Slummy Single Mummy

Jo Middleton is a freelance writer and mother of two girls, aged 17 and 10, who enjoy relentlessly winding each other up in high-pitched voices. Jo writes the award-winning blog Slummy Single Mummy and likes to escape from real life with wine, biscuits and TV reruns of Miss Marple mysteries.

What are your dreams for your children?

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on Monday, 05 November 2012
We all have an idea in our minds of how we want our children to turn out.

Some people invest thousands in private education, determined for their kids to go into professional careers and become doctors of lawyers, others opt for home-schooling, focussing on creativity and freedom of expression. Most of us hope at least that our children will be kind and compassionate, and support others less fortunate than themselves where they can.

How would you feel though if your daughter decided that she was going to raise money for charity by selling her virginity?

I read this week about Brazilian student Catarina Migliorini, the subject of a forthcoming documentary, who auctioned off her virginity to a Japanese man for $780,000 to help impoverished children in Brazil.

Now you could argue that this is her choice, that the money will do an awful lot of good, and that there are plenty of women being forced to do far more for far less, but as a parent of two daughters, I couldn’t help but feel instantly horrified and protective towards Catarina.

Perhaps I am being naïve or narrow-minded – after all, who can say that their first time wasn’t a little awkward - but it was a maternal gut reaction, beyond my control.

How would you feel if that were your daughter? Would you feel responsible, insulted, ashamed maybe? Or would you be watching her on the television proudly, family and friends gathered round, popcorn in hand, cheering ‘that’s my girl!’?
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