The ‘C’ Word

The ‘C’ Word by Mel Tibbs Read any article in the paper about women and motherhood, be it Kirsty Allsopp opining on how young women should organise their lives or the high cost of childcare in the UK compared with other countries, and there’s one glaring omission.  We talk about women, and fathers get a say […]

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Combatting the Culture of Motherism

by Mel Tibbs Speaking at the Mothers at Home Matter AGM in October 2013, Dr Aric Sigman, a Fellow of the Society of Biology and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society,  floated his concept of ‘motherism’.  His presentation was picked up by the newspapers where it was reported that he attacked the clichés that shape […]

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A Grandmother’s Wisdom

  by Mel Tibbs When I became pregnant with my first child, my grandmother was pretty disappointed.  To be fair to her, I was unmarried, only 23 and had only met the father of my child two years before.  She was probably worried that things wouldn’t turn out to be very straightforward, and the fact […]

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Families struggling to make ends meet turn to Food Banks and the voluntary sector

by Marie Peacock At Mothers at Home Matter we are in regular touch with mothers experiencing difficulties making ends meet – paying unexpected bills, buying food,  paying for transport and meeting the rent.   This is perhaps not surprising given that 13 million people live below the poverty line in Britain.  Cuts are biting hard […]

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MAHM Patrons, Advisors and Friends

We have a number of Patrons, Advisors and Friends as well as an active Executive Committee of MAHM volunteers. Our list of Friends, who support MAHM through actively campaigning for motherhood in their own field,   is growing – Sue Palmer, Naomi Stadlen, Laura Perrins.   If you’d be interested in joining our list of Friends […]

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Investing in family life, not just childcare outside the home

A fair start  What does ‘a fair start’  for children really mean and is it right for policymakers to prioritise access to more registered daycare provision outside the home from birth?  To what extent does the relentless focus on registered childcare distract from other equally important policy initiatives to support children and family life? A […]

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Beware surveys about ‘childcare’

Stay at home mums and dads have a message for the organisers of Labour’s online survey which claims to capture parents’  views on ‘childcare’ costs.    But first a look at the questions asked: Can you afford regular childcare? Do you rely on family (eg parents) for regular childcare? Does the cost of childcare make […]

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MAHM extends a warm welcome to Dame Sarah Cowley as our Health Advisor

Emeritus Professor Dame Sarah Cowley Emeritus Professor of Community Practice Development, Kings College, London Mothers at Home Matter extends a warm welcome to Dame Sarah Cowley as our new Health Advisor.    April 2014 Professor Dame Sarah Cowley retired in spring 2012 after a career that started in nursing in 1964, but has focused on […]

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Boyzone and Burnt Chips!

by Imogen Thompson MAHM committee volunteer Imogen Thompson writes about the ups and downs of being a media spokesperson 24th April 2014 Twelve months ago I was planning a celebration for our 10th wedding anniversary. In the busy lead up to the party, and as a result of my MAHM membership, I was approached to […]

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What makes a happy mum?

by Sue Palmer 19th April 2014 Last week I was contacted by a radio researcher about a Mumsnet survey showing that the majority of working mums don’t feel guilty about being away from their families.  Since I was down in the address book as a ‘child development expert’ would I like to comment on this? […]

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