Archive for November, 2009

Recession-hit couples turn to ‘shift-parenting’ to stay afloat

November 27, 2009

Click here for this Guardian article on how “Mothers and fathers take it in turns to go to work as a way of avoiding the expense of childcare”.

The families never spend time together as a whole. Sad.

Childcare vouchers

November 26, 2009

The proposal to scrap these has met with vehement opposition. Click here for more.

An FTM member writes the following: 

Mothers at home have childcare costs too, even though they may be invisible because there are no ‘childcare bills’ (more…)

‘Useless stay-at-home men’ a female myth

November 24, 2009

This article in the Guardian  reports on research that suggests that working mothers unfairly criticise the domestic skills of their stay-at-home husbands

the trend of the female high achiever and the male slacker is a tall story that women tell each other to compensate for the fact that most career-orientated women feel an “overwhelming sense of guilt” over their role and less of a mother and a wife.

Women’s rights: why too much of a good thing is bad for you

November 23, 2009

The Times reports that the toughest critics of extending women’s rights often…. not men – but women. Click here for the full story.

‘I had it all, but I didn’t have a life’

November 14, 2009

Gaby Hinsliff, political editor of the Observer, has resigned to spend more time with her two-year-old son. She explains why she can’t juggle work and family any longer

Click here for full article.

How keen are mothers to be in paid employment?

November 14, 2009

In this Guardian article, Oliver James – a clinical psychologist, author and a patron of Full-Time Mothers, comments on a report showing that mothers prefer to be with their children.

The report points out that the great majority of female media commentary and political decision-making is by women who work full-time. It claims they fail to stick up for full-time mothers, denigrating their brains as having gone “as soft as over-cooked spaghetti” and for nurturing an overindulged “generation of useless monsters”.

Girls should be ‘realistic’ about careers and motherhood – schools group head

November 14, 2009

Realism here from a headmistress.

Enabling women to work

November 2, 2009

This article in The Economist says that falling fertility

…is changing traditional family life by enabling women to work and children to be educated

Stay-at-home mothers (and fathers) would claim that looking after children is certainly work – in richer economies this hands-on parenting is now sub-contracted, generally to women, who are paid low wages for the ‘work’ of looking after children.