Doctoral research into motherhood

Click here to participate in a survey aimed at full-time (ie, stay-at-home) mothers. This is survey is part of PhD research by a student at the University of Exeter.

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10 Responses to “Doctoral research into motherhood”

  1. sarah brookes Says:

    Was a full time mum for 10 years – now working part time as a family support worker with children’s services and about to train as a social worker.

    Passionate about family and research issues – happy to help if required

  2. Jenny Henderson Says:

    I am still an almost full-time mother 25 years on … it doesn’t stop when they start school. I have graduated from nappies to advice and practical help with everything from finances to travel plans, from careers to friendships, cooking and driving lessons, Happy to be interviewed, answer questions or whatever would help.

  3. Jeanette Dobson Says:

    The low status of motherhood is partly responsible for the breakdown in family life we see around us.

  4. Margaret Van Goethem Says:

    Children need mothers! The more full time the better! It is not up to others to bring up your children or the government. It is so sad to see that the feminist movement has effectively virtually removed as an option the right to bring up your own children and lowered the status of motherhood.Mothers do such valuable work,

    in my eyes mothers have the highest status going -like doctors and nurses. How people can hand over the responsibility of bringing up their babies and children to others and effectively other institutions baffles me.We live in a society now where it is OK for anyone but the mother to bring up their children. They are afforded status , but full time motherhood is not. This is so wrong.
    If I look after other peoples children I will get rewarded with money for it -it is recognised as a job. But if I look after my own children 24/7 I get nothing and I am virtually regarded as ‘unemployed’. It’s utter hypocrisy and nonsense. If I and a friend are registered child minders and we swap our children with each other to look after, we will get paid for it and have a ‘valid ‘ job title , but not if we are full time mothers!
    It would do our society well if the status of full time mothers could be raised and if women won back the right from Jamie Oliver’s ‘men in skirts’ , to raise their own children if this is their choice!
    Women and young girls deserve THIS feminist choice. Society STOP IGNORING US FULL TIME MOTHERS-WE DO WONDERFUL WORK! RECOGNISE US! AND WOMEN STAND UP FOR THIS FEMINIST RIGHT! THE RIGHT TO BRING UP YOUR OWN CHILDREN AND THE RIGHT TO THE HIGHEST STATUS THAT THIS JOB DESERVES!
    If you are able to do it give your children as much time as possible-it is much better for their and your future health, both mental and physical.It is the least they deserve.

  5. Margaret Van Goethem Says:

    I totally agree with with Jeanette Dobson.She has said in one sentence what i have tried to say in many words. It would be a healing balm to our society if more women chose to care for their children. I too am happy to be interviewed and to participate in your survey.

  6. Margaret Van Goethem Says:

    I have only just now looked at and completed the survey. Robert Greens statement in the FT is abysmal. He is saying that full time mothers have nothing to do and are unemployed. Clearly anyone with any experience of caring for babies and children know nothing could be further from the truth. What he is saying is that full time mothers are economically unproductive i.e generate no income for the government via taxes.THEY SHOULD NEVER BE REGARDED AS UNEMPLOYED! They are regarded as ‘a problem’ as that female politician let slip (I can’t remember her name). By including full time mothers in the gov statistics for unemployment he is denying them any status at all.
    FULL TIME MOTHERS ARE FULLY EMPLOYED NOT UNEMPLOYED!
    _

  7. Martine Barons Says:

    I felt strongly that I should not have a full-time job whilst my children were young because I had a very negative experience myself as a child. Now that they are all grown up I am embarking on a career, and all the skills I developed during those years are highly sought-after. Working as a full-time mother is neither unemployment nor stagnation; to officially categorise it as such would invite government action to ‘cure’ the ‘problem’, to the detriment of children, parents and society.

  8. Margaret Van Goethem Says:

    CORRECTION:
    In my comments above for Jamie Oliver please read Oliver James!

  9. Alison Dale Says:

    I have been a full time mother for nearly 15 years and just this week have started back in part-time work (mainly through financial necessity). I feel very grateful that I have been able to have those years of ‘being there’ for the children. They are attending a holiday club on the days I am working during the summer, and were not too thrilled about this, as they most like to be based in their own home in school holidays. However, they are old enough now to appreciate the financial necesiity, and also to not need to go to bed too early after not getting home till 5.30 (the youngest is 8). I would not like to have had to leave them at any younger age.

  10. Anne Says:

    I agree with Alison. I too have just gone back to work (part time) out of financial necessity — I imagine this is all to common nowadays. However I am glad that for most of my 4 children’s childhood I was at home for them. Youngest is now 9 and oldest (17) often looks after them when I am away, and I use school breakfast club on 3 days a week which my youngest loves. However it is not ideal — as I’m on my own there is far too much to do — I get very stressed and have not had the time I used to have to help my youngest who has learning difficulties.

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