"Cameron, Brown and Blair all had children while in Downing Street - why should it be one rule for dads and another for mums?"

Rachel Reeves at MNHQ

Webchat: After hitting the headlines for her plans to take maternity leave should Labour win the general election, Rachel Reeves MP joined us to answer Mumsnetters' questions. Catch up on what she had to say.

Jo Swinson answers questions on shared parental leave

Guest post and Q&A: Parents-to-be who'd like to take up shared parental leave when it kicks in on April 5 must tell their employers now, says Jo Swinson - catch up the answers she gave MNers about the scheme. 

"I'm telling the RSPB about you!"

...and other insults you'll only hear from a furious child. From dobbing you in to the RSPB, to uninviting you to their parties - children come up with the most imaginative ways to put grown-ups in their place. Here are 17 of the best.

"Amsterdam was a perfect city to explore a secretive world"

Webchat: Award-winning author Jessie Burton joined us last night to answer your questions about her debut novel, and our Book of the Month, The Miniaturist. See what she had to say.

"Dear Madonna - advice from a frequent faller"


Blog of the day: MN blogger and self-proclaimed 'perennial faller-over-er' L and L's Working Mum salutes Madonna's Brit Awards composure, and offers some face-saving tips to those who frequently take a tumble. 

Lunchbox: homemade Scotch eggs

scotch eggs recipe

Recipe: Make these Scotch eggs for the kids' lunchbox (or better still keep them all to yourself).

World Book Day: what to wear?

Norman the Slug with the Silly Shell costume

In a costume/character crisis? Take a look at our World Book Day guide for inspiration. And if you've pulled off brilliant - or desperate - costume feats in the past, share your wisdom with the rest of us!

Planning a holiday? Look a little closer to home

Travel: If you're in search of somewhere to take the family, don't overlook the glorious getaways right on your doorstep. Take your pick from Mumsnetters' top UK destinations for a great family break.

Got the itch?

Pregnancy: Itchy skin during pregnancy is common, but that doesn't make it any less uncomfortable - or worrying, if you're unsure of the cause. Read up on this expert advice for dealing with it.

MNers' top-ranking washing machines

Washing machine

Reviews: In need of a new washing machine? Whether you're thinking of going budget or luxury, find out which makes and models Mumsnetters rate highly - and share your own recommendations by adding a review.

Free books up for grabs this week

Behind Closed Doors

We've 50 copies of Behind Closed Doors to give away this week. When 14-year-old Sophie disappears one night, it looks at first as though she ran away. But as the investigation unfolds, a wealth of secrets start coming to light.

Amref Health Africa


Giving birth in sub-Saharan Africa is one of the most dangerous things a woman can do. Help Amref Health Africa train more midwives and prevent needless deaths.

Am I pregnant?

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 - or consult our Pregnancy Talk board.

Potty training your toddler

Get advice on helping your toddler make the transition from nappies to pants, without too many accidents. From how to know when your child is ready to getting through nights - with minimal stress.

Getting pregnant: advice and tips


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 exercise and wellbeing classes near you

Local: When you're pregnant, gentle exercise and wellbeing classes can be a great way to prepare for - and recover from - the big day. Our Local editors have rounded up the best where you are.