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Where we're just in time to shout, "Quick, over here!" It's your last chance to get your half-price copy of Emma Donoghue's Room, our rattlingly good Book of the Month (offer ends Friday 4 Feb). Snap yours up (if you haven't already) and join us for a natter – with Emma herself – on Wednesday 16 Feb (8-9pm).
Following recent press coverage, we're now working with Every Disabled Child Matters, to campaign for respite care for all families that need it. Do come and see how you can get involved.
We hope you've had a good shufty at our Mumsnet Best Awards 2011, a veritable panoply of products – from buggies to breadmakers and campsites to cookbooks – that Mumsnetters have rated the best
Up for a webchat next week (Tuesday 8 Feb, 12.30-1.30pm), we've nutritionist, dietitian and ace cook Jane Clarke. And we've just published the As to your Qs about using Nintendo games in schools.
Now for this week's parenting news...
Therapy in childhood 'key' to tackling mental illness: Children and teenagers who are showing signs of anxiety and depression are to be offered talking therapies, as part of the government's overhaul of mental healthcare. Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg says it's hoped this early intervention will stop children developing lifetime illnesses. Research suggests that half of all people who develop a lifetime mental health problem start to experience symptoms by age 14. (Guardian 03.02.11)
Home paternity-test kits on high street: Boots stores nationwide are to sell DNA-testing kits, allowing people to settle paternity disputes "with 99% accuracy" without outside help. The DIY kit costs £29.99, with an extra £129 to get the results back from the lab. Until now, "paternity packs" have only been available online and in a handful of independent pharmacies, and some experts have expressed concern that increasing availability could lead to more people using the tests without properly considering the implication the results may have on their family. (BBC News 01.02.11; join the discussion on Talk)
QUICK, FEBRUARY 8 IS INTERNET SAFETY DAY! There are lots of ways that you can help to make the internet safer for children, from becoming a fan on SafeInternet's Facebook page, to downloading a toolkit for your child's school.
Other stories in brief
Quote of the week: teej wins the worst-ever-thing-said-to-you-after-sex contest with her (obviously ex) boyfriend's: "Of course, I'd rather marry a virgin."
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Aitch's TV round-up: Outcasts, Monday 7 February, BBC1, 9pm
Oh my lordy lord, this could be hideous and yet I bring it to your attention because... it could be great. It's created by the guy behind Spooks, and it's not even set on Earth, which is thrilling (as well as potentially challenging to the locations dept; cue actors scrabbling around old Welsh slate mines à la Blake's 7). Ashley Walters and Hermione Norris are the Outcasts of the title, leaders of a ragtag bunch of, oh, I don't know, loonbags who seem to have found themselves on the planet of Carpathia and are apparently trying to 'avoid the mistakes' they made in their old lives. Yuh, like that'll work...
Discuss this show (and others) on our Telly Addicts Talk board.
Recipe of the week: Anon's Macaroni cheese with vegetables
A comforting classic with an extra veg twist. Less rib-stickingly rich, too, with stock replacing some of the milk in the cheese sauce.
You can review this recipe here - or why not upload one of your own?
That's all from us. We're off to raise a toast to our new wine-glass emoticon ...
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