Working families must be supported, for their sake and Australia's

As any parent can attest, the birth of a child unravels life into chaos. Babies — adorable little creatures — bring a whirlwind of nappies to be changed, bellies to be filled and often baffling demands to be met.
In many households, mothers assume the bulk of this added labour, in part due to gender norms emphasising mother-as-best care.
Yet, as more mothers are entering the labour market and gender norms are shifting, questions about how mothers are faring in these changing conditions are increasingly pressing.