I speak from many years of experience as someone whose spouse was a professional engineer and who was employed by a large established company. During his employment, we were transferred many times by the company. We had three children and because my husband’s job meant a lot of travel, I remained a “stay-at-home mom.” When we moved to another location, I was the one who was the glue that held the family together while my spouse was away. Looking back on our life and the successful outcome of our children’s lives and their continuing contribution to humanity, I would not have it any different. But it was difficult financially and we did without the spring vacations that our two-income friends had and other frills that people take for granted now. There was very little money for extras in our family. Income splitting would have helped our family during the expensive years of raising children and educating them. I feel it is about time that the contributions made by spouses who stay at home are recognized in the taxation system. There are also families where one spouse works only part time. Income splitting will help those people too. Income splitting is the government’s attempt to make the tax system fairer for those people who don’t have two high-income earners in the family. All this talk about it helping only the wealthy is nonsense; there are limits to it. Any help that families can get in raising their children when the financial needs are highest should be appreciated and welcome. It’s about time. Barbara Morrison Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.