In China, most of the childcare still falls predominantly on the women as motherhood is seen as a woman’s business, and it’s a tough one!
We all agree that education is the best tool you can give your child to help them succeed in the future, that is an understatement in China. Education is everything! It’s a widely held belief by all parents in China, education will ensure a better life for their children, and so the worries about education start before you even have a child. Some schools will pick students not just based on the children abilities but also the parents, so the pressure is on for women to be good mothers.
But at the same time, the emphasis on education makes it easier for mothers who have to juggle a busy career as many schools offer after-school programs. The emphasis on education is one of the greatest things about education in China, there are so many options and choices! From after-school language programs to schools that focus on robotics, in China, your child has a million opportunities and many educational paths they can follow.
Expectant mothers in China have a 3-month maternity leave and a contract block meaning they cannot be fired within a year of giving birth. This is an added protection to ensure there is no discrimination against new mothers. Hired child-minders are also not expensive so it’s easy for mothers to go back to work.