Mumsnet Bookfest - treat your kids to a literary extravaganza!

We're delighted to announce exciting new events for kids at Mumsnet Bookfest on Saturday 25 June at King's Cross. Meet best-selling authors, including Liz Pichon, Holly Webb and Andy Stanton, or join the fun at our Wimpy Kid and Harry Potter shows.

Family-friendly pubs, cafés and restaurants in your area

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Thinking of eating out over the long weekend? Here's our round-up of the top places to take the kids.

Children's books that make you weep

Guess how much I love you

To celebrate the launch of some fabulous children's events at Bookfest, we bring you the kids' books that will move you to tears…

"As a disabled actor wanting to play Juliet, I had to rewrite the script"

Disabled actor

Guest post: Casting decisions are usually based, in part, on appearance – but Storme Troolis says it's time for the stage and the screen to better reflect real life.

Hidden polka dot cake

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Fancy trying your hand at this three-tier cake tower of chocolatey goodness? It's easier than you might think…

11 convenience foods you'll wish you'd known about earlier

Supermarket aisle

Food: Got neither the time nor the inclination to spend hours in the kitchen? Us neither. Here's how to cut corners while cooking and get away with it.

"My son's diagnosis is the first of its kind – it's exhilarating and terrifying"

Mother and son

Guest post: To mark Undiagnosed Children's Day on 29 April, Elizabeth Dimelow says not having a prognosis for her son's unique condition means she has to fight for his quality of life.

Workfest 2016: the countdown has begun


There's two weeks to go until Workfest 2016 – just enough time to grab a last-minute ticket. If you're returning to work, changing career, or just looking to spruce up your professional skills, we're here to hold your hand…


10 telltale signs you have a toddler


Parenting: Do you talk to stuffed toys and find crumbs in the strangest of places? You're not alone. Mumsnetters share the defining traits of toddler parenting.

How to host a teddy bears' picnic birthday party

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Everything you need to keep your little ones and their beloved bears entertained – plus tips for the perfect picnic-themed party food, party bags and decorations.

Book giveaway: Emotional Agility by Susan David


Books: This week we are giving away 50 free copies of Emotional Agility by Susan David. This potentially life-changing book can teach you to face your emotions with acceptance and generosity.

Potty training without panic


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

Have modern mums really lost the plot?

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Strict routines and buggies the size of 4×4 cars – over on Gransnet they're asking, have modern mums lost the plot?

Undiagnosed Children's Day


Guest campaign: Guest campaign: SWAN UK (syndromes without a name) is launching its Big Ambition: to ensure that every family affected by a syndrome without a name has the support they need.

Competitions: what can you win?


April's fabulous prizes include a year's supply of breakfast cereal, a Kindle, and much more, from family holiday prize bundles to magazine subscriptions.

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.

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.