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Janiston Thu 22-Sep-11 13:56:33

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StewieGriffinsMom Thu 22-Sep-11 13:57:28

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InnocentRedhead Thu 22-Sep-11 13:59:06

It isn't just advice for non-mums though is it? I have being on MN for a while and I am not a mother (step mother though and Pg now) but I would find it useful even if this wasn't the case.

Not all forums are for parents (obviously things like education, parenting and potty training etc. are for parents specifically) But what about AIBU or CHAT or sleb twaddle. Why does it have to be specifically for parents when on a non parenting subject

MangoMonster Thu 22-Sep-11 13:59:18

In think because only a small section of the most popular areas are about having children. I wouldn't use mumsnet if it was only for the "mum" side of me.

LetThereBeRock Thu 22-Sep-11 13:59:31

This is why.

SpringHeeledJack Thu 22-Sep-11 14:00:30

I have three kids

I would roughly estimate my posts- historically- as being 7% about my kids and 93% not about my kids

squeakytoy Thu 22-Sep-11 14:00:57

I have no children.. I do have stepchildren though. smile Just like plenty of other women on here.

CauldronsTrulyReign Thu 22-Sep-11 14:02:11


ViviPru Thu 22-Sep-11 14:02:22

I don't have children. I have a vast menagerie of nieces, nephews, godchildren and I'm "Aunty ViviPru" to an ever growing army of friends' kids. I might have kids one day - I might not.

I like using forums and over the years have found a spiritual forum home in various places, and now my age, attitude, interests and outlook is most catered for here smile

loudee Thu 22-Sep-11 14:02:38

I don't have children yet... I joined originally looking for advice about childbirth fears but now look up loads of non parenting stuff like gardening and product reviews

AMumInScotland Thu 22-Sep-11 14:05:57

In no particular order -

Foster children
Other children in the family
Have lost children
Childminders, nannies, teachers

And people who found us while googling something and liked the style

Many areas aren't specifically about children anyway.

GrimmaTheNome Thu 22-Sep-11 14:05:59

I remember being very touched by a post from someone who hangs out on MN because she had crap parents and wants motherly advice.

DontGoCurly Thu 22-Sep-11 14:06:56

Because it's a fast moving forum with interesting topics on it.

Many other forums are specialist, MN covers a wide range of stuff.

And just because someone isn't officially a Mother doesn't mean they aren't interested in children/family life etc. They could be Aunties/StepMums etc!

Also they could be a refugee from another forum where they were stalked and feel safe here! <cough cough> grin

kat2504 Thu 22-Sep-11 14:07:46

I don't have any children yet. I tend to hang out on Conception/Pregnancy/Miscarriage depending on what stage of the journey to being a mum that I am on at the time. And get involved with pointless debates on AIBU when I ought to be doing something more productive.

ViviPru Thu 22-Sep-11 14:08:35

YANBU though - its an interesting question

Catsdontcare Thu 22-Sep-11 14:08:44

I would say that the name Mumsnet is rather misleading these days. I think of it as a forum where you happen to be able to get parenting advice too if you want it.

Honestly you don't even have to google anything these days as you can gaurantee a mumsnetter will know the answer.

Janiston Thu 22-Sep-11 14:09:07

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5inthebed Thu 22-Sep-11 14:10:03

Becoz sum ov us r kids so ner <sticks tongue out>

I have hidden all parenting related boards, yet still have loads of threads on most active. Mumsnet is more than just parenting.

naturalbaby Thu 22-Sep-11 14:11:27

i have wondered this in the past, and had no idea there were so many people using it who aren't parents, because it would never occur to me to use mumsnet until i was a mum myself. i didn't even think to look for a site like this when i was ttc, have missed out!

RumourOfAHurricane Thu 22-Sep-11 14:12:22

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batgirl67 Thu 22-Sep-11 14:12:42

I've been using Mumsnet for about 10 years, don't have kids, don't want kids. I found the site because my lovely nephew was being bullied at school, my sister was breaking her heart, and I went seraching for advice. Have not been able to tear myself away since, although rarely post.

I love AIBU/chat, adult fiction - have had advice re holidays , employment issues, products, love the art and craft threads. There is so much more to Mumsnet than being a mum.

LadyClariceCannockMonty Thu 22-Sep-11 14:13:40

I like it for the style advice and sleb letching gossip, among other things: the wolef-fleece stuff keeps me coming back too, as do the discussions about film, book, telly, theatre, food, AIBU and other people's mad mad families and friends

Janiston Thu 22-Sep-11 14:16:48

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