The Mumsnet Book of Animal Stories - out TODAY

Mumsnet Book of Animal Stories

The Mumsnet Book of Animal Stories, the result of our second story-writing competition with Walker Books, hits the shops today. The book's 10 stories - all by Mumsnetters - were chosen from more than 600 by a panel of judges chaired by former Children’s Laureate Anthony Browne - huge congratulations to the winners. We have 25 free copies up for grabs - find out more.

Women and the general election: "all to play for"

Party leaders

Mumsnet, Gransnet and Ipsos MORI conducted an in-depth study of women's voting intentions in the run-up to the 2015 general election - and found that the outcome is still very much in the balance. Take a look at the full results.

19 of the worst presents kids ever gave their parents

Presents

When one Mumsnetter asked, 'What's the worst present you got for your parents as a child?', nothing could have prepared us for the ensuing array of diverse and <ahem> resourceful crap gifts...


Changes to SEN legislation - what you need to know

Guest post and Q&A: Extensive changes have been made to Special Educational Needs provision in the UK. Barristers Natasha Joffe and Samantha Cooper explain the new laws, and on Friday at 1pm, charity exec Jane McConnell will answer your questions

'Midwives deserve fair treatment - so we're striking'

Guest post: On Monday, the Royal College of Midwives voted for strike action for the first time in their 133 year history. Here, their chief executive Cathy Warwick explains why - and how the strike will affect expectant mothers.



Family baking: how to do it

family baking

Food: Inspired by GBBO but daunted by the prospect of the school cake stall? From baking hacks and healthy bakes to Halloween recipes, we've got your oven-based conundrums covered.

Family eyecare: first specs

family eyecare

Health: Our all-new eyecare section will help you see clearly (sorry) when it comes to dealing with eye tests, kids' glasses and your own eyesight.


Baby names: your one-stop shop

Baby

Baby name finder: Still racking your brains for the perfect moniker? Consult our baby name finder for information, inspiration, and a before-it's-too-late objective view.

Halloween party ideas

halloween cupcakes

How to celebrate: Whether you've already planned your haunted house and have face paint and pumpkins ready to go, or you'd rather hide away from the ghastly holiday, we've tips for conjuring up the perfect Halloween.


Book giveaway: Don't Look Back

Don't Look Back

When a holiday of a lifetime turns into a nightmare, Evie is forced to find reserves of strength and ingenuity she never dreamt existed; or die trying. Don't Look Back is the nail-biting new thriller by Gregg Hurwitz.

Mumsnet Reviews: fridges and freezers

fridge

Fridge or freezer on its last legs? Before buying a new one, find out which come rated top by Mumsnetters, and share your own recommendations by adding a review.


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.

24 hours in...Lambeth

Got a day to spend in Lambeth? Our Local editor Nikki gives the inside track on a borough with its own windmill, quirky culture, and excellent transport links to boot.



Guest Campaign: Ask for Evidence

ask

Ever wondered if you can trust the claims made by companies, politicians, or even celebrities, in the media? Ask for Evidence empowers you to separate fact from misleading information.

Pregnancy symptoms

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.


Trying to conceive?

Ovulation

Thinking about having children? 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.

Family competitions: enter now

September's prizes include a family break to Holland, a £100 John Lewis voucher, three months of fruit and veg boxes and loads more.