But here we are, in a society where this does need to be said:
We do entirely agree that there is a childcare “problem”. Children require care, so the problem is who should provide that? We also entirely agree that there’s no reason at all why it should necessarily be the mother that does so. But we do need a structure, a reasoning method, inside or with which to make the decision.
Where the work being done outside the nuclear family covers the cost of importing the childcare into the nuclear family then perhaps this should be done. Where it doesn’t it shouldn’t. As with absolutely any other discussion about home as opposed to market production of anything at all – cooking, laundry, floor sweeping, button sewing, lawn mowing, gutter clearing and all of the rest.