The cost of childcare is preventing women returning to work

New research has found that, for 29% of women and 14% of men, it's not financially viable to return to work after having a child. If you're struggling to balance the books, start with our guide to making the right choice for your family.

Marvellous microwave meringues


It's no yolk – you really can make delicious light meringues in the microwave. All you need is an egg and some icing sugar, so get cracking (literally).

How to help your child get the most out of their work experience

Work experience

Teens: Work experience is the chance for teens to dip their toe in the sea of adult life. Here's how to offer a guiding hand – from giving them the confidence to aim high, to coping with rejection letters.

These boots were made for winter

winter boots

Style & Beauty: Stomp your way through the colder months impervious to the elements – and looking glamorous to boot (arf) – with Mumsnetters' pick of the best winter footwear.

Lorraine Pascale's vegan chocolate brownies

Lorraine Pascale brownies

Video: Lorraine Pascale shows us how to whip up glorious gluten free and refined sugar free brownies. No baking – simply blitz, chill and indulge.

Deck the halls: the Mumsnet Secret Santa is BACK

Secret Santa

Whether you know a Mumsnetter who deserves some festive magic, or want to donate a gift to spread some joy – get stuck into the Mumsnet Secret Santa. It's the most wonderful time of the year…

"Charging for plastic bags should be just the start"

smoking in cars

Guest post: The introduction of a 5p charge for plastic bags could be just the push consumers in England need to change their habits, writes MN Blogger Zoe Morrison.

Explore Hackney: the greenest borough in London

children's rugby

Mumsnet Local: Hackney has become an urban landscape full of unique places to visit (cat cafe, anyone?) – here's our Local editor's pick of where to go and what to see.

Have baby, still travel

on the move

Reviews: Getting out and about weighed down with sprogs can be tricky. Luckily our reviews section will help you find the perfect travel system so you can feel like Columbus and Mary Poppins rolled into one.

Bake it Better

Bake it Better cake

Guest Campaign: Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity is asking budding bakers across the UK to host a bake sale during Bake it Better week (19-25 October 2015).

Nailing the working mum morning routine

Office workers

Careers: Trying to leave the house on time in the morning once you have kids can be a nightmare. Here's how to make that part of the day work for you and your family.

Sex and the menopause

sex menopause

Over on Gransnet: Going through the menopause doesn't mean your sex life has to suffer. And tell your mum to sign up to Gransnet. She'll get loads of tips about being a brilliant gran (plus the chance to win prizes including iPads and £500 Hoovers.

Pregnancy calendar: week-by-week from conception to birth

Pregnant woman

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

Baby names: Moon Unit or plain Jane?

Baby names

Naming baby: Stumped for monickers? Fending off in-law suggestions to name your child after Great Aunt Hildegard? You need our patented Baby Name Finder…

Potty training? Take heart...


Mumsnetters have heaps of advice on helping your toddler make the transition from nappies to pants with minimal stress.

Getting pregnant: advice and tips

Ovulation chart

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.