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To wonder why people are on MN that arent parents

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TraineeBabyCatcher Sun 18-Nov-12 22:44:59

Parents of some variation, ie grandparents, step, those TTC etc
Or say, nannys and jobs such as those.

Not that they shouldn't be, just intrigued why you might be?

expatinscotland Sun 18-Nov-12 23:26:03

because . . . well, who cares? It's a huge site and I think the more who come on, the better.

LRDtheFeministDragon Sun 18-Nov-12 23:26:39

Me personally: I ended up here because a mate of mine was either pregnant or had a new baby (I've honestly forgotten when exactly this was!), and she found MN and found it hilarious bonkers. She didn't stick around but she told me it was very funny (in the laughing at, not laughing with, sense).

And I found you, and I found you very funny and lovely and wise, and I stuck around. smile

However, shedloads of people on MN are students because that can be quite solitary, so I know that's another reason people sometimes end up here.

TraineeBabyCatcher Sun 18-Nov-12 23:27:03

Not really new Anyfucker, maybe just that I haven't really looked much further than this part of mumsnet as I only come on on my phone and its a pain.

I wasn't criticizing anyone for doing so, I just couldnt think of why you might. Now I see there are actually hundreds of reasons

AnyFucker Sun 18-Nov-12 23:27:12

good decision, TDN smile

TheDarkestNight Sun 18-Nov-12 23:28:00

LRD, I'm a student, of sorts. I just like a natter.

GetorfsaMotherfuckingMorrisMan Sun 18-Nov-12 23:28:03

I like the fact that there are non parents on here.

I usually post abput other stuff than parenting to be honest.

HildaOgden Sun 18-Nov-12 23:28:31

I do have kids,but I tend to avoid most threads about parenting because I love nattering with other women,either in real life or online

MichelleRooJnr Sun 18-Nov-12 23:58:00

I originally joined MN when TTC.
After 4 failed IVFs it aint happening but I don't feel I need to leave.
There's loads on here that's not child related, and the stuff that is, well it's often about how hard it is which in all honesty I take heart from.
I'm very much excluded from a lot of RL. And although you might think MN is a strange place for a bitter infertile to hang out - go and have a look at what's available in forum land for people like me. Zilch. It's "Childfree and happy" where they bitch about parents all day or "Still TTC" where they focus on, well, ttc.
I want to chat to a mix of people who may or may not have kids but have LOTS else going on in their lives.
Aren't you ever interested in hearing the views of non-parents?

ErrorError Mon 19-Nov-12 00:07:45

I was a lurker for ages and signed up to post about a particular TTC issue. Have since split with partner but still like to come on here for the japes, plus every now and then a serious topic will catch my eye and I can spend hours over one thread. I turned 27 just 7 minutes ago, and have quite a few friends my age with babies and young kids, so I find MN useful to research their parenting styles (just out of interest) without having to ask them directly and look judgey. I know it's annoying when people with no kids tell people with kids how to parent. Also I do hope to have children one day, if that's fate's plan for me, so this is a valuable resource for when that time comes. smile

MardyBra Mon 19-Nov-12 00:14:56

Happy Birthday Error. thanks

Ullena Mon 19-Nov-12 00:30:27

Happy Birthday, ErrorError!

I joined as we are on the road to adoption and it's nice to be able to talk about that and ask for advice, etc. Then I got hooked onto AIBU...

ConfusedPixie Mon 19-Nov-12 00:33:01

I'm a nanny with no kids of my own. I joined MN after it was linked on nannyjob and ended up moving over to here really as I prefer the frank chat and AIBU!

ErrorError Mon 19-Nov-12 00:40:33

Thank you! Didn't mean to hijack thread with my birthday, but thought it was a bit relevant because I was feeling a bit emotional and philosophical this evening. (Emotional due to recent ending of 4 year relationship, and feeling a bit wobbly at the prospect of having to 'start all over again')

AIBU is my fave, and I occasionally pop into Chat. and when I'm bored/lonely I love to browse through Classics for a laugh.

kittyandthegoldenfontanelles Mon 19-Nov-12 00:44:08

I believe there are also men who listen to Woman's Hour


ErrorError Mon 19-Nov-12 00:48:25

I am also fond of CBeebies. Worried now that I'm not supposed to be watching it by myself!

kittyandthegoldenfontanelles Mon 19-Nov-12 00:59:00

If you are over 5 error, then no you shouldn't

kittyandthegoldenfontanelles Mon 19-Nov-12 01:02:19

Just saw your birthday post, error! Definitely shouldn't be watching cbeebies! Happy birthday!

squoosh Mon 19-Nov-12 01:18:21

Because they come to look in awe as someone tells a story about how their cherub was caught scooping poo out of his nappy and eating it.

Or they fancy Tom Hardy
Or they despise their MIL
Or they need to know how often people change their sheets
Or they like to talk about Samantha Brick
Or they are on the 5:2 diet
Or they get angry when H is pronounced Haitch
Or they don't approve of Halloween
Or they approve of Halloween
Or they read something annoying on facebook
Or their neighbour parks their car outside their house
Or they want to know if baby Blanche is now called Blanche
Or they really, really fancy Tom Hardy
Or they think Tom Hardy isn't a patch on Benedict Cumberbatch
Or they want to know if everyone showers every day
Or they want to know what the rash on their bum might be

ErrorError Mon 19-Nov-12 01:23:06

Haha! I started watching In the Night Garden because it was on when I visited a friend and her baby, then got a bit hooked blush That Baby Jake freaks me out a bit, but I love Mr Tumble and the other chap with the talking veg. Must stop!!!!!

I was just wondering (and this is slightly related to the OP, do people prefer the term childless or child-free?) I'd say I'm a child-free MNer, but hope that doesn't make me sound like I'm anti children. I don't think many people would be anti-kids if they were on MN anyway. Just a musing I had.

As you were. grin

BadLad Mon 19-Nov-12 01:26:41

Surfed in while looking for something else. Found some of the discussions interesting, so I continued reading.

Also I don't live in the UK but for my job I need to keep up with what people in the UK are discussing / thinking, and this site is one of the sources I use for that.

kittyandthegoldenfontanelles Mon 19-Nov-12 01:28:58

Ah, who is your favourite In the Night Garden character? Mine's makkka pakka. Doesn't iggle piggle look like David Cameron?

Did we ever find out about Blanche? Oh, Blanche....<wistful>

ErrorError Mon 19-Nov-12 01:35:28

I can never remember what they're called but I like the ones who live in mound that looks like it's made of twiglets inside (tombliboos?) but they're also a bit annoying because it takes them a whole episode to figure something out that would take normal people 30 seconds! LOL at iggle piggle/David Cameron! Yes!!

I do also enjoy the baby name threads... such as "What do people think of 'Eglantine'?", OP gets shot down and then she gets the hump because no-one agrees with her grin. If there is a baby Blanche thread I'm intrigued, please link if you find it!

squoosh Mon 19-Nov-12 01:37:47

Baby Blanche

kittyandthegoldenfontanelles Mon 19-Nov-12 01:40:37

Oh Blanche... I do hope you exist.

Twiglets grin

What plans for your birthday? Apart from reading up on Blanche of course.

ErrorError Mon 19-Nov-12 01:42:13

Thanks! Will read properly later, but just scanned through and noticed the OP did not update, how frustrating! Baby Blanche might be a couple of months old by now!

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