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Mum’s the Word – Episode 16 (2003)


A group of high achieving mothers, led by presenter Rebecca le Tourneau, discuss how they feel pressured by their children to buy, buy, buy. Included in this otherwise affluent group is a young single mother who talks about what it means to have to deny her daughter anything beyond the basics.

Curator’s notes

The group are funny and irreverent but not enough attention has been paid to including the range of parents in our society today. The single mother, who struggles to offer her daughter any extras at all after she’s paid for the basics, is a reminder of the hardships that still exist for some groups in our affluent society. Yet it’s her daughter who wants to save a little each week to help to pay for a child in need in the third world.

The program is attempting to show parents out in the community that they are not alone.