Elaine Russell with her daughters Grace (11 months) and Laura (8)  at their home in Foxrock. Elaine has brought the UK organisation ‘Women Returners’ to Ireland and is pioneering the concept of ‘returnships’ with companies here. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

“Children are young for such a short time” is an argument used both for and against the idea of a parent taking time out of the workplace to stay at h(...)