Who do you turn to for the best parenting advice and why? Share with us and Nurofen for Children - £300 voucher prize draw! NOW CLOSED

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ZaneMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 12-Feb-16 14:38:16

These days, parenting tips are available from a wealth of sources and sometimes it can be tricky to know who to listen to. The team at Nurofen for Children would love to hear who you turn to for the best parenting advice and why you trust or listen to them most of all.

Here's what Nurofen for Children says,"Being a parent is a wonderful life changing experience, full of challenges and triumphs at every stage. We understand seeking advice from a variety of sources is an important part of feeling confident in the decisions you make for your children, so we’d love to hear who you turn to for advice (and the reasons you love the tips they give)".

So please share on this thread your best sources of advice: whether it's a trusted friend who has been there and done that, your own mum, your health visitor, a magazine or blog, the content pages or talk boards on MN wink etc. They'd also like to know why you love that source of advice so much - perhaps you could share the best advice you've been given and why it worked for you.

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choccyp1g Fri 12-Feb-16 16:54:18

Mumsnet of course. But I would only give nurofen on the advice of a doctor.

SmallBee Fri 12-Feb-16 16:58:17

I usually canvass the opinions of my DM, MIL and,SIL who has a DS a year older than mine because I know they are all great parents and know their stuff.
In the first year I also relied on MN and a book by Jo Tantum as the advice made the most sense to me and fit best with how my DD was as a baby.

BeeMyBaby Fri 12-Feb-16 16:59:05

For medical advice I would stick to a doctor or hv, but for things like weaning, definitely mn as the info on here is great, but for more hands on advice it would of course be my mother (although not MIL wink)

forkhandles4candles Fri 12-Feb-16 17:06:25

has to be Mumsnet - such a wealth of experience and support when needed and merciless mockery at other times. In addition, I check out NHS websites. for medical stuff, dyslexia and dyspraxia websites for other stuff. You know, you don't need to leave your house to get advice these days.

Dolallytats Fri 12-Feb-16 18:05:59

My mum or my sister. My mum because she raised 5 of us and did a pretty good job!! And, after 5 kids, there's not much she hasn't experienced.

My sister because she has 4 children. Although I was the first to have a child, there was then a 15 year gap between DC1 and 2 and then a further 5 years between 2 and 3. By the time I had DC2, everything had changed. My sister had her 4 by then so was much more up-to-date than I was.

She is now asking for my advice on the teenage years as my eldest is 22 and I have been through them and her eldest is 16.

Theimpossiblegirl Fri 12-Feb-16 18:12:24

Health professional

It all depends on what I need advice on.


mumsnit Fri 12-Feb-16 18:28:45

Agree it depends on what advice is needed!

Mumsnet is great for honest advice and opinions on lots of parenting topics. The behaviour/development and the SN forums are especially fab for advice and knowledgeable support.

My mum is first port of call for any practical or emotional support.

I only really trust the NHS website or a doctor for health advice.

thisismypassword Fri 12-Feb-16 18:56:37

Usually my mom because I turned out OK (I think!)!

StillNoFuckingEyeDeer Fri 12-Feb-16 19:00:41

Usually my mum or Mumsnet. I occasionally ask friends, but often I prefer to ask questions anonymously.

coffeeisnectar Fri 12-Feb-16 19:52:18

Mumsnet is invaluable. There is nearly always a general consensus in the replies as to what action you need to take and there is often a nurse, doctor or other medical professional around who will offer advice.

sharond101 Fri 12-Feb-16 20:01:29

Mumsnet have served me well, much better than Health visitors. My own Mum too.

Titsalinabumsquash Fri 12-Feb-16 20:19:51

It has to be Mumsnet and the postnatal groups I'm in from Mumsnet, it always used to be my mum but age died without leaving me a manual on how I work these 4 small people I created!

Pumble Fri 12-Feb-16 21:21:41

Always my mum. She must be fed up with the number of times I phone her but I wouldn't be half the mum I am without her sage advice and wisdom. We don't always agree though!! wink

Hopezibah Fri 12-Feb-16 21:39:32

When I had my youngest child I found myself stuck at home more so instead of visiting the health visitor or doctor for advice which i did for the older two, I found myself using the internet. Often the google searches would lead me to various blogs and so i really valued reading about other people's experiences on their blogs.

Obviously i knew that it wasn't medical advice so if i was really concerned then i would contact doctor but most the time it was a relief knowing other people experienced similar sorts of worries and dilemmas.

M2676 Fri 12-Feb-16 21:40:07

Mum or grand because they are more experience than i am plus they have a wealth of wisdom when it comes to kids! To prove it? All of us nine kids turned out alright i guesswink

Hopezibah Fri 12-Feb-16 21:40:37

i forgot to mention that there seems to have also been a mumsnet thread at some point in the past about every question or concern that I have as google would also point to mumsnet a lot to help me find some answers!

duckbilled Fri 12-Feb-16 22:02:57

I love Mumsnet for advice on the everyday niggles such as nappy contents or weaning advice! For medical advice I would seek out a doctor/nurse.

voyager50 Fri 12-Feb-16 23:35:10

My Dad always has the best advice - he was a hands-on father in the 70’s long before a lot of other men were. His advice is my favourite as it always makes sense. The best advice he gives me is to stop stressing about thinks so much and don’t worry as much as I do.

pusinky Sat 13-Feb-16 06:46:16

My mum because she's been through everything before.

Chopsychops Sat 13-Feb-16 06:51:49

I always use mumsnet in first instance because it's instant, I don't have to wait for an appointment with a doctor or hcp, and I've no family locally.

TracyKNixon Sat 13-Feb-16 06:53:39

My mum because she has raised 4 kids and so she has experience!

israrbaig Sat 13-Feb-16 07:01:35

I turn to my brother who has older kids as todays kids are very different to when my Mum and Dad grew me up with.

imustbemadme Sat 13-Feb-16 07:24:17

I turn to friends with kids the same age for advice about how to handle problems with my girls. Quite often though I struggle on, I do look on the internet sometimes but it's hard. My husband is a big help but he thinks differently about things to me so we clash sometimes about how to deal with them.

glenka Sat 13-Feb-16 07:37:36

My mum because she has been through everything when bringing me and my brother up.

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