Women, Welfare and the Family: Time for a Readjustment?

By David Goodhart In the past 50 years the state has hugely increased its role in, and spending on, families in Britain and the rest of the developed world. This has been the result of big changes to family life, above all the decline in the traditional two-parent family (usually one male earner) with two […]

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Stay at Home Mothers Made Sacrifices Too

By  Silly Mummy *Deep breath. Wades in well aware that she may regret this.* I see quite a lot written about working mums* and the guilt, the feeling of missing out, the lack of choice. I have great sympathy for all of these feelings, and, to be very clear, this post is not a criticism […]

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Standing up for family ‘childcare’ at Labour Party Women’s Conference 2015

All parents are ‘hard-working’: Standing up for ‘childcare’ at home at Labour Party Women’s Conference 2015 by Emma Jones 27th September 2015 I had a fantastic day yesterday at Labour Party Women’s Conference. I managed to speak in the open mic session, so told 1000 women delegates plus Harriet Harman, Yvette Cooper, Kate Green (Shadow […]

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Why mums at home matter to teenagers

8th September 2015   I’ve had the privilege of having my mum as a stay-at-home mum since I was born, and as a teenager I’ve been particularly aware of the benefit of this. Since my mum was around a lot she was able to support me in ways that would have been much harder had she […]

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Childcare: The Fundamental Things

by Dr Pam Jarvis   In 1931, songwriter Herman Hupfield wrote: No matter what the progress Or what may yet be proved The simple facts of life are such They cannot be removed. You must remember this A kiss is just a kiss, a sigh is just a sigh. The fundamental things apply As time […]

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Babies don’t know much about Proust but they still enrich many a mother’s life

http://www.conservativewoman.co.uk/laura-keynes-babies-dont-know-much-about-proust-but-they-still-enrich-many-a-mothers-life/  by Dr Laura Keynes The Conservative Woman blog 10th August 2015    

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David Burrowes MP – Family Policy: The Litmus Test for Cameron’s One Nation Government

http://www.conservativehome.com/platform/2015/06/david-burrowes-mp-family-policy-the-litmus-test-for-camerons-one-nation-government.html  Great article about the need to support family life.  Long overdue.  But rather disappointingly there’s nothing about care responsibilties for dependents within families.     The article stands up for marriage, family life and relationships – but falls short of explaining that the reason we need income splitting or transferable tax allowances etc within […]

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The Captivity of Motherhood – The Atlantic

http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2015/07/the-captivity-of-motherhood/398525/  July 2015

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David Binder: A week on from the Budget

http://www.conservativehome.com/platform/2015/07/david-binder-a-week-on-from-the-budget-we-are-still-a-long-way-from-a-britain-where-work-always-pays.html  Excellent analysis of the impact of tax credits cuts on families on lower incomes.  We ask this: How can families who work and care be helped during the crucial years of bringing up children and taking good care of them? It’s no good sending the second earner (read ‘mother’ or ‘house-dad’)  back to work […]

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For Home and Homeland

By Joanna Roughton 23rd June 2013   There has been a Bishop of Durham since 995 and, over that millennium and more, quite a few incumbents must have ruffled the odd feather. Certainly, when I was at university, the Bishop of Durham was something of a national joke. In the early 1980s he made some […]

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