Mothers at Home Matter Manifesto Election 2019

MAHMifesto Mothers at Home Matter Manifesto click here: MAHMifesto 2019

With the election just over a week away MAHM have produced our own manifesto.

Mothers at Home Matter asks does this really deliver our children the best start in life? What are the costs and long term well-being implications of these policies? Instead of professionals raising our children and dealing with the increasing mental health problems why can we not be supported to care for our children ourselves rather than penalised if we do so?

Here are what the three parties are promising in terms of childcare:

We will establish a new £1 billion fund to help create more high quality, affordable childcare, including before and after school and during the school holidays.

Within five years, all 2, 3 and 4-yearolds will be entitled to 30 hours of free preschool education per week and access to additional hours at affordable, subsidised rates staggered with incomes. Labour will also work to extend childcare provision for 1-year-olds.

Lib Dem
Liberal Democrats have a plan to deliver the best start in life for children: free high-quality childcare from nine months for all working parents, offer free, high-quality childcare for every child aged two to four and children aged between nine and 24 months where their parents or guardians are in work: 35 hours a week, 48 weeks a year.

Please share with your local candidates and more widely with friends, family and other organisations. Go to local hustings and ask why there is no support for families to choose to care their children themselves. And if you are feeling particularly brave call in on a radio phone in programme and express your views. LBC often have call ins.



Conservative Home Article 

Our Chair, Anne Fennell, is over on Conservative Home asking why have the Conservatives yet again ignored families when making their policies for the upcoming election. Click here to view her article.


Conference 18th March: What about the Children?

Annual Conference 2019

Our annual conference was a resounding success. Click here to listen to the second talk if you were not able to join us for the conference or would like to re-listen to words of sound advice!


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’.

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. 


Click on the image below to read the 2015 Mothers at Home Manifesto.



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)


Latest tweets – @mumsdadsmatter


- 36 days ago

SEED study shows association between time children spend in group care from age 2 yrs and probability of socio-emotional problems in Year 1
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- 37 days ago

RT @MRickelton: @WATCthechildren @mumsdadsmatter This should concern us all. Parents/carers who choose to care for their own children at ho…
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- 44 days ago

We are a voice for #mothers wanting the #choice to be based at #home for their #children. We lobby for change of po…
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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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