Report Soaring Childcare Costs And Crippling Tax Cuts Force Women To Stay At Home in House prices and the economy Posted September 29, 2011 You know, the tin foil-hatter that lurks inside of me has come to the conclusion that there is a concerted media (backed by dark forces, obviously!) effort, especially in the Daily Mail, to paint a very negative picture of working mothers in order to keep women out of the workplace and thus out of competition for jobs. I have seen numerous articles recently basically saying you can't work and have a good family life and from women saying how much they had regretted being working mothers (I wish I had the links). Another media source (yahoo I think so it comes up on everyone's BT homepage) reported that kids in child care had such elevated levels of circualting cortisol (stress hormone) that working mothers were most likely damaging their brains. As a part-time working mother I think the childcarers do a stellar job with my kids. Eldest is now at school (6 years old) and is top boy in his class. He started nursery at 8months old. God, with all that cortisol he's had pumping round him damaging his brain I guess there's a chance he'd be at Oxbridge by now if I hadn't mucked with his neurochemistry! Youngest is only 16 months old - rules the roost in nursery and when I go to collect her invites me to join in until she has finished her game and is ready to go home! Still, here I am working (well not right now, obviously!) and if I quit wouldn't feature in the unemployment statistics as my husband would support the family. Meanwhile someone else could be in my job. Net result? Unemployed count down by one As I say, I am sure this is just my over-sensitive inner tin foil hatter and there is no concerted campaign to make working women feel like crap and that it's not worth it financially given all the damage you are doing. But just in case, I am off to buy tinned food, batteries and possibly dig a bunker if I get the time - who know what other plots are out there?