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

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Some reflections upon infancy in the 21st Century

Dr Pam Jarvis In 2008, UNICEF published the Child Care Transition report, which reflected: A great change is coming over childhood in the world’s richest countries. Today’s rising generation is the first in which a majority are spending a large part of early childhood in some form of out-of-home child care….. Whether the child care […]

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Working Mothers: The coming of a New Era?

Working Mothers: The Coming of a New Era?    Neil Gilbert, Professor of Social Welfare at the University of California, talks about a ‘sequential’ model of work and care in which both parents’ efforts are invested in raising children or paid employment but, crucially,  at different stages of the family life cycle.  In his article […]

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Looking to Norway for new evidence on educational outcomes and stay at home parenting

Looking to Norway for new evidence on educational outcomes and stay at home parenting by Jo Roughton From the BeHome blog of Home Renaissance Foundation  August 12 2014

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The constant drip-drip of media propaganda ignores the importance of motherhood

by Francis Phillips An article  in the Telegraph yesterday caught my eye: “Women are on the march – but there’s still one great obstacle” by Isabel Hardman. The “one great obstacle” turns out to be lack of affordable child-care. What made me ponder was that there was absolutely no suggestion anywhere in the article that being […]

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Forget the gender gap. Politics needs the wisdom arising from full-time parenting

Forget the gender gap. Politics needs the wisdom arising from full-time parenting says Holly Hamilton Bleakley writing for Conservative Woman  20th July 2014 Send your views to [email protected]    

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Women in High Places

  by TyLean Polley, for MAHM   I have just read an article in The Daily Telegraph by Isabel Hardman about the obstacles women are still facing in the workforce. I don’t disagree with anything Isabel Hardman has said, but I would like to add a few more dimensions to the argument.   The article […]

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Jill Kirby: Mothers want the best for their infants, not cheap childcare

Jill Kirby: Mothers want the best for their infants, not cheap childcare   Laura Perrins: middle class women grab their tax breaks for childcare and trample over their poorer sisters Jill Kirby and Laura Perrins,  supporters of MAHM, write for Conservative Woman.  15th July 2014 Conservative Woman is co-edited by Kathy Gyngell and Laura Perrins.  MAHM […]

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Why did you have them then?

by TyLean Polley I have just read an article on  The Telegraph website written by a mother who chooses to work whilst a nanny raises her children. She openly admits that having to push her own child on a swing would drive her to suicide. She also goes on to run down stay-at-home mothers who are […]

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At what age are children ready for school?

At what age are children ready for school?  asks David Whitbread, Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Education at University of Cambridge, writing for ‘The Conversation’. What do you think? Write to [email protected]    

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A different life

by Clare Kenney My life is very different from how it was just over 2 years ago. I used to work as a criminal defence solicitor and although I received a  reasonable salary ( and paid a lot of tax!) it was very stressful and my husband and I took the decision that after our daughter was born I would stay […]

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