Viewpoints

Your contributions to:[email protected] (or suggested links) are very welcome. The views and opinions expressed in our Viewpoints section are not necessarily reflective of the views of MAHM which has three core aims (see ‘About Us’), but they do demonstrate that support for mothers at home comes from diverse places and people and reaches across the political spectrum. 

Viewpoints touches upon a range of wide issues which impact on the politics of the family – including Employment Legislation, Economics, Theories of Child Development, Parenting Culture, Feminism, and Relationship Support, to name a few. We aim to give space for open discussion on issues that impact on family life and family time. If you would like to contribute please send your article for consideration

Geoff Dench: The public backs full time mothers. A pity politicians are blind to reality

http://conservativewoman.co.uk/geoff-dench-public-backs-full-time-mothers-pity-politicians-blind-reality/  By Geoff Dench writing for The Conservative Woman MAHM says: Good piece.   It’s also true that support for full time mothers comes from across the political spectrum, as we know very well at MAHM.  Our supporters and members who campaign passionately for family friendly policies and who genuinely value the importance of the […]

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The Politics of Mothering

  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 and social policy in Election Year 2015, I decided to write and distribute […]

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When pregnant women drink

by Julie Maxwell As a community paediatrician I am becoming increasingly aware of Foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) as a diagnosis to consider when I am assessing children with learning difficulties and behavioural problems. I was therefore very interested to watch  ITV Exposure – ‘When pregnant women drink’.  See this link to view it again […]

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Kathy Gyngell: Mother knows best

Mother knows best, says Kathy Gyngell, writing for The Conservative Woman blog, commenting on the recently published House of Lords report into Affordable Childcare.  http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/lords-select/affordable-childcare/news/affordable-childcare-report/ As TCW point out,  investment in more and more childcare from ever-earlier age has been a failed experiment – and a very expensive one.    MAHM says:  The biggest costs […]

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We need to find the courage to face up to children’s pain

We need to find the courage to face up to children’s pain says Suzanne Zeedyke – click on link to left This article from Suzanne Zeedyke  tells a number of stories about when children’s needs were not put first.  The first story relates how a kinship carer of a 2 year old (cared for by the […]

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The Time Traveller’s Daughter

by Pam Jarvis My mother is a time traveller. But she is not a Time Lord, orchestrating time, selecting her time and location on the TARDIS interface. The claxons that are sounding in her head are instead fragmenting time, so she becomes subject to its will, marooned in the mid-1930s, looking through an increasingly opaque window […]

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John Adams on Labour’s plans for paternity leave

John Adams: Some thoughts on Labour’s plans for paternity leave from dadbloguk.com Lynne Burnham from MAHM and John Adams from Dads Blog UK interviewed by Jon Snow on Channel 4 News 10 February 2015  

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Wifework and proper work

Wifework and proper work:why we have to stop romanticising women’s labour New Statesman  23rd January 2015 MAHM Response: Point is no-one cares if shoulder -padded women outsource home-based tasks to others.   It’s a free country.  The important thing is that this work (childcare and/or domestic tasks) should be properly paid – at least double […]

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What’s the real ‘economic necessity’ defining modern times?

One parent says:  ‘The real ‘economic necessity’ is a better wage paid to individuals, not state-funded childcare that enables two parents to work jobs which don’t pay enough to live comfortably’

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Recognising value of unpaid work alongside GDP

by Beverley Smith, campaigner for unpaid work to be counted   As we draw near to commemorating a decree that went out from Caesar Augustus thousands of years ago that all the world should be counted and taxed, something unusual is happening on that very topic. In the UK for the first time, the counting […]

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