The annual Mother's Day report from Save the Children gives the gold to Norway, for the third time, as the best place to be a mother. But from this correspondent's view it seems that Norway pushes mothers into the workplace through economic incentives and pushes kids into public day care in the name of "integrating."
Mother's Day is one thing -- "moon month" in China is another. The tradition keeps a new mother really, really off her feet for the first month after the baby arrives. Waited on hand-and-foot – allowed to do nothing including lift the baby or take a shower – women can see it as a gift as well as a penalty.