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

Govt pumps billions into childcare to ensure both mothers and fathers can return to paid employment

Laura Perrins: ”We are pumping billions in childcare” – so what happened to austerity Sam? The Conservative Woman blog  3rd December 2014 Extract:  Mr Gyimah (Childcare Minister) leaves us in no doubt as to the stated aim of the  so-called Conservative Party – namely to force mothers away from their children and back to work […]

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CVPA Briefing on Tax-Free Childcare

CVPA Briefing: Childcare Payments Bill On 18th March 2014 the Government outlined its proposals for Tax-free Childcare (TFC) and the Childcare Payments Bill, giving effect to the scheme, was introduced in Parliament on 5th June 2014. The Childcare Voucher Providers Association (CVPA) has welcomed elements of the proposed TFC scheme, notably extending support to the self-employed […]

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Meeting the needs of the under-threes, ahead of the profits of a tiny few

However you cut the cake, the evidence is overwhelming that, overall, infants are best cared for in their home by their parents. In the vast majority of cases, all over the world, this is done by the mother. That is not to say that no mothers should work and that there are some fathers who […]

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How can we better value the different roles people play, including caregiving

How can we better value the different roles people play, including caregiving? by Beverley Smith, Canada When we talk of social protection we are aiming to get rid of poverty and homelessness. The goal is the same from nearly all theorists but the means differ. One approach is to nudge the poor by shaming them […]

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Our decision to leave the UK

by TyLean Polley I’m a rare breed of American…. the American who can’t stand my birth country. I so despised the United States that I immigrated to the United Kingdom in 2007. I found happiness in England that I didn’t dream could be possible in my home state of Pennsylvania. Now I’m a British citizen […]

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Penny Webb: Seizing the day to improve the nurture of our youngest children

http://pennysplacechildminding.com/2014/11/23/seizing-the-day-to-improve-the-nurture-of-our-youngest-children-in-celebration-of-the-25th-anniversary-of-uncrc/  Excellent account of 1001 Critical Days lecture with Sir Al Aynsley Green as keynote speaker. Thank you to Penny Webb.  

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Happy homes, Happy hearts, Happy communities

Happy homes: happy hearts: happy communities By Lyndsey Simpson, Lancashire Life is fast-paced, pressured and hard for all members of the family unit, young and old. Two incomes are often required to make ends meet, meaning children need to be in registered childcare for ever-extended hours. Parents receive belligerent letters if children are off school […]

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James Bartholomew: I have seen the future. And it’s Sweden where mothers are banned.

James Bartholomew: I have seen the future. And it’s Sweden where mothers are banned.                says James Bartholomew writing a guest piece for The Conservative Woman.   Madeleine Wallin campaigns for HARO in Sweden – a group that puts the child very much ‘in focus’  and the family at the […]

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Get shot of pink. Purple, green and white are the real girl colours!

by Sue Palmer  – author of Toxic Childhood, Detoxing Childhood, 21st Century Boys and now 21st Century Girls Purple, green and white are the real girl colours For her second birthday, I bought my granddaughter a bike.  One of those little ones without pedals, that kids can use to scoot along beside mum and dad.  It’s made […]

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Natural Gentle Beautiful

The Mother Magazine Our thanks to The Mother Magazine for offering a free digital copy of their beautiful magazine to MAHM members (November 2014).  If you are a member of MAHM please contact [email protected]  to claim your gift.   by Starr Meneely I remember when my first issue of ‘The Mother’ magazine fell through my […]

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