'The moment I knew I had to give up drinking'

Alcohol Awareness Week: Read Mumsnet blogger A Hangover Free Life's post on being drunk in front of her children - and why society needs to take sobriety seriously. Plus guidance from charity Alcohol Concern and the Mumsnet Talk boards on fostering healthy attitudes towards alcohol with your teens.

Prep your Christmas pud: Stir-up Sunday recipes

smas pudding

Stir-up Sunday is this weekend. Be prepared with our selection of Christmas pudding recipes, plus tips from Mumsnetters on stirring, steaming and serving up the best puddings.

Top Christmas presents for picky teens


Hard-to-please teenager in your house? We've scoured the internet for a selection of gifts to amaze and delight the fussiest of teens this Christmas.

13 cunning kitchen cleaning hacks


Mumsnet hacks: Fed up of wasting valuable hours cleaning up kitchen chaos? These tips and tricks from MNers will bring you great joy.

Bullying: 'no one deserves to feel as low as I did'

Guest post: To mark the end of Anti-bullying Week, teenager Sophie Finnigan - who was bullied at school - tells her story, and urges us to teach our teens to stand up for each other.

Mumsnet Family Friendly Award winners 2014


Congratulations to all the companies who received their well-earned gongs at our ceremony this week, celebrating the companies making life easier for UK families.

"In the olden days, milk came from cows"

funny cowq

Did you know that eating broccoli is an environmental crime? Or that spaghetti is harvested from camels? Behold: the origins of food, as recounted by Mumsnetters' kids

Mumsnet Reviews: child bikes

Child on bike in winter

Ah the unbridled joy of receiving a bike on Christmas Day. If you're shopping for one, find out which makes and models Mumsnetters rate - and share your own recommendations by adding a review.

White van man, motherhood - and penis beaker


Comedy: Lucy Porter's very funny Blogfest keynote on finding self-confidence - via the milestones of motherhood, Penis Beaker, and standing up to White Van Man.

Art galleries for children

child at art gallery

Local: In the dark winter months do you find yourself searching for exciting new places to visit under cover? Here's why art galleries can be a fun day out for all the family.

Guest Campaign: PEAS


Promoting Equality in African Schools (PEAS) provides
life-changing secondary educational opportunities to marginalised children in Africa. With your help, they can give even more children the chance of a brighter future.

Ebola Crisis Appeal


Ebola Appeal: Last week, the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) launched a campaign to help those affected by the Ebola Crisis. MNHQ is supporting the campaign by offering free ad space across the site - find out more.

24 hours in... Tower Hamlets

Local: Spend a day in the busy borough of Tower Hamlets and discover some of London's hidden gems, including markets and museums the whole family can enjoy.

100 books up for grabs

Looking for a new book to get stuck into? We're giving away 50 copies of the heart-wrenching true story Nowhere to Go by Casey Watson as well as 50 copies of the beautifully written Things We Couldn't Explain by Betsy Tobin.

Family competitions: enter now

November's prizes include a £100 spa voucher, Hobbycraft vouchers, Louise Galvin haircare products, £500 worth of vouchers of your choice and loads more.

Pregnancy symptoms

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 - and if you're still not sure, mull it over on our Pregnancy Talk board.

Trying to conceive?


Thinking about having children? 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.