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NEW WEBSITE FOR TEACHERS. Make sure your child's teacher knows about Teach Today, a new website launched this week. Specifically designed to help teachers manage the challenges presented by online and mobile technologies, such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and so on, it also addresses other crucial issues, from cyber bullying and privacy to health concerns, such as self-harm and sexual grooming.
Hello from MNHQ...
Where we've barely had to recover from the transatlantic swoonathon that was the Henry Winkler webchat before getting ready for Friday's Welsh schmoozeroo (1-2pm) with CBeebies star Chris Corcoran. Check out the video he's Doodle Do-ne for you lot already.
It's absolutely the last call for our 2009 Mumsnet Census. If you haven't already taken it (and whyever not, when there's Jogglers and theme-park passes and holidays all sorts up for grabs?), please do so pronto: we're itching to reveal the results.
Congratulations to our Aberdeen Local Tsarinas yummymummy4, isopogon and tsarfishy, who've won our Mumsnet Local Site of the Month poll. A parcel of Mama Mio Bootcamp for Tummies goodies will be winging their way to them shortly.
Now for this week's parenting news ...
'More prenatal support' call for parents of multiples: Two-thirds of parents of twins and multiple births are being denied access to vital advice that could make all the difference in dealing with two or more babies at once, says a poll from the charity Tamba (Twins and Multiple Births Association). It says post-natal depression, which is higher in mothers of multiples, and other problems could be reduced if parents-to-be were given properly tailored advice on how to stay healthy, how to avoid complications and how to breastfeed effectively. (BBC Online 05.07.09)
Britain 'disapproves' of breastfeeding: Nearly two in three mums believe Britain is not breastfeeding-friendly - and worries over how breastfeeding will be perceived by others puts them off trying, according to a survey by Mother & Baby magazine. Many readers surveyed cited how stressful it was to breastfeed in public; one said she was even asked to be more discreet at a mums and toddlers group because a husband was present. The survey comes as the government debates whether to introduce legislation protecting a mother's right to breastfeed babies aged under six months in a public place. (Independent on Sunday 05.07.09)
Other stories in brief
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Quote of the week
HenryWinkler swaps Fonz-like cool for fnar-fnar double entendre in an aside he may well come to regret: "I've never done Graham Norton. He seems like a lot of fun."
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Aitch's TV round-up: Monday Monday, Mon 13 July, ITV1, 9pm
"La-la, la la la la, Monday Monday, so good to me." <trills> And much as I'm surprised to report anything positive about an ITV1 comedy, this warm-hearted workplace drama is indeed good to us. The cast includes Faye Ripley (who I've always found over-rated but she is funny as a drunken Human Resources manager) and Holly Aird as a ball-busting Head Office type. Tom Ellis (who, according to MN's hardcore Dr Who fans, is At This Very Moment teaching Martha how to play doctors and nurses) provides the beefcake.
Blog of the week: Thunder
sayyesmummy treasures one of the better moments of a long, fraught day: "I try to brush aside feelings that I have really messed up this time. Then I remember when Big [ds1] heard the thunder. I loved picking him up and squeezing him and knowing he felt excited now instead of scared. We cuddled up and listened to the 'rumble grumbles' and he sucked his thumb and looked happy. I have to realise that 'mother' doesn’t equate to 'saint'. I'm just learning like the best of us."
Bursting to blog? Why not start your own?
Recipe of the week: Norklet's Quick Fish with a Twist
A simple but spicy one-pan dish that ticks loads of healthy-eating boxes without being too boring to bear. Tastes delish with all manner of seasonal fish, from cod to halibut to plaice.
Review this week's recipe here - or why not post one yourself?
That's all, we're off think of some smut-free questions for Chris Corcoran <pointed look over our pince-nez>.
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