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Our work is about love, parenting, family time, relationships and connections (MAHM particularly like the video ‘the connected baby’). We focus on the sort of ‘care’ that is given and received within families and particularly (but not exclusively) the special love and care given by mothers, often against the odds. When mothers, fathers, grandparents and other family members are able to support each other unconditionally, it’s the very best start we can hope to give our children.
We take a ‘family life cycle’ approach. Our campaign isn’t interested in judging different choices made by mothers and fathers, recognising that parents respond to individual circumstances and the sometimes unexpected challenges that family life throws at us. A mother – or a father – should have a realistic choice to be at home for a period of time if this is what suits their family best and depending on their child’s age, stage and needs.
Dads are most welcome to campaign with us – and we recognise there are many other family members who take on a primary caregiving role. We know there are increasing numbers of fathers at home and we applaud the work you do at home and/or in paid work, supporting your family in a number of ways. If you’re a dad at home then most of the information on our website will be of interest to you and please write to us at [email protected]
Who do we represent?
We give a voice to the parent at home and equally to those who’ve had to return to paid employment but who’d really love to spend more time at home taking care of the children. We know parents today face difficult choices due to social and financial pressures and the impact of successive government policies.
We also campaign for the main earner, working hard to support his/her family often on pay levels which haven’t kept up with the cost of living and housing. In the UK the working parent faces unfair family taxation and, unlike most other countries, care responsibilities are not factored into tax calculations. Furthermore, in times of austerity and welfare cuts too many parents have to work really long hours (or find extra work) to keep on top of the bills, piling pressure on family life and relationships. Meanwhile the cost of living and housing continues to go up, beyond the reach of most families.
Family life offers the loving base and sense of belonging that all children need from infancy through to negotiating the challenges of young adulthood. Sadly, policymakers have failed to consider the needs of families. As well as struggling financially, many parents are increasingly ‘time poor’. Policies affecting children and their parents should be ‘tested’ for their impact on the affordability and quality of family life.
Check out our latest discussion by clicking on our Facebook page ‘Mothers at Home Matter Too’ Our website is regularly reviewed by volunteers so please send links to [email protected] to help keep the website up to date with current issues affecting families in the UK.
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THURSDAY 17th NOVEMBER 2016 MAHM MORNING OPEN MEETING IN CENTRAL LONDON CLOSE TO BOND ST TUBE STATION (10.30am for 11am). The 2016 AGM will take place in the afternoon at 2pm. HOPE YOU CAN JOIN US. Enquiries to [email protected]
We look forward to welcoming Vanessa Olorenshaw who will talk about her book ‘Liberating Motherhood’ and former Sky News editor Jo Roughton speaking about her blog ‘BeHome’ and her work with the ‘Home Renaissance Foundation’.
Latest tweets – @mumsdadsmatter
- The value of unpaid work at home, according to Office of National Statistics April 7, 2016
- Let’s make a difference, says The Duchess of Cambridge February 17, 2016
- England ranks near bottom in happiness tables February 17, 2016
- Warning over plans to extend nursery hours February 17, 2016
- As the rich get richer, everyone else gets less happy February 16, 2016
by Claire Paye 30 Sept 2016 It is clear I have my work cut out for me. The Conference fringe events ‘Improving life chances’ (organised by Bright Blue with Child Poverty Action Group) and ‘Working women: is gender equality beyond reach’ (also organised by Bright Blue) have been scheduled to run simultaneously, with no recognition […]
I have a confession to make; I’m a SAHM by choice! Not due to childcare costs or because I’m not ambitious, which political parties seem to think are the only possible reasons. It’s for the simple reason that I want to be the one who looks after my child on a daily basis. To be […]
Lighting up Young Brains by Claire Paye, MAHM According to Professor Torsten Baldeweg, Professor of Neuroscience and Child Health, from University College London’s Institute of Child health, the early years ‘are absolutely critical’. The report in which he is quoted, ‘Lighting up Young Brains’ also identifies 130,000 children a year who are ‘falling behind’, […]
The House of Lords will be debating Maternal Care on Thursday 17th March. Good news. Click here for more information. Worth tuning in at 1pm to see if the debate stays firm on topic to examine the vital importance of maternal care and how it might be best supported, or whether it mutates into discussion of […]