MAHM Conference on the 12th November

Tuesday 12th November 2019, 10am 11 Mandeville Place, London, W1U 3AJ located just off Oxford Street, close to Bond Street tube station

TICKETS – £16.50 MAHM members, £19.50 non-members

The annual conference is a fabulous opportunity to get inspired, learn about what the MAHM committee have been working on and meet other members and feel part of a movement valuing motherhood in an age which says that being a mother doesn’t count.


Sarah Ockwell-Smith – Being Kinder to Ourselves

Why are we so hard on ourselves? Why when the role of mother is to love and care are we so bad at applying the same principles to ourselves? For a family to thrive all members need to feel value and be happy. Sarah Ockwell-Smith, parenting expert, parenting coach and bestselling parenting author who specialises in the psychology and science of parenting, gentle parenting and attachment theory looks at the role of the mother, how society views the role of raising children, how mothers view their own role of raising children and how these views impact our children. What can we do to change what we tell ourselves and the world?


Maria Kemp – Yes, we CAN enjoy our teenage children!

Discover how to understand and accompany your teens through the adventure of growing up into adulthood. Maria Kemp, mother of seven, grandmother of one, has worked in primary and secondary schools for fourteen years and as a Director of UK branch of ‘International Federation for Family Development’ (IFFD) has created and run the ‘Smart Home Management’ courses to enable mothers to enjoy their family life to the full. Maria will explore with us the wonderful but thorny world of raising teenagers as well as giving us a brief overview of the 20th International Family Enrichment Congress organised this year in October in London by IFFD: ‘Family, The Face of Humanity’.

To find out more about our conference please click here

We are delighted you found us!

Mothers at Home Matter campaigns to cherish motherhood; to give a voice to those carrying out the invisible care work, and to remove the barriers which make is so difficult for so many to make the choice to be a mother at home.

It was not so long ago most families could afford a mother at home. Today that is not the case.

“Families today are tired, stressed and under pressure. 80% believe in an ideal world one parent would be able to stay at home.” Britain Thinks 2011

Mothers at Home have been under attack. The economic system is stacked against them by successive government policies, while a political and social elite has devalued the role and the importance of care in the home.

To be a mother at home has been portrayed as ‘unjustifiable’, ‘idle’, ‘a waste of education’, ‘old fashioned’. It is deemed a ‘luxury’, a ‘lifestyle choice’. And yet the reasons for making this choice – care of our children, our community, our elderly have not gone away. Rather the reverse: there seems a critical need for ‘care’ as we see rises in loneliness, depression and mental illness.

MAHM recognises that not all mothers want to be at home and some find fulfilment in their careers. We welcome the changes that have seen opportunities open up for mothers in the workplace. Yet we believe government should treat all parents equally whether they work in paid employment or in the home. The needs of children have not changed and there is a need to recognise the value of care.

Watch a montage of testimonials from our members

The importance of being there, from their own experiences


To watch more of our videos and testimonials click on this page, or head to our youtube channel here




Fathers at Home

MAHM also recognises the work of fathers at home undertaking the day to day caring role. Many of our campaign aims, such as fiscal fairness for single-earner families and the importance of valuing ‘time spent caring’ apply to fathers as much as mothers.

If you’re a dad at home then most of the information on our website will be of interest to you and please write to us at [email protected]



Check out our latest discussion by clicking on our  Facebook page ‘Mothers at Home Matter Too’   Our website is regularly reviewed by volunteers so please send links to [email protected]  to help keep the website up to date with current issues affecting families in the UK. 


Read the Mothers at Home Manifesto here.



New Mothers Matter Podcast launched by MAHM Member Claire Paye

Click HERE to listen to the podcast 


Read our latest Newsletter HERE


Important News:

New Blog Post: A Welcome to Heather Judd, a mum to be. Click here to read now!

New Blog Post: The right to reply – a ‘clarification’ of the Daily Mail article 24/5/18, ‘Why Stay at Home Mums are more under attack than ever’ Click here to read now

New Videos: Mothers Testimonials – Click here  to watch now!

Research: Childcare and the importance of Parental Care– Read Clarie Paye’s research here 

Announcement: Submission to Government Childcare Inquiry by Claire Paye February 2018

Click this link to download the submission by Claire Paye (DOCX format)


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who cares

Read more or Download our booklet which explains why most families can no longer afford for the mother to be
home. Who Cares about the Family Jun 2015

General MAHM leaflet May 2015






  • The Best Mother is Who You Are: A Voyage of Self Discovery

    A welcome to Heather Judd, a mum to be. The Best Mother is Who You Are: A Voyage of Self Discovery As a soon to be first time mother with a desire to stay at home, I have researched the opinions of experienced mothers- both working and stay at home and feel I have something […]

  • Claire Paye’s Diary from The Daily Mail

    Claire Paye A day in the life of an available mother 5.00          Wake up.  Go out into the garden with our golden retriever, Lola (I wake Lola, she wouldn’t get up until 6, given a choice).  Feed Lola, move her bed away from the back door, put the washing in. 5.30          Have a cup […]

  • Response to the Daily Mail Article

    Please find below our response to the Daily Mail article that was published on the 23rd of May. The right to reply – a ‘clarification’ of the Daily Mail article 24/5/18, ‘Why Stay at Home Mums are more under attack than ever’ In a media and political world where there are constant calls for ‘more […]

  • Equality for all

    by Claire Paye 30 Sept 2016 It is clear I have my work cut out for me. The Conference fringe events ‘Improving life chances’ (organised by Bright Blue with Child Poverty Action Group) and ‘Working women: is gender equality beyond reach’ (also organised by Bright Blue) have been scheduled to run simultaneously, with no recognition […]

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