick child back to health and to give yourself some rest before going back to work? Or does the employer really not care when you get the rest as long as you're back and can function at a basic, answer the phone, in my case go to class and set work level?
This really pisses me off.