Family festival guide 2014

festival wellies

Now that Easter's over we're turning our thoughts to the Great British Summer which leads rather naturally to festivals. If you're thinking of going, be it for the first time, with children or pregnant (or both!) our 2014 Festival Guide has everything you need.

St George's Day recipes

beef wellington

It's St George's Day today (23 April), so we've got a stack of English recipes from around the country to inspire you - ginger beer or beef Wellington, anyone?

WorkFest 2014: book now!

Woman working

There's not long left to get your EarlyBird tickets for our second annual WorkFest. Speakers this year include Jo Malone and Emma Bridgewater. Returning to work after maternity, looking to switch jobs or start a business? Come!

#MNLifeHacks - life-changing tips


Warning: these life hacks have the power to change lives.* NEVER doubt the power of the Hive Mind.

*Or at the very least dramatically improve them.

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.

Changes to the family justice system

Couple counselling

In the news: Changes to the Children and Families Act, which come into force today, will make it mandatory for separating couples to attend a mediation meeting before taking disputes to court. The reforms also aim to speed up the process, particularly where vulnerable children are involved.

SATs survival guide


Got a child in Years 2 or 6 in England? Then you'll probably have the SATs on your radar. But if you're wondering exactly what the SATs are, why (or even if) they matter and how to prepare your child for them - we're on it. 

Mumsnet calls for end to HMRC's Bounty contract

Bounty mutiny

Bounty Mutiny campaign update: Mumsnet has written to Treasury Minister David Gauke MP asking him to cancel the government's contract with Bounty UK Ltd, paid £90,000 annually to distribute child benefit forms on maternity wards.

Earth Day: make a difference

eco products

In the wake of Tuesday's Earth Day, we found one way to help make a difference is to switch to more eco-friendly products when cleaning your home. Here Mumsnetters share their favourite green cleaning tips.

Reasons to visit 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.

'Why sleeping separately has been the best thing for my marriage'

Couple in bed

Guest post: Blogger Jennifer Adams - who has been sleeping apart from her husband for eight years - argues that sleeping in separate beds needn't indicate a loveless relationship, indeed it may actually be a sign of a very healthy one.

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?


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 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


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