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hard labour

The term "hard labour" can be used to describe the pressures experienced by parents in dual earner relationships, who are combining paid work with the rearing of infant children. The idea of hard labour encompasses the physical and emotional work involved in looking after babies and pre-school children when both partners are pursuing careers and balancing sleepless nights and the needs of very young children with their paid work. Over the years research has shown that women, while often deeply...