Beat first term fears with the best books for starting school

Primary education: With the start of the school year a mere month away, nerves for new pupils – and parents – are normal. We've rounded up the best books to get everyone prepared for what's in store.


Come and chat to Jonathan Freedland

Jonathan Freedland

Webchat: Award-winning journalist and bestselling author Jonathan Freedland will be joining us on Thursday 6 August from 1-2pm to talk about his latest book, The 3rd Woman. Post your questions now.

My big fat Mumsnet wedding

Bride

Weddings: Getting hitched this summer? Or heading to a wedding as a guest? From bridezilla avoidance to wedding guest etiquette, Mumsnet's matrimonial cribsheet has you covered.



Politicians' best answers to the Mumsnet biscuit question

Gordon Brown biscuits

Politics: When politicians take part in Mumsnet webchats, they're careful not to repeat Gordon Brown's mistake in dodging the biscuit question. We've rounded up some of the best answers.

Smooth operator: 17 game-changing smoothie ideas

Watermelon smoothie

Recipes: As a way to sneak fruit and veg into your children's diet, smoothies are unbeatable. And with all manner of healthy produce in season right now, it's even easier to be inspired.





Pregnant? Come to Bumpfest!

Pregnant women

Events: Whether you're a first-timer or just feeling a bit rusty since your last baby, Bumpfest will bring you up to speed in just one day! Join us on Saturday 26 September – tickets are only £35, or £60 for two.

Living with psoriasis: "I'm finally confident in my own skin"

Woman itching arm

Guest post: Psoriasis affected Rena Ramani's self-esteem so badly she contemplated suicide – but since regaining her confidence she is determined to help others affected by the condition do the same.



Holy grail? How to work from home

Office workers

Careers: Looking for a job that'll allow you to earn money without having to be in an office? Mumsnetters share their tips on finding a job where you can work from home.

Jacqueline Wilson rewrites What Katy Did

Menopause

This week on Gransnet: We've 50 copies to give away of Katy, Jacqueline Wilson's modern take on the classic What Katy Did. And for smaller ones, 50 copies of Kitchen Disco by Clare Foges and Al Murphy.



Win at picnics with our easy-peasy arancini

Royal Wedding

Video: Leftover risotto in the fridge? These deep-fried balls of carby goodness stuffed with mozzarella and a herby tomato sauce are a great way to use them up – and perfect for picnics.

FREE books up for grabs

Barbecue

Giveaway: Looking for a last-minute holiday read? We're giving away 50 copies of The Kelly Sisters by bestselling author (and queen of the saga) Maureen Lee.



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

Pregnant woman

From bundle of cells to bundle of joy, find out how your body and baby are changing with our calendar.





Baby names: Moon Unit or plain Jane?

Baby names

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...

Potty

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.

Angels Welly Beat Dance Challenge

Red woman

Guest campaign: Angels has created a pop-up school for street children in South Africa and, along with CBeebies star Andy Day, they want to get you dancing in your wellies for their campaign.