The Times

April 1 2000

Mothers 'should be free to stay at home'

The Times

THE Church of England's first national marriage officer said yesterday that women should be allowed to stay at home to bring up children and should not be forced to work.

Susan Burridge, a school teacher about to start as marriage officer at the Church's Board of Social Responsibility, said the secret of a good marriage was communication and the ability to say: "I love you."

But another vital component was "freedom to choose". That meant that either partner, husband or wife, should be able to choose to stay at home and not go out to work.

Mrs Burridge, 42, wife of Richard Burridge, Dean of King's College, London, is currently head of personal, social and religious education at Copthall School in Mill Hill, North London. She takes up her new post in May, and her role will be to concentrate on marriage policy. This will be her first full-time job since the birth of her two daughters, Rebecca, 12, and Sarah, 13.

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