Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Balance All Needs; Mum Says Working from Home of Great Benefit to Children

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Balance All Needs; Mum Says Working from Home of Great Benefit to Children

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Byline: Tegan Annett

RUNNING an independent business has done wonders for mum of four Samantha Sullivan. And according to a recent study, this would benefit her children too.

Juggling the needs of children, husbands who work long hours and the desire for work or a hobby of their own, many women opt to work at home.

Mrs Sullivan is an independent seller of greeting cards and also creates her own crafts and skirts to sell at markets.

"So that I can bring my children up myself - that's the core reason I do this for," she said.

"Society does not really support or encourage mums to stay at home to raise and educate children - preferring to have the mums in work so providing daycare for babies as young as six weeks old.

"I feel staying at home to raise children needs more support and respect as a worthwhile profession but in the meantime running a home business is one way to combine earning an income with raising a family."

The latest childcare study from the Australian National University work found children who spent more than 21 hours a week in long daycare were more likely to become below par on literacy and numeracy during schooling. …

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