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What is the USA equivalent of Mumsnet?

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WestleyAndButtockUp Wed 05-Jan-11 06:07:43

My impression is that Mumsnet is the 'market leader' in the UK: gets referred to on Have I Got News For You, quoted (and ripped off) constantly in newspapers etc etc.

Then Netmums is second, is that correct?

Anyway, is there a USA equivalent of Mumsnet? Or is the country too large, and there's only state-by-state, or regional-focused, parenting websites?

Tee2072 Wed 05-Jan-11 06:09:43

There are tons of US parenting websites but I do not think any of them are as powerful as MN is in the UK. Yes, probably due to the size of the US and the diversity.

I am not even aware of any state by state ones but I did not have children when I lived in the US. I just know that no parenting websites are ever referenced in the news etc the way MN is in the UK.

WestleyAndButtockUp Wed 05-Jan-11 08:11:37

So what are some of the main ones. Are there any that my friends in the USA would definitely know the name of, even if they don't use them?

And are they similar to Mumsnet in that parenting is only one aspect to it: there's plenty of room for heartbreak and for talking bollocks as well?

Tee2072 Wed 05-Jan-11 08:30:49

I think most of them are multi-aspect. Delphi has several different ones that cover various parenting issues including ones that are like MN in that they are parenting and general chat.

I can't think of one that is as well known over there as MN is over here, though.

BelfastBloke Wed 05-Jan-11 15:30:04

Bumping out of curiosity, now that the East coast of America has begun their Wednesday.

sarah293 Wed 05-Jan-11 15:41:50

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GrimmaTheNome Wed 05-Jan-11 15:47:43

I used to participate in some iVillage forums (I think it was iVillage) - some parenting, some religion debates, flavour not too different to some of what we get here though IIRC less sweary and earthy.

OhBuggerandArse Wed 05-Jan-11 15:54:33

Altdotlife has some of the breadth of discussion, but I wouldn't say it has the clout, and they're all a bit neurotic.

Tee2072 Wed 05-Jan-11 16:06:03

IVillage was bought out by Delphi, actually.

Some are worse, Riven!

KittyScruff Thu 27-Sep-12 20:29:59

Hi - my mate in LA is struggling with good affordable daycare - does anyone have any updates on MN type of communities in the US where she can ask fellow working parents?

NatashaBee Thu 27-Sep-12 21:04:05

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UnexpectedItemInShaggingArea Thu 27-Sep-12 21:07:07

My sister is on JP Moms. She thinks it's a bit "crunchy" ( i.e. populated by granola-eating new agers).

UnexpectedItemInShaggingArea Thu 27-Sep-12 21:08:44

Sorry, meant to say JP Moms is in Boston.

Autumnalis Thu 27-Sep-12 21:38:14

Mothering.com - a bit 'earnest' but you may like that sort of thing. Just don't expect a laugh.

SrirachaGirl Thu 27-Sep-12 21:45:54

I don't think there is one. I live in Canada and the closest thing we have are the forums on one our National parenting magazine's websites. It is populated by humourless dullards. You can't swear or give people biscuits or admit to enjoying a glass of wine or three of an evening. I don't like to think what would happen if you told someone they were being unreasonable...I suspect that the site would crash grin.

lljkk Thu 27-Sep-12 21:53:35

Don't expect a laugh is so true.
Mothering.com is full of weirdos (saying that as I am probably one, too).
MN is SO NOT a Granola place. Some of you are lentil weavers, but few are truly "crunchy" (I loathe granola being called crunchy, btw, it's just so wrong).
Viruses don't cause illness, but wrong diet does (typical sort of statement made, not challenged, debate is not allowed anyway)
You are seriously screwed up if you don't want to HE your kid.
Stone Age Diet afficionados.
Mothers are referred to as "Mamas"
No swearing
The Car Seat topic only has posts from RF zealots, bragging how they'll keep their child RF past 8th birthday if possible & just no other perspective or way of doing carseats acknowledged mind MN is going that way, too
No discussion allowed about living persons, not even dead ones most of the time
UP is quite popular
MDC at least has tribal areas, can be good for local tips, links.
And in some ways it's nice that tolerance is so forced, you can be extremely weird there & nobody snurks at you about it.

There used to be "MomsWhoThink" which was as close as you could get to MN type intellectual outlook, but I don't think it exists anymore(?). They say UrbanBaby (NYC site only) is most similar to MN in sarky tone.

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