AMIDST all the cries for women to be achieving and gaining recognition many others can be forgotten in the crucial role of looking after children at home.
Renee Ellington would not have her life any other way.
‘‘The first five years of a child’s life are vital,’’ the Orchard Hills mum said.
‘‘If I wasn’t here I would miss my daughter’s first smile, her first roll over, her first steps.
‘‘Every day is different, every day is exciting and I’m never bored.’’
Caring for 10-month Violet full-time was a considered decision.
Mrs Ellington had spent 8 years working in child care and felt there was no justice in returning to work and leaving her own child in someone else’s care.
‘‘We attend play groups so she lead a very social life.’’
Of course life is tough financially and Renee and her husband have to cut back on luxuries but don’t miss them.
They both feel the decision to have a full-time parent at home has been worth it.
‘‘In the end you cope financially and I would much rather be at home than leave my child with someone else to see all the ‘first’ as I saw when I was working with other people’s children,’’ she said.
Mrs Ellington sees her role as varied and covering many areas.
‘‘I can’t begin to list everything I do: care giver, nurturer, teacher, nurse when she is sick, .
‘‘There is so much to do for her as I watch her grow that I can’t list it all.’’