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Where our Let Girls be Girls campaign is gathering pace. So far, Asda, House of Fraser, Boden and Mothercare have all pledged only to sell products that don't play upon, exploit or emphasise children's sexuality. We're still waiting to hear from quite a few other retailers; do keep telling them (and us) what you think.

And in the Mumsnet Election (arf), the first blogs are in from the Mumsnet marginals. If you live in a marginal seat and fancy blogging about the political jostles on your doorstep, do let us know.

If you've haven't yet read Brooklyn, our brilliant (and reassuringly compact) Book of the Month, you've just time to grab a copy and whizz through it before our Book Club discussion on Tuesday 27th (8pm) – we're hoping author Colm Toibin will join us.

Now for this week's parenting news...

Party manifestos include 'family' pledges: As the main political parties launched their election manifestos this week, the Conservatives pledged to introduce tax breaks for married couples and to 'refocus' Sure Start on the poorest families. Labour pledges include a new toddler tax credit worth £4 a week, a protected budget for 3,500 Sure Start centres and a month off work for new dads. The Lib Dems pledged flexible working for all, time off work for dads to attend antenatal visits, and shared parental leave for 18 months. (Guardian 12.04.10, 13.04.10 and 14.04.10; read more on the party manifestos on Mumsnet's Election 2010 pages) 

Primark withdraws padded bikinis for girls: Clothing chain Primark has withdrawn from sale its range of padded bikini tops for girls as young as seven following widespread criticism. The company apologised to customers for "causing offence" and said it would donate profits to a children's charity. Mumsnet's Justine Roberts welcomed Primark's decision, saying it was a shame the bikini sets were ever on sale. As part of their Let Girls Be Girls campaign, Mumsnet is asking retailers to pledge not to sell products that prematurely sexualise children. (BBC News 14.04.10)

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Quote of the week: Skegness completely rewrites her to-do list after hearing David Cameron on his "we're all in this together" election soapbox:
 "1. Work all hours to pay mortgage and bills
  2. Set up and run new GP surgery
  3. Tidy up
  4. Set up and run secondary school for older children
  5. Make dinner
  6. Create affordable and fantastic childcare for baby
  7. Feed cats
  8. Set up and run new leisure centre
  9. Visit family and friends
10. Return library books (local library not much kop, actually; perhaps will set up and run an
      alternative in due course)
11. Set up and run dental surgery
12. Set up and run primary school for when baby leaves affordable and fantastic childcare
13. Food shopping (perhaps from community shop that I set up and run?)
14. Set up and run further-education college for when older children leave school
15. Invent truly lightweight parent-facing buggy
16. Redecorate house..."

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Aitch's TV round-up: Louis Theroux: America's Medicated Kids, BBC2, Sun 18 April, 9pm
I lost a lot of love for Louis when he had his tummy fat sucked out on my licence dime but I can't deny there is something appealing about his lanky passive-aggressive Englishness. Here he is, back in the US and, this time, he's doing it for the kids whose parents seem unable to deal with plain bad behaviour without drugging their little darlings into oblivion.
Discuss this show (and others) in our Telly Addicts Talk forum.

Recipe of the week: Anon's slow-cooked lemony lamb
Meltingly tender spring-is-sprung lamb dish. Fling in the oven and leave to its own juicy devices, while you tiptoe through the tulips <overdoes the spring clichés>
You can review this week's recipe here - or why not post one yourself?

That's all. We're off to see if Skegness can fit in a spot of blogging in her spare time...
Love, MNHQ

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