Have you been parenting by proxy? Opting out? Taking the easy road? Luxuriating in the comfortable, air-conditioned surrounds of the office? Partaking in spontaneous slices of orange-and-poppy seed cake for the IT Manager’s birthday? Wallowing in endless trips to the barista downstairs for a double-shot latte?
All the while someone else does the hard yards with your kids? Are you guilty?
Have you been popping into the supermarket on the way home – to buy such delicacies as toilet paper and fresh bread? How about a bag of pre-cut carrots, much needed night nappies and a couple of kinder surprises to assuage your guilt – instead of rushing for the bus and bolting from your stop, desperate to get home for bath time?
Have you been letting a nanny take the heavy load while you spend all your time earning money? Then shame on you. You’ve been outed. You’ve been shamed for not caring about your very own flesh and blood.