Every mum has the right to choose whether they stay-at-home and look after their children or go back to work and entrust someone else to care for their little ones.
There is a problem however, and that is what is motivating that 'choice'. Too often it is far less about what the heart is saying and far more about what the bank balance is reporting that pushes mums either back into the workplace or leaves them trapped at home.
And that is the crucial element – this works both ways. The Government has this idea, as they have proven this week yet again, that women want to be out working and the only thing making this difficult is the cost of childcare. Yes, for some women this is indeed a genuine problem, but for every one of those women, there are those who are working and struggling to pay for childcare but who actually, if they are honest, would much rather stay at home looking after their children full-time if money allowed, and plenty of families where the mum is staying at home but where they have had to make some tough financial sacrifices to make this a viable option.
I don't know whether MPs really are completely oblivious to the fact that when it comes to mothers we do not all fall into a generic, 'we want it all' category'. Or they are in such a muddle with how to sort out the financial difficulties of so many families, they are just hoping it will magically be fixed with a strategy which is very much in alignment with what 'popular opinion' tells us women should be doing with their lives.
What I do know is this policy is only going to provide financial help to half the families out there, lift the spirits and well being of even less, and increase the already massive resentment there is between working and stay-at-home mums ten fold.