A family life cycle approach is essential

When it comes to meeting family responsibilities a ‘ family life cycle approach’  is essential and a  sequential pattern of care and work is as acceptable as any other choice in 2015.  Mothers and fathers need time to care and time to work – motherhood and a career –  but not necessarily all at the […]

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If parenting is a shared project then why are mothers and fathers treated as individuals?

Family tax should be based on ‘household income’ not individual income – only that way will it be a modern system reflecting joint responsibility for work and care in the family. Politicians can’t say that parenting is a shared project for mothers and fathers and then decide to tax them and treat them as individuals […]

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I too am working. No-one should risk destitution because they care

‘I want the same support that would be given to a woman in employment – because I too am working. We are a working household. So if they get money for childcare, we should get money for childcare. The main thing I want is for my valuable caring role not to be a financial risk […]

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The system works against people who take care of others

Dear MAHM, I wanted to thank you for the campaigning you do on behalf of volunteer carers like myself (I am a stay at home mum by choice, on the principle that children need a mother for at least the first three years of life). For a long time I felt utterly unrepresented by the […]

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Discovering the world with mum close by

The main reason that I wanted to ‘stay at home’ is because I believe it to be best for my child(ren). It certainly isn’t because it’s the easy option for me!  There are many times when I would like the interest, order and relative peace of work – not to mention the money! My own […]

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My own mother was my main influence

by Annabelle Richards I knew, even before I had my son, that I wanted to be a stay at home mother.   My own mother was my main influence as she also cared for me at home. Although things were very tight financially we always had everything we needed, but most importantly we had her. […]

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Scottish plans for childcare

One MAHM supporter wrote to us with this comment:    May 2014 ‘’I thought that you may find this as irritating as I did. Alex Salmond and co have indicated that they will provide free childcare equal to school times to all children from the age of 12 months. I questioned what on earth had encouraged […]

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Why I stay at home

by Sarah Cooksley Sarah lives in Northamptonshire with her husband and is a mother of five children ranging from 7mths to 11 years old.  May 22nd 2014 Since my eldest child was born, staying at home to be a mother has been my greatest desire. It has not always been an easy path for my […]

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One grandmother’s journey through motherhood

A grandmother shares her story My three children were born in the late seventies and early eighties.  I had made the decision with my husband to stay at home to care for them because my own mother was a business woman and had a nanny for her own offspring. This caused some problems in terms […]

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In Sweden they just don’t get the concept of stay at home parents

We’ve been living (temporarily) in my husband’s native Sweden. Here, as a stay at home mum I feel completely marginalised. Despite my desire to get to know the locals I’ve spent the last few months mixing entirely (other than my husband’s family and friends) with ex-pats as they’re the only ones likely to be home […]

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