The Telegraph 21 October 2013
Stay-at-home mothers are increasingly facing a damaging but unspoken prejudice that assumes they are stupid, lazy and unattractive, a leading child development expert has warned.
Dr Aric Sigman, a biologist and psychologist, said that what he called “motherism” should be tackled as much as other prejudices such as racism.
He told a conference that the rise of derogatory attitudes towards stay-at-home mothers had helped make it socially unacceptable in some circles to argue that children benefit from “full-time” parenting.
Dr Sigman, a fellow of the Society of Biology and associate fellow of the British Psychological Society, has argued in the past that evidence about the long-term effects of sending very young children to full-time day care is being ignored because of a political and economic agenda.
Addressing a conference organised by the Mothers At Home Matter group, he said that evidence from biosciences showed that mothers provided “unrivalled benefits” to young children that other people, including fathers, cannot.