Your Views: What Parents Say

We regularly receive supportive comments from members of the public – parents, grandparents, carers, early years educators, policy makers and journalists. This section features a range of  quotes from all over the UK and further afield.

If you would like to contribute your views and experiences of family life please contact us at [email protected]   stating clearly that it is FOR THE MAHM WEBSITE. All quotes /stories will be anonymous and confidentiality assured. Send us your ideas on how family life could be better supported and motherhood more valued. MAHM reserves the right to edit down for length.

Vanessa Olorenshaw: The Politics of Mothering

This is an extract from a Pamphlet soon to be published online.   THE POLITICS OF MOTHERING   by Vanessa Olorenshaw As a mother of two young children at home, enjoying and seeing real value in what I and others are doing by caring for their families, yet feeling insulted and neglected by political, economic […]

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Staying at home with my babies

Anonymous SAHM Staying at home with my babies  I am sure, is the right place for me  I didn’t go through the pain of birth  To shrug it all off and go back to work Call me a control freak  But I need to be  Right at the centre of my new family Money is […]

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Heartbreaking decisions

Letter to Daily Telegraph 19th Feb 2015   SIR – Nick Clegg says that he wants a million more women in the workplace by the end of the next parliament (Telegraph report, February 10). He states that it is “heartbreaking” that women have to choose between pursuing their career and caring for their family.   […]

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Families feed the soul

5th February 2015 Hooray – and thank you, for your magnificent article  (note: article written by MAHM supporter and researcher Belinda Brown in the Daily Mail).  I nearly missed it. I agree with you 100%. I am a  mother of 4 in my sixties and Granny to 6. I was highly educated but was lucky […]

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I can’t wait for someone to come canvassing at my door

My husband and I both worked full time until we had children. My husband works abroad a lot and we don’t have grandparents nearby so essentially I have sacrificed my salary to become a stay at home mum. We don’t receive a penny in child benefit or tax credits and while my husband earns a […]

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I can’t wait for someone to come canvassing at my door

see above

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Promotion would mean losing our child benefit

One mum says: ”When I returned to work after having my first child we had two incomes, although my hours halved my tax reduced so much that my income was still reasonable, couple that with my husband getting a tax break for our son’s childcare and we could afford luxuries like cheap holidays, two cars, […]

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The message for mothers at home is ‘you don’t matter’

A mum at home says: ”We are currently paying back 70% of our child benefit for our 3 daughters , all because we chose for my husband to work extra to make up for me staying at home with our kids. It’s not about the money, it’s about the message behind it which pretty much […]

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Shocked to discover the penalties we face as single earner family

A mother says: ”I was shocked to discover just how much, as a single earner family we are penalised by the tax system. Why are parents choosing to look after their children at home subsidising the childcare industry, when there is no provision for their equally valid choice?”

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We should be imagining perfect childhoods

One mum says:  ”…we aim so low….surely we should be imagining perfect childhoods and aiming for as close as is practically possible to that. The message on childcare is ‘It won’t harm them.’ That simply is not good enough.”  

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