Shared Parental Leave – what is it really all about?

by Marie Peacock MAHM celebrates the choice that Shared Parental Leave signals….it can allow more flexibility, and it also helps families in balancing the family budget.  However we wonder about timing…is the first twelve months after birth really the only focus here? For some couples sharing leave in the first year might be ideal, meeting […]

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Tory War On Mothers

http://www.conservativewoman.co.uk/laura-perrins-the-tory-war-on-mothers-shows-they-are-still-the-nasty-party/ Extracts: ”Mothers have carried their babies for nine months – what kind of society tries to interrupt this most intimate of relationships before it has barely begun? We know, through thousands of years of civilisation, that mothers are best suited to care for infants, yet now this is coming under attack – something unthinkable […]

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New Tax changes in Canada that affect parents

1 April 2016 by Beverly Smith The new Liberal government under PM Justin Trudeau has changed benefits from the earlier Conservative PM Harper regime. It is a bad news/good news story, but the weight may be towards good news.  Direct money paid to parents will actually increase and be less conditional. Taxes for many families […]

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Time To Celebrate the Gender Pay Gap, says Laura Perrins of TCW

Time To Celebrate the Gender Pay Gap Click on link above by Laura Perrins The Conservative Woman 17th February 2016

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Critical Maternalism: a window on the 21st Century?

By Dr Pam Jarvis  16th February 2016 The concept of “maternalism” emerged onto the socio-political stage during the mid-19th century, initiated by the army of middle class female social workers that arose within the deprived urban areas that grew rapidly in England after the Industrial Revolution. Historian Seth Koven reflected that such women ‘used maternalist […]

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The Govt piles pressure on self-employed mothers

Mothers often do what they can to fit in some paid work from home around important care responsibilities.  But it’s getting impossible due to Government policies and new legislation affecting the self-employed. This is one mother’s voice in the form of a letter she has sent to a number of individuals in influential positions (and […]

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At the very least treat families equally in Child Benefit

by Lisa Eadie 1st February 2016 With three children in the house, two of which are now teenagers, I often hear the phrase “It’s not fair” to which I usually reply “Life isn’t, get used to it”.  But on reflection maybe it’s too much for a child to accept this when, as adults, we often […]

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The luxury of love

by Claire Paye 22nd January 2016 What is so terrible about mothers looking after their own children?  Why is it so very important that mothers do paid work so they can pay someone else to look after their children?  Why the Government obsession with using taxpayers’ money to pay for childcare when mothers can, and […]

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Permission to talk about the benefits to children of being cared for at home

by Leki Roots Meeting up with my NCT friends is always a mixed bag. Whilst I love that we shared so much with the birth of our first children, the various paths we have taken in the 2 years since have shown some differences. Whilst that is no bad thing and enriches our group and […]

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How attachment helps us make sense of terrorism

http://suzannezeedyk.co.uk/wp2/2015/11/19/how-attachment-helps-us-make-sense-of-terrorism/  Excellent piece by Suzanne Zeedyke 19th November 2015

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