How to get your kids to open up about school

Education: Kids refusing to tell you anything about what happened at school? Fed up of with only getting “I dunno” in response to your inquiries? It's all a question of tactics – let Mumsnetters show you how it's done…

Gransnet's advice? Have more sex


Sage Gransnetters have pooled their collective life experience, and come up with some advice they wish they could have given their younger selves. Take heed.

"The sad fact is that happiness is seldom dramatic"

Jonathan Franzen

Webchat: Jonathan Franzen came on to Mumsnet to talk about his latest novel, Purity. Find out what he had to say on feminism, our online culture, gun control, and fairy tales.

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 collaboration: which recipe triumphed?

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Video: We asked YOU which recipe you’d like to see top chef Lorraine Pascale dish up from her new book, Eating Well Made Easy. Watch the video to find out which dish came out on top.

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…

Smoking in cars: "The ban is essential to protect children"

smoking in cars

Guest post: As of October 1, smoking in cars carrying children is illegal – here, Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies urges parents to abide by the law for the safety of their children.

Get kids to give rugby a try!

children's rugby

Has the World Cup given your DC rugby fever? Find clubs, classes and events across the UK, recommended by our Local editors – perfect for budding Chris Robshaws.

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.

World's Largest Lesson

World's Largest Lesson

Guest Campaign: The World’s Largest Lesson calls on parents and teachers everywhere to make sure every child finds out about the new UN Global Goals this week.

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.