Archive for May, 2010

Save the Children suggests families learning together

May 19, 2010

This article reports on a scheme to encourage families to spend time together. But how practical is this when all parents are now out of the home working? A long-time FTM member comments. (more…)

The folly of means-tested (child) benefit

May 14, 2010

Reports are that child benefits ‘for the rich’ are firmly in the sights on the new British coalition government as it seeks to tackle the huge deficit in public finances. And what could be wrong with not giving money to people who do not need it? (more…)


May 11, 2010

Here’s a piece written my a long-time FTM member (and now a grandmother) “expressing anger at some of the policies promoted by my own sex on our behalf” (more…)

The future for QUANGOs

May 11, 2010

Bearing in mind the probable axing of the London Childcare team, (see here) Anna Line’s FTM’s chair, writes:

I encountered members of this Childcare Team some years ago when I was invited to take part in a discussion on the Politics Show one Sunday lunchtime in that oddly shaped London Assembly building by the Thames. The discussion centred around the question of providing childcare for mothers of very young children who might just want to work short hours in, say, schools at lunchtime, and they would of course need to have their children looked after. (more…)

Grandmother wins Kent County Council foster care ruling

May 11, 2010

On the surface, this story – being paid a full foster carer’s allowance to look after one’s own grand-daughter – is outside the remit of FTM. But…

…what about the difference in cost between young children placed into full-time, non-parental, daycare (which some politicians want to offer free to everyone out of taxpayers’ pockets) compared to those cared for at home full-time by their parents?

Avoid putting the under-threes in daycare if you can

May 8, 2010

Click here for a Guardian article by Oliver James – a patron of Full Time Mothers.

The best tip for women wanting to have it all is: don’t bother

May 2, 2010

Click here for this Times article from Minette Marin.

Fourth time lucky for FTM registration

May 1, 2010

Mum wins the right to describe herself as a ‘Full-Time Mother’

When registering their third child’s birth a couple of years ago, FTM member Karen * couldn’t believe it when the General Register Office yet again refused her the right to define her occupation as ‘full-time mother’, a matter she had already started challenging on the birth of her second son. (more…)