‘Mothers at Home Matter’ campaigns to give mothers the choice and confidence to care for their children at home.

Established 30 years in the face of increasing pressure for mothers to return to work before either they or their children were ready our aims remain much the same: to promote a better understanding of children’s developmental need for loving and consistent care, to campaign for an economic level playing field for parents who stay at home and to enhance the status and self esteem of mothers at home representing their voice in policy debates.

One freedom the average mother no longer has is to choose to be at home to care for her children. Successive government policies have stacked the economic system against staying at home whilst a political and social elite have devalued the role and importance of care in the home.

Yet the reasons for making this choice – care of our children, our community, our elderly have not gone away. Rather the reverse. There seems a critical need for ‘care’ as we see rises in loneliness, depression and mental illness.

Launching our New Local Groups

Feel supported, nourished and inspired.

Find your local MAHM group or if you can’t why don’t you think about starting one?! To find out more go to the Local MAHM groups page or click here… video  


Mothers at Home Matter Manifesto Election 2019

MAHMifesto Mothers at Home Matter Manifesto click here: MAHMifesto 2019

Why are Political Parties so averse to choice?

Our Chair, Anne Fennell, asks on Conservative Home: ‘Why are the Conservatives, like the other main parties against choice for families?’

‘It is a truth universally acknowledged that all mothers in possession of young children must be in want of childcare. However little known the feelings or views of such a mother may be on her first entering motherhood, this truth is so well established that every manifesto pledge on care of young children and every family policy enacted by previous governments and the Treasury is directed to liberating the mother from the burden of caring for her child.’   Click here to view more…

 MAHM Vice Chair, Lynne Burnham, interviewed on BBC Analysis,
The Early Years Miracle?

Click HERE to listen to the episode 

Read our latest Newsletter HERE

Annual Conference 2019

Our annual conference was a resounding success. Click here to listen to Maria Kemp – Yes, we CAN enjoy our teenage children!

Discover how to understand and accompany your teens through the adventure of growing up into adulthood. Maria Kemp, mother of seven, grandmother of one, has worked in primary and secondary schools for fourteen years and as a Director of UK branch of ‘International Federation for Family Development’ (IFFD) has created and run the ‘Smart Home Management’ courses to enable mothers to enjoy their family life to the full.

Watch a montage of testimonials from our members

The importance of being there, from their own experiences

To watch more of our videos and testimonials click on this page, or head to our youtube channel here

‘Mothers Matter’ Podcast

launched by MAHM Member Claire Paye

Click HERE to listen to the podcast 

Fathers at Home

MAHM also recognises the work of fathers at home undertaking the day to day caring role. Many of our campaign aims, such as fiscal fairness for single-earner families and the importance of valuing ‘time spent caring’ apply to fathers as much as mothers.

If you’re a dad at home then most of the information on our website will be of interest to you and please write to us at info@mothersathomematter.org

Check out our latest discussion by clicking on our  Facebook page ‘Mothers at Home Matter Too’   Our website is regularly reviewed by volunteers so please send links to info@mothersathomematter.org  to help keep the website up to date with current issues affecting families in the UK. 



Important News:

New Blog Post: A Welcome to Heather Judd, a mum to be. Click here to read now!

New Videos: Mothers Testimonials – Click here  to watch now!

Research: Childcare and the importance of Parental Care– Read Clarie Paye’s research here 

Announcement: Submission to Government Childcare Inquiry by Claire Paye February 2018

Click this link to download the submission by Claire Paye (DOCX format)


Latest tweets – @mumsdadsmatter


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RT @WATCthechildren: Social infrastructure of secure infant parent attachment needs investment to achieve post Covid economic recovery. @B…
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We nurture and support life. When will unpaid care by #mothers be truly noticed? Mothers need consideration by… https://t.co/H32cLT8xTE
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who cares

Read more or Download our booklet which explains why most families can no longer afford for the mother to be
home. Who Cares about the Family Jun 2015

General MAHM leaflet May 2015




  • The Best Mother is Who You Are: A Voyage of Self Discovery

    A welcome to Heather Judd, a mum to be. The Best Mother is Who You Are: A Voyage of Self Discovery As a soon to be first time mother with a desire to stay at home, I have researched the opinions of experienced mothers- both working and stay at home and feel I have something […]

  • Claire Paye’s Diary from The Daily Mail

    Claire Paye A day in the life of an available mother 5.00          Wake up.  Go out into the garden with our golden retriever, Lola (I wake Lola, she wouldn’t get up until 6, given a choice).  Feed Lola, move her bed away from the back door, put the washing in. 5.30          Have a cup […]

  • Response to the Daily Mail Article

    Please find below our response to the Daily Mail article that was published on the 23rd of May. The right to reply – a ‘clarification’ of the Daily Mail article 24/5/18, ‘Why Stay at Home Mums are more under attack than ever’ In a media and political world where there are constant calls for ‘more […]

  • Equality for all

    by Claire Paye 30 Sept 2016 It is clear I have my work cut out for me. The Conference fringe events ‘Improving life chances’ (organised by Bright Blue with Child Poverty Action Group) and ‘Working women: is gender equality beyond reach’ (also organised by Bright Blue) have been scheduled to run simultaneously, with no recognition […]

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