Saturday 22 September 2018

Educating mums to degree level will benefit kids

An urgent focus to enlighten our young mothers has never been more important, writes Liz Waters

Society's debt to Mums: Saoirse Ronan in ‘Lady Bird’
Society's debt to Mums: Saoirse Ronan in ‘Lady Bird’

Liz Waters

Today, Mother's Day, is an opportunity to reflect on the impact our mothers have had on our lives and show our gratitude for the sacrifices they made for us and the opportunities they have given us.

One of my favourite parts in the film Lady Bird is when the character, played by Saoirse Ronan, asks her mother how much it cost to raise her, so when she grows up she could write a cheque and repay her. It is a fascinating thought really - how much do we actually owe our parents?

While Saoirse's character focuses on the money spent raising her, what is missed here is the immeasurable and intangible value of mothering.

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