The cost of childcare is preventing women returning to work

New research has found that, for 29% of women and 14% of men, it's not financially viable to return to work after having a child. If you're struggling to balance the books, start with our guide to making the right choice for your family.

Eggs-actly the recipes you've been looking for


Food: It's British Egg Week doncha know, so what better time to crack out some delicious egg recipes? From shakshuka to frittatas – you won't be able to get en-ouef.

How to help your child get the most out of their work experience

Work experience

Teens: Work experience is the chance for teens to dip their toe in the sea of adult life. Here's how to offer a guiding hand – from giving them the confidence to aim high, to coping with rejection letters.

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.

10 tips for teaching children to read

Learning to read

Education: Nancie Atwell, winner of the Global Teacher Prize, shares some simple suggestions for developing children's reading skills and a love of literature.

We're making a list, we're checking it twice...

Secret Santa

… but we need YOU to tell us which Mumsnetter is nice. Nominate someone for the Mumsnet Secret Santa to give them a festive treat they'll never forget. (NB all MNers are nice, obviously).

"Charging for plastic bags should be just the start"

smoking in cars

Guest post: The introduction of a 5p charge for plastic bags could be just the push consumers in England need to change their habits, writes MN Blogger Zoe Morrison.

Explore Hackney: the greenest borough in London

children's rugby

Mumsnet Local: Hackney has become an urban landscape full of unique places to visit (cat cafe, anyone?) – here's our Local editor's pick of where to go and what to see.

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.

Bake it Better

Bake it Better cake

Guest Campaign: Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity is asking budding bakers across the UK to host a bake sale during Bake it Better week (19-25 October 2015).

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.