Debbie Flaherty with sons Matthew, 3, and Luke, 8 months,
Debbie Flaherty with sons Matthew, 3, and Luke, 8 months,

Mum's degree

By NATALIE PEUTnataliep@gladstoneobserver.com.au

SHOULD mothering be taught at universities to give value to a precious and thankless job?

A recent report by a university researcher and grandmother showed today's mothers are doing it tougher than the mothers in the 1950 or 60s.

According to the Courier Mail, grandmother Marie Porter, 66, researched motherhood in Australia, and found that mothers today feel more isolated, enjoy less family time and support than in the past.

Ms Porter encouraged universities to offer a degree in mothering.

Local mother and former childcare worker Debbie Flaherty said it was important for mothers to be educated ? but said studying it at university was a bit extravagant.

"I am sure there would be plenty to teach, but mothering is something that can only be guided not taught,'' she said.

"You received education during your schooling years and through the pre-natal classes, which cover the basics of being a parents and going through with the birth of the child.''

Debbie said she studied a Diploma of Childcare and nanny qualifications for her line of work.

"I wouldn't have studied these to be a mother,'' she said. "The more experience you get, the easier it becomes. With my second child I felt for one thing I had more control over the birth and you learn to not stress as much.''

Debbie said having a child was life changing, and no matter how much education you get, each experience was very individual.

"I had been lucky, because of my experience in childcare, I had more of an understanding of children,'' she said.

She said these days girls could do anything and the majority of them worked, and they don't have as much time as mothers in the past.

Debbie said the Community Health Centre gave great mothering education.



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