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NOW CLOSED If parents ruled the world…what would make it into your 'Mummyfesto'? Share your thoughts and win £200 Love2shop voucher(205 Posts)
To celebrate the launch of the new book, The Mummyfesto by Linda Green, we'd like to know what issues Mumsnetters would campaign for if parents were in charge.
Here's what the publishers of The Mummyfesto say: "Issues affecting and surrounding parents don't often come to the forefront of the political agenda - a recent survey by 23snaps revealed that 46% of parents don't think family issues get much attention from politicians. This is addressed in The Mummyfesto, a new book by Linda Green, in which three mums who campaign to save their local lollipop lady from redundancy discover that they are rather good at it."
So what would you like to see in world where parents are in charge? This can be anything from free childcare to Mumsnet replacing the House of Lords. We'd love to hear what you think - if parents ruled the world, how would we make it better? It could be something small and local or big and national, silly or deadly serious. Time to get creative!
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Change the default 'normal' setting from Male as it is currently to Female.
Use AIBU and WWYD as a means of sorting out the country and get Mumsnet to run the country. Get rid of all politicians - they are only interested in themselves and do not seem to understand life as lived by everybody else.
Include much better life skills as part of compulsory education - ranging from understanding personal finance and financial management of your own affairs, being able to cook well, decent first aid and personal health, child rearing and parenting skills, the responsibilities side of living in society (not just the rights that people seem to be all to aware of whilst forgetting the other half of the equation). These should take up the equivalent of at least one A-level's worth of study.
To stop idiots on motorcycles hooning around at all times of the day/night - to prevent one's kids from being rudely awoken after it took them ages to fall asleep.
To make it mandatory for politicians to live like normal people for several months so that they can actually make informed decisions on issues that affect those of us on lower/middle incomes.
kiddy rides at the supermarket should be free!
Affordable holidays in school holidays !!!!
Can appreciate supply and demand but some prices are startingly eg nearly £5000 for a family of 5 Half Board in Spain
I think it should be mandatory for all babies, toddlers to stop needing/wanting looking after while we go to the loo or have a shower.
I used to moan 'I'm sure it's in the human rights convention somewhere that I can use the loo BY MYSELF'. Just once a day would have been nice.
And I hate 'mummyfesto' - sorry.
- Subsidised, good quality childcare available to all, with tax relief on fees
- A mother's help service available for the first three months with a new baby (5-10 hours a week?) so that new mums get a bit of looking after themselves, or enough time to shower and dress/have a nap knowing that someone is watching the baby
- A umbrella library at train stations, where you could just borrow one if it's raining and return it to any station once it has stopped
- Flexible working becoming normal for everyone, not just parents. Why do schools and offices all generally start around 9.00? It just means we all get stuck in the same traffic jam!
- More of a sense of community and partnership around raising children, with a general understanding that most people are trying to help, not upset you and your children
- Greater security for tenants in any rented property
- Actual support for breastfeeding, not just saying you support it (had this at the HV clinic, of all places-went to get baby weighed at 4 weeks old, huge and very slow moving queue, big sign up saying 'We support and promote breastfeeding, ask if you would like a private room' so when DS started to get hungry and loud, I asked if they had somewhere I could feed him,v shy and leaky of bosom,DS had a very poor latch and kept getting sprayed in the face and was told they did if I could wait forty minutes. Er, no...)
- Support for those who need it. Everyone needs some help sometimes, some more than others. It should be there. I'd happily pay higher taxes to provide it
- Kindness. If everyone had a real think about their interactions with others, and remembered to be kind, a lot of trouble and stress would be reduced or eliminated
-The re-introduction of tea trolleys and a proper break in workplaces. Tea, cake and a chat can really help
- Tickets for cars parked across pavements (if I can't get a buggy past, someone with a wheelchair is really going to struggle) and compulsory indication on roundabouts. I'm not psychic, share which direction you're going in!
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Subsidized childcare centres and before/after school clubs closely linked to schools and schemes to encourage good quality staff at them e.g. a TeachFirst style scheme to encourage graduates
I have read all the comments here with interest. I live in germany and a lot of the wishes actually already fully exist here - maternity/paternity care up to 14 months can be completely split however you like - normally the Mum takes 12 months, and the Dad the last 2 up to 14 months. There are kindergartens here for everyone (at least in the city I live in), and very nice they are too. The state schools are excellent - private schools are rare, unless you look at international schools really. Tax breaks are given to parents, and to married couples (and they are looking to update the rights to civil partnerships currently). It is a very different way of life.
If I would add anything, I would say that we should all be a bit more grateful for what we have, and pass this on to our children. There is ALWAYS someone who earns more, has more, is quicker etc, but there is ALWAYS someone much worse off too. If people remembered this more, and were less 'it's my right!' about things, the world would be a better place.
Personally, I find the title completely fine - how is being a Mummy patronising? You are a Mummy. Personally, I really cherish the word Mummy, as I live abroad, and when my little one finally sees the world, I want them to use this for me, and not the german term - it is my link with my homeland. Be proud of being Mummys! It is a very hard job! And as far as I can see Jane has commented the book is about women (not read it) - why would she comment on Dad's in it? No less of an issue - but what about Man and Boy - no-one said 'oh how patronising'! Surely this is about what bothers Mums - not Dads or Parents?
Make cars impossible to operate if your key doesn't contain the info that you have insurance, road tax etc. Don't increase insurance but have restrictions on experience and limitation on engine size. If you're seventeen and want to drive anything over 100 horsepower then the advance test should be taken. Ban 4x4's unless you are actually a farmer or builder. That one day a year when you may need to drive through a bit of snow doesn't count imo.
That every child has the opportunity to appreciate the world in which they live, to grow food and flowers in their gardens or window boxes and have the chance to run wild in the open air, be it the forest or the sea. To know the pleasure of cooking on a campfire in the dark and the wonder of watching the stars.
Ban sweets, chocs and fizzy drinks from near the checkout at supermarkets. Limit the frequency of dress up days at school.
I also want to get my post before 2-3pm. I remember my mum being able to get an important letter before heading out for work and being able to post all the relevant stuff back on her way into work. All before 8.30 am! Now you don't get your post the next day anyway and even if you do you have no hope of replying to it until the next day...
Make all companies pay a living wage rather than minimum wage.
kslatts - I don't take offence to Mummyfesto on the grounds of being sexist, I just think it is horribly twee. There's no way I'd buy/read a book with that on the front.
Baby & Parent parking spaces should be in every public car park. Anyone who mis-uses them (i.e. those without babies!!!) should be fined!
more spaces for pushchairs on buses, with the windows at toddler level
All chemists to be 24 hours, a godsend if you or your loved ones get sick. Most close which is a pain
It's not so much about it being sexist (although it is - as it excludes 'daddies' by definition - Mumsnet at least has the strapline 'by parents - for parents'), it's about it being hugely patronising. 'Mummy' is a term used by little children. It's hardly about taking women as parents seriously.
Not sure why so many people take offence to Mummyfesto because it's sexist but not to Mumsnet.
More youth clubs.
Bring back the nit lady in schools.
yes good idea about GP surgeries
Free access to cooking classes to enable parents to better feed their children on a budget.
Better access to funding for parents of SN children.
More assistance to help young carers so that they don't fall behind in their education.
1. Affordable childcare for those wanting to return to work.
2. Make housing affordable so women who are SAHM's are not forced back to work earlier than wanted.
3. Minimum wage should be increase to a living wage.
4. More money pumped into NHS
5. More support for parents of children with SN
6. All parents to receive access to a free first aid course.
7. Free after school sports for children
Just read back to see many agree with me. What a shame about the title and silly thread...
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