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grannycrackers Mon 26-Feb-07 11:44:58

i have only been a mumsnetter for a few months and even 'though i've had five children, a grandchild and even done some work as a nanny, i have learned such a lot. it is wonderful that there is a free forum like this for people to share ideas.

personally, i have found out that by raising the top end of my three year old daughter's bed we have stopped her getting tummy aches at night. she used to have feeding problems as a baby but we thought she'd got over it, and we were wrong. now she doesn't have night terrors at all any more and it's made a huge differnce to our family. also i've learned a lot more about weaning, breast feeding and general baby and child care. there has been support too from the postnatal group and other mumsnetters. i am also going to meet someone in my area soon. i wish i'd known about mumsnet sooner and think it's terrible that the site faces legal threats. what does mumsnet mean for other mners ?

BarefootDancer Mon 26-Feb-07 12:24:44

Mumsnet is great for support on loads of issues. It is lively, fast, and funny and, at time controversial, just like any group of people with a common interest. The support people get on here is fantastic.

Flumpybumpy Mon 26-Feb-07 12:29:00

what apart from starting a MN addiction?????

Great for advice and tips, nice to know that someone is in the same boat, actually don't know how I would live without it now

FB x

MrsBadger Mon 26-Feb-07 12:31:50

It's given me a box of prunes and a pair of very nice gloves, and provided loving homes for all my old My Little Ponies.

Who could ask for more?

fryalot Mon 26-Feb-07 12:38:06

It gives me a refuge from my family.

It gives me a sense of community.

It makes me feel that I am not alone in whatever I am going through.

It makes me feel wanted and useful (even if I'm not).

Flower3554 Mon 26-Feb-07 12:43:08

Sometimes you can get bogged down with all the different bits of advice from well meaning friends and relatives whose lo's have grown up, on Mumsnet its up to date advice and relevent to the age of the child.

Its also someone to talk to in the wee small hours when you think you're the only one in the world who's awake.

I wonder just how many parents think
"ooh I know lets ask the mn's, there's bound to be someone who knows this"

foxybrown Mon 26-Feb-07 12:59:58

I joined a couple of days ago. Often I am alone at w'ends with 3 small children as DH works away. In those couple of days I felt less isolated, more useful and actually had contact with people over the age of 5 which I might not have necessarily had.
I've a lot of positive experience about being a mum and it makes me feel good sharing it, especially if it helps others.
Sadly the house is a shambles because I'm spending a wee bit too much time on here ...

IntergalacticWalrus Mon 26-Feb-07 13:05:11

Stops me going mental as I am cooped up all day with two small childrem one of whom is 5.5 months, and the other has little more than a basic command of the English Language

LieselVentouse Mon 26-Feb-07 13:10:03

I have had so much real advice on here from real mothers who have actually been there, seen it, done it - not the ones who assume how I must be feeling. I nearly lost my life through childbirth and have been given some great support and advice on here from fellow sufferers - so much so Im having another. Even listening to people on here who have lost their partners, children or had miscarraiges and the support and comfort they receive is remarkable.

FluffyMummy123 Mon 26-Feb-07 13:10:22

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LieselVentouse Mon 26-Feb-07 13:11:22

P.S just for the record I do have a "silly nickname" just in case you thought thats what it said on my birth certificate.

MamaG Mon 26-Feb-07 13:11:44

i've had support when going through rough times, even when I've been at fault

I've had a LOT of laughs

I've learned a lot about SN

I have learned a new word, fanjo, which I use most days

boredwithwaitingforminiMOSSY Mon 26-Feb-07 13:11:53

Stopped me scaring myself silly about labour
Stopped me worrying myself sick about 1001 perfectly normal pregnancy complaints
Gave me a forum on which to moan about being pg after I'd bored my poor dh half to death with it!

LieselVentouse Mon 26-Feb-07 13:12:01

Cod you just pished on ma cornflakes

fryalot Mon 26-Feb-07 13:12:52

and, of course, mn introduced everybody to cod!

MrsBadger Mon 26-Feb-07 13:23:00

what about those wrangler boots cod?

sniff Mon 26-Feb-07 13:23:23

I live over a hundred miles away from my friends and family this website makes parenting feel not as isolating as with three kids and no babysitters I dont get chance to go out and meet people
mumsnet is lively, a good source of information but most of all for me I love to hear intelligent people who have differing points of view on lots of different subjects
I also have the view that we all have freedom of speech and should be able to disuss any issues that are bought up freely without censorship.
Long may mumsnet continue

FloatingInSpace Mon 26-Feb-07 13:26:38

oh god mumsnet really did change my life/outlook. pre-mumsnet (dd was about 2 when i discovered it, she's now 3.6) i felt isolated, much more guilty and anxious about dd-related decisions etc, and also convinced that MY way was the RIGHT way.
I have learnt so much and have so much more respect for other people and their different ways of life, I've relaxed a hell of a lot about dd (though that's partly because we're past the first couple of years which i def found hardest) and it just makes me feel a lot less alone as a mother. (None of my close friends have children.)

I really can't imagine life without it, although i'm on here less since i started back to work in Jan, and when i was on it too much i started getting a bit worried because it felt like an addiction!

nearlythree Mon 26-Feb-07 13:32:21

I get a lot of advice on all sorts of issues - the best was probably how to stop my washing machine from smelling.

I have lots of interesting discussions about politics and religion which keep my brain from imploding with Postman Pat.

It's a relief to know there are others who have teh same problems that I do.

I've made contact in RL with some mnetters and made new friends.

And very occasionally I've been able to help another mum in need which is amazing.

lostinfrance Mon 26-Feb-07 13:35:02

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Pruni Mon 26-Feb-07 14:15:33

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SpookyMadMummy Mon 26-Feb-07 14:26:23

MN has:
Helped me keep my sanity when my ASD dd1 has sorely tested me.
I have gained many good friends through MN and for that I thank you all

Nip Mon 26-Feb-07 14:28:40

Personally it has helped me ask many of the questions that no-one else can answer for me. I dont have anyone thats had children near me, and have relied on HV advice from day one. However MN has given a different point of view on things which has help tremendously.

Oh and its great to cheer me up!

Cloudhopper Mon 26-Feb-07 15:45:29

I love mumsnet because you can't beat the collective wisdom of so many real mothers who have the most amazing nuggets of wisdom which have been hard earned by experience.

In an era of the nanny-state and countless childcare gurus fighting for supremacy, it is nice to have a democratic forum for mothers with no vested interest other than helping each other.

wartywarthog Mon 26-Feb-07 15:48:13


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