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Miriam: Husband laughs off mum-at-home misery.

Byline: Dr Miriam Stoppard

Dear Miriam I'M stuck at home with two babies and really miss the buzz of of fice life. My partner doesn't understand why I'm so fed up. He thinks I lead the life of Riley playing with the children and gossiping.

He says research shows young children do best with their mums. I'm sure he's right - but what about mums?

Our sex life has gone down the drain because I don't want to sleep with a man who won't listen to me.

RESENTMENT is the kiss of death to a woman's sex drive and your partner's refusal even to listen to your complaints is a formula for discord in every area of your relationship. Not every woman is cut out to be a stay-at-home mum.

While research has indicated babies do best with mums, the same research also found children of mothers suffering depression, or having priorities other than motherhood, fared better with childminders and nurseries.

If returning to work will be good for you, your positive feelings will be passed on to your babies and your partner. Part-time work might be an excellent compromise.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 15, 2006
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