Forgive me if I am not exactly sympathetic.
Fair enough. But look at it another way: the idea of financial incentives to encourage mothers to do the best for their children is a popular public policy idea.
Call it what you like but the Progresa (later called Oportunidades ) programme in Mexico, which has been replicated across the world, is among the most lauded anti-poverty ideas of the past 20 years. Randomised controlled trials — the gold standard of research — have shown a strong link between cash payments to mothers and, among other benefits, increased attendance by their children at schools.