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  • lauren o’keefe

    This! So this:

    “It’s not hard to understand why, as it is a stage of life where it seems
    there is always too much to do and not enough time to do it in. It can
    be nearly impossible trying to make it to a morning ride when there is
    the juggle of getting kids to child care or school to contend with and
    it can be just as hard to make a weekend ride around all the family

    Women do have a habit of putting everyone else first so what they want comes last but usually by then they’re too tired to even think about getting out for some exercise. Personally I’ve made the choice to get out on my bike every Saturday morning (weather permitting – although I won’t have an excuse to not ride in case it rains because my mother’s day present was a Velocio rain jacket). I’m choosing to put myself first for a few hours. My daughter has two parents – her daddy is just as a capable of taking care of her as I am. There needs to be a move away from the stupid idea that only mum know how to “properly” take care of the kids and that when it’s dad’s turn, he’s baby-sitting.

    • Simone Giuliani

      No clearer sign that you are supported as a bike riding mum than new kit for Mother’s Day!

      • lauren o’keefe

        I did drop a pretty big hint. LOL

  • Craig

    A worthy article. I can relate . . . even as a male, married father. Ironing school uniforms the night before, and squeezing in a ride between 5am and 7am (before the school run), are just a couple of the things I do to make cycling fit into my life. What else could we do to make it easier for mums? Step out of the 1950’s, and refuse to see parenting or householding as the role of the woman. We could use more modern (family) role models not only in sport, but also in gender equality.

  • I’m grateful for this article. completely schooled – must do better for wife and family to get out there.

  • winkybiker

    Great article on the sources of our motivation. And the issue of disparate participation rates certainly is worthwhile to discuss. I found a bit of stereotyping though, with the assumptions that the “mum” is the stay at home partner. There’s also the question as to whether the partner who doesn’t work full time actually has less time to ride? Really?

    • lauren o’keefe

      Since becoming a mum, I’ve been so shocked at how mums are judged. Unfortunately there really is an assumption that mum is always the primary care-giver and that she should be the one who takes care of the kids. It’s the flip-side of the idiotic idea that dad is baby-sitting the kids. We’re dealing with generations of stereotyping that dad goes to work, mum stays home with the kids. It’s deeply ingrained in us as a society.

      And the reality is – mum usually is the one who stays home. It’s made incredibly difficult for dads to be primary care giver. They have to jump through so many hoops to get what is automatically granted to women. I was horrified when I was looking at my work’s EBA for my mat leave stuff and I discovered that while I could access a generous paid mat leave scheme (26 weeks), a dad who wanted to be a primary care giver (as in would stay home instead of mum) would get two weeks of paid leave and that was it. He can take a year’s unpaid leave.

      If you’re not working full-time and you have kids, you’re probably at home with the kids so that does cut into your riding time.


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