Single parenthood: why it rules

Single parent

According to a new survey, children living with a single parent or step-parent are just as happy as those living with two biological parents - hoorah! In honour of the many lone parents and parents of blended families here on MN, here are a few of their favourite things about the way their families work.

'And we never found the Curly Wurly...'

Curly Wurly

The Mumsnet mysteries: Rematerializing keys, nightly offerings of baked goods strewn across the pavement, chocolate bars vanishing into an alternate dimension - honestly, it's like an episode of The X-Files around here.

Temple Grandin: 'Let's build on autistic children's strengths'

temple

Guest post: One of the world's best-known autistic adults argues that the best way to help autistic children succeed is to focus on what they can do, rather than what they can't, and explains how her own strengths were nurtured. 


Potty training

Toddler on potty

Everything you need to know: Tips on how to tell when your toddler's ready for potty-training, and how to go about the whole messy business - plus, getting your child to stay dry through the night.

Planning for summer?

Tent opening

If the brighter weather has you dreaming of summer holidays in the great outdoors, take a look at our reviews of campsites across the continent and in the UK. Or how about taking the kids along to a family-friendly festival?



Reasons to visit Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire

Mumsnet Local: Lincolnshire's coast is a perfect playground for the whole family – with acres of empty space, safe and gentle tides, beachside amusements and entertainment.

Potty training

Toddler on potty

Everything you need to know: Tips on how to tell when your toddler's ready for potty-training, and how to go about the whole messy business - plus, getting your child to stay dry through the night.


Book giveaway

The Murder Bag giveaway

We're giving away 50 copies of The Murder Bag, the first in a new gripping and explosive crime series from Man and Boy bestselling author Tony Parsons. Praised by Lee Child as: 'Spectacular! Tense but human', this is definitely not one to miss out on. 

Garden centres near you

Hand reaching for plants in pots

Mumsnet Local: If Easter put you in the mood for getting green-fingered, a garden centre is a good place to start, and can make an enjoyable trip for all the family. Our Local editors have rounded up the best where you are.


Heartbleed bug: what happened

Heartbleed password reset: Following the recent Heartbleed security breach, we reset all Mumsnet users' passwords on Saturday 12 April. Read through our blow-by-blow account of what happened, and find out what it all means for you.

Bookclub webchat

Americanah

Webchat: April book of the month Americanah is the third novel from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author of Orange Prize winner Half of a Yellow Sun. Chimamanda tackles the enormous subject of race with such vitality and intelligence that you speed through the pages enchanted in this epic love story. Post a Q for our webchat next Tues 29 April 9-10pm.


Unmarried couples: your legal rights

Silhouette of two parents two children

Understanding your legal position as an unmarried couple can be tricky, so we've teamed up with Slater & Gordon Lawyers to help sort the facts from the fiction.

Guest Campaign: Women Taking Action

Women Taking Action

Action for Children presents Women Taking Action: a collective of successful, influential and inspiring women taking a stand against child neglect.


 

 


Trying to conceive?

Ovulation

Thinking about having children? Guess what: you've come to the right place. Chart your fertile dates with our ovulation calendar, try the tips on our advice pages, and talk to others in the same boat on our conception boards

Pregnancy symptoms: are you?

morning sickness

Wondering whether to test? Take a look at the most common signs and symptoms of pregnancy -from sore breasts to weeping over TV adverts - and if you're still not sure, mull it over on our Pregnancy Talk board.


Baby names: your one-stop shop

Baby

Baby name finder: Racking your brains to come up with the perfect moniker? Discover what 'your' name means, how common it is and what Mumsnetters predict for your child's future.

Pregnancy calendar: conception to birth

Pregnancy

Week by week: From bundle of cells to bundle of joy, find out how your body and your baby are changing, in our calendar.