Alex(32) is a mother of two children aged 8 and 21 months. Alex moved from Canada in 2002 to London and proceeded to make multiple military moves between Germany and England. Now, based near the beautiful Peak District, she is completing a degree in International Relations and Politics.
Alex is very proud of the advancement women have made in society. Having children, however, raised conflicting/contradictory norms of what and who should be the priority. She reflects that her generation has seen the development of political and economic norms, through education and public policy, whereby identities are increasingly nudged and validated through paid employment. Alex feels that the value of being a mother and a carer for one’s children has been devalued, that children are being commercialised and that the outsourcing of care is becoming the norm. Instead, she views that a developed nation should institute transformative social policy for the benefit of its citizens to empower families and women to make these choices with greater freedom. Free choice is compromised and a paradox when economic insecurity is an ever present threat that can reduce the life chances of adults and children and responsibility is increasingly seen as the individuals and not a social issue.
Alex joined Mothers at Home Matters in 2012 as she felt it was a rarity that an organisation validated motherhood. Alex feels it is important for other women to feel supported and encouraged in their ability and choice to take the time to be mothers to their children.