I enjoyed reading this because your attitude reminds me of my childhood. I loved helping mum in the kitchen. She worked from 6am-3pm every day to be there for us after school, before working from 3pm-8pm to look after us kids. Alone. To this day, she still goes to bed at 9pm, leaving her just one hour to herself each day. As much as I loved cooking with her, we can’t have made it easier for her. She could whip up a decent meal in twenty minutes, but having us “helping” must have slowed her down dramatically. But she did it, for us. Some people just wouldn’t have had the energy by then, after a 9, sometimes 10 hour shift in a hospital. Letting your kids into your parenting routine is an act of love, not child labour!

China specialist, feminist, political scientist in progress. Reviews, socialism & everyday academia. Low-brow, no jargon/acronyms. Editor of The Open Bookshelf.

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