Lauren says: During school holidays, I envy full-time mums.
They’re having days out with their kids while mine are with a childminder. We live in a four-bedroom semi, drive old cars and haven’t been abroad for years.
Lauren Dawson, 33, works four days a week as a pharmacy technician.
She lives with husband Simon, 39, an electrical engineer, and children Khloe, six, and Lili, two, and is expecting her third child next spring.
There should be more financial help for parents of pre-schoolers, which would give families the option for one parent to stay at home.
Ideally, I’d be at home full-time, but who can afford that luxury these days?
She lives with husband Ed, 37, a delivery driver, and children Mia, ten, and Oskar, four.
Today, just 1.86 million (nine per cent) of mothers choose not to work outside the home.
My mum worked full-time, in admin, so I always imagined I’d work after having children — but I hoped the balance would be more weighted towards time at home.
Everything we do has to fit into my three days off, from swimming lessons to visiting family.
We’ve talked about me working full-time, so we could have a bit more coming in, but I cherish my one day at home with the girls. My work ethic comes from my parents — they were both great role models.
They each retrained when I started secondary school.
So how do they all feel about their roles in society?