Archive for the ‘Research’ Category

Families and work: Revisiting barriers to employment

April 22, 2011

This research, commissioned by the Department for Work and Pensions, includes the finding that “There was… a widespread reluctance to use formal childcare”. Many parents want to look after their own children rather than outsource.

Also, the report’s title shows a bias, assuming that everyone should be in full-time employment. This is wrong. Better to  aim that all  people are households where sufficient money is earned to cover the costs of everyone in that household – a subtle but important distinction.

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How much time do mothers spend with their children?

April 2, 2011

Study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development – an organisation that helps governments tackle challenges – shows that mothers in Britain who work outside the home spend on average one hour 21 minutes a day looking after their families – including meal times; and that stay-at-home mothers manage almost twice as much time directly caring for their children, with 2 hours 35 minutes dedicated to activities like meals, bathtime and playing games. Click here for more on this.

It might sound strange that stay-at-home mothers manager only one hour more with their children than those working outside the home, but… (more…)

Single-earner families suffer under UK tax regime

March 7, 2011

This research by CARE – a Christian social policy charity – shows that married single-income couples are taxed more in the UK than elsewhere. Click here and here for press reaction.

Maternal Employment, Work Schedules, and Children’s Body Mass Index

February 7, 2011

Nothing too surprising in this research, finding that an increase in the total time a mother is employed is associated with a fatter child. If there is no meal on the table then the teeanagers will graze; and if there is little time to cook then mothers resort to ready meals and junk food and do not have time to argue about healthy eating.

What women want: evidence from British Social Attitudes

November 24, 2010

Geoff Dench, Hera Trust, 2010, xiii + 154pp, £12.95, ISBN 9780952352952

This is a review by Norman Wells of the Family Education Trust and is reproduced here with kind permission.

In this report, Professor Geoff Dench of the Young Foundation questions the common assumption that women in Britain have freely chosen to leave the domestic sphere in order to take a fuller part in the labour market without any regrets. Drawing extensively on British Social Attitudes (BSA) surveys, he shows that family life comes much higher in the scale of priorities of most women than work outside the home, that family life suffers when women put work first, and that being a housewife is a rewarding role. (more…)

Realities of Mothers in Europe

November 18, 2010

Click here for this report, an author of which spoke at the FTM AGM earlier this month.

FTM members contributed to the report, which was recently presented to the Platform of European Social non-governmental organisations. (more…)

The great nursery debate

October 2, 2010

Click here for this piece from The Guardian, which does appear to be even-handed, quoting people and research from both sides of the debate. (more…)

Realities of Mothers in Europe

September 25, 2010

FTM recently publicised the chance to contribute to this report – the full version of which can be seen here.

One of the conclusions is:

Mothers want choice (clearly written or implied). They do not want to be imposed in a specific model usually based on economic criteria. They want to be respected and enabled in whatever choice they make to raise their children and employment model they choose depending on the lifecycle they are in. They want a better recognition of the importance of “unpaid family care” and motherhood in society.

The Pass-Around Baby

September 17, 2010

Click here for a report on research into the link between multiple child-care arrangements and behaviour. It starts:

Life can be hard for young children cared for by one stranger on Mondays and Wednesdays, a different stranger on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and yet a third stranger on Fridays. To clarify just how hard it is for children to deal with such shifting child-care arrangements, researcher Taryn W. Morrissey recently examined “associations between changes in the number of concurrent, nonparental child-care arrangements and changes in children’s behavioral outcomes at 2 and 3 years of age.

Ordinary mothers ‘deserting Labour over its career-woman policies’

March 11, 2010

Click here for this article from The Telegraph.