Simon Collins has a lengthy piece in the NZ Herald today detailing the costs parents face when they want to return to work.
He describes the case of one young couple whose second child is 8 weeks old with a mum who is considering a return to work,
But if she goes back fulltime, paying for childcare for Bryn plus after-school care for Amelia, and allowing for extra petrol, the family will be hardly any better off than they are on one income.
"I need to work financially because my husband's income is $200 short of our expenses," Mrs Jones says.
But they surely knew this when they decided to have another baby?
Mrs Jones would like to be able to stay home with her baby for at least his first year."I'd like it to be a choice," she says. "I'd much rather be able to spend at least the first year at home with the baby. It's not fair on them being shoved out the door just because we can't afford to feed them."
It's so depressing hearing this kind of complaint. They will already be in the enviable position of effectively paying no tax and yet somehow it's still "not fair" that more public money isn't provided to subsidize their choice.
Nothing frustrates me more than witnessing people who walk into situations knowingly then whine about the injustice of it all.