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article "Power lunches with my two-year-old" (City +, 8 April)
reminded me of the contract babies I saw in Philadelphia in 1995.
infants were brought into a superbly equipped creche in the basement of an
office block. They were also brought in to the creche at
weekends and when they were sick, so that their working mothers could
have time off. The nurse became their mother, and the creche home. These
children suffered severe emotional distress at the age of three when they had
to leave. When I questioned why such women wanted children at all, I was told
that many of them didn't want a baby, it was the men who wanted to be fathers
and promised to finance the excellent childcare from six weeks if the women
would agree to give birth. This makes a mockery of mothering. Power lunches
make a mockery of fathering.
From August this year, Norway plans to pay mothers to stay at home with
their 0-2 year olds on condition that they do not use a public daycare
centre. It is time the UK followed this example and set a true value,
financial and social, on the time a mother spends caring for her young
children at home.
Clasen, Chairman, WATCH?, Pershore, Worcestershire
Match the following words to the definitions (2 points).
Coming into existence, family origin.
Lowest room or rooms in a building.
Completely inadequate or ridiculous action.
Great pain, sorrow or suffering.
Answer the following questions (1,5 points).
When were infants taken into creches?
Why were infants taken into creches?
Did these mothers want to have babies? Why did they have them?
Complete the following sentences in your own words, using the conditional (1,5
Tom intends to go to the USA if
Jim will have an accident one of these days if
Cathy never finishes her work unless
Write the following sentences in indirect speech (2 points).
>I can=t help you=, Ann said.
>The students have been studying Robert Frost=s poetry=, she said.
>We will also apply for a grant=, the volunteers added.
>The Alvin Ailey Ballet company has often
she pointed out.
Composition (80 words). What kind of father/mother would you like to be? (3