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

Temple Grandin

Guest post: Temple Grandin is a doctor of animal science, a professor at Colorado State University, an author - and one of the world's most famous autistic adults. Here, she explains how her own strengths were nurtured, and 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 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.

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!

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


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.

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. 

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


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?


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.