Tell us about your aspirations for your family

Tell us about YOUR ASPIRATIONS for your family… In the post election debate there’s now a focus on the kind of aspirations people have for a better life for themselves and their children – and the policies needed to make this possible. We all want a better life for our children. So let’s look at […]

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Can you promise us time to care?

Policymakers don’t believe that motherhood and decent family time makes a difference to children’s wellbeing.  Or at least not until we provide ”evidence-based” proof! Politicians want us to do a cost-benefit analysis on motherhood and the time spent away from the paid workforce doing ‘family stuff’.  They want us to prove it makes a difference […]

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We need policies to support parents to put children’s needs first, however it best works for them

‘Children are the losers in this bidding war with Labour”  says Jill Kirby, writing for Conservative Home.    We agree.   She asks:  ”… why does the Prime Minister think that it would be a good idea to put pre-school children in daycare for 30 hours a week, at public expense?”   We all know the […]

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‘Toxic Childhood’, by Sue Palmer: Reviewed by Claire Paye

by Claire Paye My response as I devoured Toxic Childhood in record time alternated between ‘oh dear’ and ‘phew’. The ‘oh dears’ were related to the many challenges facing children and their parents in the world we are unwittingly creating today. The ‘phews’ were that many of the solutions suggested are much easier to carry […]

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30 hours of childcare, no thank you

by Karem Roitman, Committee member MAHM I am a terrible mother. I am keeping my child from socializing with his peers. I am thwarting his language development. Undermining his physical skills… You see I am a stay at home mother and I have chosen to keep my children with me during the day. With political […]

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The myth about so-called ‘free’ childcare. There’s no such thing!

Let’s be clear, despite politicians trying to pull the wool over everyone’s eyes, there’s simply no such thing as ‘free’ childcare – there never was and never will be!! Taking care of a young child takes a lot of time and one to one attention, hence the need for good quality ratios of adult:children.  It’s […]

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What would happen if mothers went on strike?

Grandparents and Fathers   Mothers at Home Matter is often criticised for its focus on the lack of policies for women caring for their young children. ‘What about the dads?’ they protest..     Well we definitely do support dads –  we love our own dads and our children love their dads  – and grandfathers, […]

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Family Policy Defined by Contradictions

  This election is defined by many things – but  the ‘family unit’  doesn’t feature much at all.  In fact it’s conspicuous by its absence,  thereby contradicting any party’s claims to be   ‘family friendly’.   Could it be that ”family friendly” is being replaced by ”employment friendly” and by policies designed for ‘individuals’  rather […]

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Are you economically active, unemployed or completely inactive (just caring for family)?

The Office of National Statistics regularly publishes trends in numbers of women participating in the labour market.   The latest report indicates that 74.5% of women (some with children, some not)  in the UK between 16 and pension age were participating in the labour market.    Women aged 25-49 are particularly likely to be in […]

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Write to your MP in time for Mother’s Day 2015 – 15th March

https://www.writetothem.com/  Mother’s Day 2015 What you can do – especially if you are unable to join MAHM in London next Sunday 15th March We urge you to send a Mother’s Day card to your MP, to your local paper, and to Downing Street (or all three).  Take your chance to demand more family friendly policymaking […]

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