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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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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