If I could just afford to breathe with you…

by Karem Roitman   As I stroke your head Honey-sweet sleep gently seeps in Your hand relaxes – revealing a treasured plastic toy…   You still smell of caramel and dirt Still throw yourself into hugs Heeding no boundaries between your body and mine   I pause and breathe you in again Exhale Day and […]

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Talking about Motherhood on ITV’s This Morning programme

by Claire Paye 2nd February 2016 ‘Are working mothers better mothers’ ended up being the title of the tv debate I participated in on ITV Are working mums ‘better’ mums?, 2 Feb 2016.  I had thought it was going to be a conversation about whether stay at home mothers can exist without living vicariously through their […]

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What does one mum feel she’s never allowed to mention?

by Leki Roots 16th December 2015 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 […]

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Mothers pay the highest price when children’s centres are easy targets for Govt cuts

Mothers pay the highest price when community spaces and children’s centres are easy targets for cuts Local and national media have been drawn to the current campaign to keep Oxfordshire’s Children’s Centres open. This battle is one that will sadly be repeated up and down the country as cuts are tactically made among those least […]

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I handed in my notice. I’m giving my boy the only Christmas present he needs – his mummy back.

November 10th 2015   A personal story about giving my boy the only Christmas present he needs.     I handed in my notice at work today. Apologies in advance for writing this long piece but I just want to say well done to all of you, for following your hearts, for making the sacrifices […]

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Men and Women are already equal and always have been

There is already equality between men and women,  even though not everyone believes it.  Some people – women included – seem to think that caregivers are of lower status, especially if they are women,  and especially if it’s mothers caring for children.  Policy solutions that might enable the equality that already exists between men and women […]

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The alternative to transferable tax allowance (or similar fairer family taxation) is discrimination

18th October 2015 The Women’s Equality Party came out against the transferable allowance today. They are wrong. They are wrong because they’ve reacted against the word ‘marriage’ and failed to grasp that this isn’t about anything ‘extra’ at all.  Neither is it about special treatment for some. It’s not even about marriage (although it’s perfectly understandable […]

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It costs the government huge amounts to keep a child in care – far better to support family care

I heard about MAHM as I was a member previously for several years and decided to re-join last week as I am very concerned about the government’s proposals to change the benefits/tax credits system as this will affect many low income and vulnerable families. I am a single mother and I have three children aged […]

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Where is all the humanity in this?

Our story I brought up 3 children after being divorced in the 1990s.  I could only work once my youngest started school as there was no real provision for assistance. I had no family help nearby. I passed the children off to less than satisfactory pre-and after school childminders, raced back from work to pick […]

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One mum tells MAHM ”The EU has no right to pressure young mums”

In response to this article in The Telegraph  one mother tells us this (June 25th 2015): ”The European Union has no right to pressure young mums.This is social engineering which ignores the need to be together of young children and mothers. What sort of society are you trying to force upon us? Certainly not one […]

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