Why Stay-at-home Mums are the Heroines of the Culture Wars

By Julian Mann, Virtueonline

Charles Moore’s brilliant biography of Mrs Thatcher (Volume One: Not For Turning, Allen Lane, 2013) makes for depressing reading when it comes to her family life. Her experience as a mother of twins trying to juggle her responsibilities to her young children with her careerist ambitions, a relatively rare phenomenon in historically Protestant societies in the 1950s and early 1960s, is now commonplace. In combination with other factors that have undermined family life in the West, including the socially suicidal growth of fatherlessness, the consequences of the sacrifice of motherhood for career are now emerging and it is not a pretty picture.

An unbiased appraisal of the spiritual, moral, pyscho-emotional, social and educational condition of children under 11 in the 21st century West cannot avoid the conclusion that state-run orphanages or, in the case of the more affluent like the Thatchers, boarding schools are no substitute for the love of mum.

Stay-at-home mums in the West know this and their insight costs them. It costs them materially but arguably more painfully it costs them in terms of their social standing.

That is well illustrated by a recent incident at a clergy chapter in the Church of England. A stay-at-home vicar’s wife with very busy family commitment prepared a delicious lunch in her home for the deanery clergy. Whilst she was busily serving the food and organising the kitchen, she was asked by one of the clerics present – yes, you’ve guessed it: ‘What do you do?’

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Read also:  Reply re Titus’ Command to Slaves by Julian Mann

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