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

Act of Craftivism in support of a mother’s work

By Kerry Hedley This Saturday I took a piece of my embroidery to the Feminism in London conference. I guess it could be called an act of craftivism and I was headed for the Mothers at Home Matter stall. Sound strange? It was strange to me too until a few weeks ago. Earlier this month […]

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Caring for small children is viewed as ‘women’s work’. That’s why it is valued so little.

Sue Palmer: Caring for small children is viewed as ‘women’s work’. That is why it’s valued so little. The Conservative Woman (TCW) speaks to author Sue Palmer.     

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Family Friendly Feminism

Family Friendly Feminism   ‘Professional middle-class women have captured the feminist debate and ignored the preferences of the majority’ argues Belinda Brown, writing for the DEMOS quarterly magazine. What can be done to challenge the dominant strand of feminist thinking on motherhood which appears to side-step the thorny issue of time spent providing hands-on love and […]

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I feed

by Karem Roitman A few days ago my husband’s friend came for dinner and, as one does to be polite, sought to make conversation with me. Awkwardly unsure of how to phrase the question, he looked at me, stay at home mom of two toddlers and wife to my 70-hour-week-working husband and, swallowed, looked around, […]

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Can you be a full time mum and a feminist?

I used to think that feminism was about women being like men.  The image I had in my head of a ‘feminist’ was a woman in a business suit, smashing through the glass ceiling and taking no prisoners.  To me, feminism was all about women in the workplace, proving that they are at least as […]

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Heartfelt Dave is heartless about babies and their mothers

Heartfelt Dave is heartless about babies and their mothers writes Kathy Gyngell,  co-founder of the blog The Conservative Woman. Sadly, our politicians haven’t yet bothered to come up with solutions to help a loving parent – usually but not always the mother-  to  provide home-based care for their babies and toddlers, in order to balance […]

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I’m a stay at home dad. It’s the single best decision we ever made

Dear Government, My name is Rob and I’m a stay at home dad. This makes me sound like I am at an AA meeting but as father to two energetic, life loving children things can get troublesome but never that bad. I can’t remember the actual moment that my wife and I agreed that I’d […]

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Setting a Wage for Homemaking?

by Joanna Roughton , Home Renaissance Foundation Should the state – one way or another – pay home-makers for housework? Nothing new in that question. Family campaigners have said so for years. But it is potentially of note that the idea is now being advocated – I use the word advisedly m’lud – by two prominent […]

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Nothing matters more than family

by Patricia Morgan, writing for ‘Crossbow’ – the magazine of the Bow Group  “For me” Cameron recently declared “nothing matters more than family. It’s at the centre of my life and the heart of my politics” and policies should be scrapped or revised if they fail to provide families with enough support.  Any “family test” […]

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Are the nursery kids all right?

The nursery kids are all right says the Sunday Times. The article claims children thrive better in nursery than with mum or with a home based childminder. Laura Perrins,  co-editor of the blog Conservative Woman, mounts a robust defence of family life. Beware the media spin. Families not nurseries boost later exam success,  she says.  

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