The thing is it’s a symbol of mother guilt…

“The thing is it’s a symbol of mother guilt,” she said in hushed tones. “I bought it because other mothers have it and if I go to the farm I can’t always borrow someone else’s. I resent it but it’s become a social norm. If I didn’t have it and my child became ill it would all be my fault. It’s a symbol of the changes in social sensibilities to childcare and hygiene, a health and safety attitude. I have one in the bathroom, one in the kitchen, one in the changing bag. I’m quite happy to go home without it.”

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