Note: Please bear in mind that whilst this topic does canvass opinions, it is not a fight club. You may disagree with other posters but we do ask you please to stick to our Talk Guidelines and to be civil. We don't allow personal attacks or troll-hunting. Do please report any. Thanks, MNHQ.

To wonder why people are on MN that arent parents

(122 Posts)
TraineeBabyCatcher Sun 18-Nov-12 22:44:59

Parents of some variation, ie grandparents, step, those TTC etc
Or say, nannys and jobs such as those.

Not that they shouldn't be, just intrigued why you might be?

Because there's a huge amount of support and information on all kinds of subjects that are nothing to do with parenting; mental health, relationships, food, dogs etc.
It's a huge website, makes sense to come here smile

Gumby Sun 18-Nov-12 22:48:23

Because people get lonely

PinkMacaroon Sun 18-Nov-12 22:49:08

This comes up regularly.

I have god children and siblings. I can't have children but it doesn't mean that I'm not interested in other people's experiences or want to read all of the other topics which aren't specifically related to children and being a parent.

BoakFace Sun 18-Nov-12 22:50:14

It's entertaining grin

cheesesarnie Sun 18-Nov-12 22:50:18

why shouldn't they?

TraineeBabyCatcher Sun 18-Nov-12 22:51:06

There is shock.

That's a good point, to be fair I love AIBU, mostly the stuff not about kids so I guess if they don't have this anywhere else, you might come on for this.
I don't venture any further than AIBU because I can't be bothered with the effort it takes on my phone

WorraLiberty Sun 18-Nov-12 22:51:17

Because at a guess I'd say well over 50% of the conversations have nothing to do with children or being a parent.

There's relationship support, addiction support, slimming support, TTC support...the list is endless.

LessMissAbs Sun 18-Nov-12 22:51:56

Perhaps because they have, or have had at some point in their lives, a mum?

Sunscorch Sun 18-Nov-12 22:52:19

Forgive me if I'm wrong, but are you implying that step-parents aren't parents?

CharlieCoCo Sun 18-Nov-12 22:53:11

Im a nanny but without kids. Im on here because i was linked to it on another site, to the AIBU page. I became hooked on it and it took me a while to realise their were other topics on here lol. I go on the baby name page too just because i love names-and have opinions on if you have chosen a good name for your baby or not wink

independentfriend Sun 18-Nov-12 22:54:23

Because it's nice/useful to be reminded of the hard stuff about parenting whilst dealing with enormous broodiness.

Sallyingforth Sun 18-Nov-12 22:54:23

Hi OP!

I'm not a parent. But I hope to be one before too long and I'd like to learn something about the job first.

Does that answer your question?

TraineeBabyCatcher Sun 18-Nov-12 22:54:53

No I'm not sun I was just trying my make my point clear that I didn't just mean birth parents.

Thanks everyone, I guess seen as I haven't looked much further than here, then there is a lot I haven't seen/not aware of.

GreenyEyes Sun 18-Nov-12 22:55:49

I have three children but I'd say about 5% of my posts mention them.

I seem to talk about serial killers mostly nowadays, which is worrying.

MonthlyName Sun 18-Nov-12 22:56:58

* Sun scorch* I didn't read it that way, I read it as understanding you would use mn if you parented in some way I.e. step or were ttc

Sunscorch Sun 18-Nov-12 22:57:11

Well, colour me confused.

TwllBach Sun 18-Nov-12 22:57:37

I found my way here when I was googling something for an assignment on my teacher training course. Then I read some threads on classics and laughed till I cried, then I had a miscarriage and just cried. Then I had another and MN were wonderful, and most recently I ended a six year relationship, aided by MNers.

MonthlyName Sun 18-Nov-12 22:58:19

X post with the op
I'm in the ttc camp and trying to learn as much as I can before my brain turns to mush with baby tiredness when it finally happens

RobinSparkles Sun 18-Nov-12 22:58:40

They probably googled something, it brought them here and they realised how knowledgeable and fabulous MNers are.

That's how I got sucked in!

Most of the threads are nowt to do with being a mum are they?

stookiesackhouse Sun 18-Nov-12 23:01:34

I kept coming across MN Talk when googling tv reviews and cat/kitten stuff and got hooked on aibu and then active conversations smile I got brilliant support on here when my relationship broke down earlier this year.

I think MN is a great community, a brilliant resource - and very entertaining grin

It's not just for mums here is it?

AnyFucker Sun 18-Nov-12 23:03:04

I do have kids but I hardly ever talk about them on here

I also have a husband who is barely mentioned

Because I don't socially interact much in life other than with three professionals who are paid to talk to me.

I flit between here and one other forum and it's the only form of social interaction I get - it's rather sad, but that's the gist of it really.

The other forum is primarily aimed at young adults who generally do not deal with the things I do in my life and so this is a place where I know people have on average more life experience and will be able to talk to me.

Mumsnet is also probably one of the busiest forums in the UK at least which makes it a good place to be.

Meaning I get social interaction out of here and it makes me feel less lonely and somewhere to turn to when needing help etc.

StuntGirl Sun 18-Nov-12 23:05:11

I googled the recipe to Nigella's bourbon glazed ribs because I was too lazy to go downstairs and get the book and ended up here, and never left. That ok with you OP? grin

Join the discussion

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now