Tax credit cuts debate must place greater priority on family life and a good childhood

The House of Lords last night forced a review of tax credit cuts and the way it was planned they’d be implemented. Tax credit cuts planned by Govt would hit the lowest income families in poorly paid jobs the hardest, just when families need income support when bringing up children. Family budgets are already squeezed […]

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Dr Karem Roitman speaking for MAHM at Feminism in London conference Oct 2015

FEMINISM IN LONDON OCTOBER 2015 Dr Karem Roitman Good morning, my name is Karem and I am a lecturer and consultant on socio-economic development and gender. Today, as part of Mothers At Home Matter, I would like to bring an international perspective to this panel on unpaid labour. I am aware some have critiqued our […]

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MOTHERhood – A Powerful Experience

by Marie Peacock 21st October 2015   The dominant narrative in family policy at the moment is the need for more men to be involved in care and for women to focus far less on caregiving and more on paid work with fewer gaps in their CVs. Let’s be clear… both parents actively earning and […]

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Feminism in London with MAHM

by Mel Tibbs We’re very pleased to be hosting a panel event at the forthcoming Feminism in London conference  www.feminisminlondon.co.uk  on Sunday 25th October.  What is absolutely at the core of MAHM is the breadth of our membership and interests.  We all approach the importance of the maternal bond, family time and developmentally appropriate care for […]

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Women working together finding common ground at ‘Feminism in London’ conference

by Mel Tibbs It’s been a very busy few weeks for Mothers at Home Matter.  Our annual Open Meeting was quickly followed by theFeminism in London weekend.  The MAHM presence at the FiL conference ttook a three pronged approach. Firstly, we had our MAHM stall manned by a team of volunteers, as we have successfully done […]

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Security, stability, opportunity

by Claire Paye 6th October 2015 The Conservative Party Conference motto is ‘Security.  Stability.  Opportunity.’  Brilliant!  This is exactly what mothers and fathers can offer their children when they care for them.  ‘Life chances’ is the new buzz word on the block.  Excellent! Nothing improves a child’s life chances, including those born into poverty, more than […]

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The V Word

By Mel Tibbs October 5th  2015 When did volunteering become a dirty word?  Instead of seeing it as the pinnacle of human achievement, having time to devote to others without seeking financial recompense, it is scorned as an indulgence or something people are embarrassed to have the time to do. We live in a culture […]

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Life set to get harder for families with care responsibilities, struggling to make ends meet

1st October 2015 Care-giving parents, whether it’s mum or dad at home busy with the daily work of looking after children, will find it a lot more difficult from next year when predicted cuts in tax credits start changing the shape of family life  and childhood as we know it – and not for the […]

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What does ‘Equality’ in Parenting and Caregiving actually mean?

The term  ‘Equal Parenting and Caregiving’ , so often talked about in the press,  means very different things to different people. From speaking to women up and down the country our view is that equal arrangements can’t be calculated merely on number of hours of caregiving carried out by men and women or through comparison of […]

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We need an aspirational movement that respects freedom and choice

by Mel Tibbs After the tedium of the election campaign where, even on so-called ‘Woman’s’ Hour, no politician dared stray from the triumvirate of the Economy, Housing and the NHS, there followed the surprise election result, alarming for some.   I had no desire to see any one of the parties with a majority; forcing them […]

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