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COME AND WALK WITH LEMURS! The UK's largest walk-through lemur exhibit now open at West Midland Safari Park. Located in natural woodland, Walking With Lemurs is home to three species – all native to Madagascar and now all totally free-range at the Park.
Hello from Mumsnet Towers...
Where we're counting down the days to next week's publication of The Mumsnet Rules. Check out this weekend's Sunday Times for another sneaky preview.
If you like your rules awesomely strict (or think Lax Parenting is awesomely underrated), don't miss our live chat with Amy 'Tiger Mother' Chua (Tuesday 7 June, 1-2pm). And do grab your copy of our June Book Club pick Started Early, Took My Dog – we've 50 copies to give away for free – ahead of our chat with author Kate Atkinson (Wednesday 22 June, 8-9pm).
The As to your Qs about weaning babies and motivating teens are now in. And there's still time to post Qs on talking to kids about sex and taking out life insurance. Oh, and big congratulations to little Rebecca, the winner of our Face of Disney Store competition.
Now for this week's parenting news...
Anti-abortion group to advise government on sexual health: The pro-abstinence, anti-abortion charity Life has been appointed to the government's new sexual-health forum, while the British Pregnancy Advisory Service has not. "We are delighted to be invited into the group," says Life's Stuart Cowie, "representing views that have not always been around on similar tables in the past." (Guardian 24.05.11; join the discussion on Talk)
School 'truancy' hits an all-time high: The number of unauthorised absences from English state schools has reached its highest in the five years since termly data has been collected. The rise is thought to be mainly driven by unauthorised absences from primary schools, as an increasing number of families take term-time holidays not agreed by the school. (BBC News 25.05.11)
SKY IS WORKING WITH MUMSNETTERS to show how Sky+ could help make family life a little bit easier. See what Mumsnet product-testers think, what our very own Aitch has to say on some of the latest shows, and be in with a chance to WIN Sky TV for a year, plus a brand new HDTV!
Other stories in brief
Quote of the week: ibbydibby fears her birds-and-the-bees talk didn't quite cover all the bases: "Told DS1 the basics when he was five or six. His poor little eyes nearly popped out of his head. And then he said, 'Will you be able to help me the first time I do it, mum?' Er, no..."
Check out the great prizes in our May competitions. Here's what you could win:
Don't forget to keep an eye on winners' corner to see if your name comes out of the hat...
LIGHT A BIRTHDAY CANDLE ONLINE. Did you know that there are thousands of children in institutions who don't know when their birthdays are? Please Light a Birthday Candle online or organise tea-and-cake parties with your kids to raise vital funds for these children.
Aitch's TV round-up: Scott & Bailey, Sunday 29 May, ITV, 9pm
Looky what we have here: Suranne Jones and Lesley Sharp, two of Britain's finest television actresses, side by side and chasing baddies. And, for Dr Who fans, full geek nirvana is achieved by having both the Tardis and Sky Silvestry as partners in/against crime. It's highly enjoyable stuff, nicely acted, undemandingly written by the highly-talented Sally Wainwright, with a supporting cast that includes Rupert Graves and Amelia Bullmore. It really is the perfect Sunday night telly experience...
Discuss this show (and others) on our Telly Addicts Talk board.
Recipe of the week: mollyroger's lamb and couscous burgers
Super-quick, super-kid-pleasing supper. Said kids will probably love being pattie-squishing sous chefs, if your culinary stress levels can take it.
You can review this recipe here - or why not upload one of your own?
That's all from us. We're off for a half-term break. See you in a fortnight...
FUN HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN! Summer day camps for children aged four-and-a-half to 16. Visit www.barracudas.co.uk for list of 28 locations. Enter 'MN11' into the promotions box online to receive an extra £10 off your booking. Offer valid until 10 June 2011.
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