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I honestly, truly wouldn’t be the woman I am today without Mumsnet. Anyone else?

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ChocAuVin · 02/10/2020 19:33

I’ve been hanging around here since 2007 and MN has helped me in so many ways — bf twins, parenting at every stage, countless life hacks, style tips, financial advice, emotional support, much-needed relationship advice (LTB), rl friendships and more recently, finally giving me the courage to leave my hideously abusive marriage (yay!) and be a terrible, nasty, free/thinking radicalised Woman.

From chicken bricks to tangle teasers, from chutneys and heated airers and dehumidifiers to mooncups, the oil cleansing and curly girl methods to the Mumsnet haircut, all via Why Does He Do That? Women’s Aid and the Freedom Project, plus all the witty, informed and interesting debate and diversion over the years, it has genuinely changed my life and positively impacted me for the better.

Thanks Mumsnet and Mumsnetters. You’ve made my world a better place.

Must be getting sentimental in my old age. Smile

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Ukholidaysaregreat · 02/10/2020 19:40

Lovely post. I feel the same.

cringyminge · 02/10/2020 19:45

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SingleHandSue · 02/10/2020 19:48

I agree that’s a lovely post Flowers

I think I’m a different woman after finding Mumsnet too.

I didn’t have any female friends with the same outlooks and beliefs as me. Finding Mumsnet and all these amazing women who just knew shit made me discover a sisterhood I never knew existed. I’ve learnt so much from reading these boards and I’m forever grateful.

I only wish it existed when my eldest was born, the advice would’ve been really helpful with a young baby.

AutumnSummersBuffysCousin · 02/10/2020 19:48

Same-learned so much about so much. Been on 9 years and saw me through the loonnnggg nights of breastfeeding all those years ago. Thanks Mumsnetters!

3kidsareenough · 02/10/2020 19:52

Same as that op, I've been with Mumsnet since 2008. I was pregnant with dd2, it was a difficult pregnancy but another mumsnetter was going through a similar difficult pregnancy and we supported each other the whole way via Mumsnet. It's the first place I come when I want a good balanced opinion on anything and for brilliant recommendations on books. Ive also learned a lot from different posts and roared with laughter at posts. I love it here 🥰 actually feel like I'm part of something. Thanks mumsnetters 💐💐

Jux · 02/10/2020 19:59

Same here. I started reading MN back in 2001 but couldn't register then. It helped me a lot; I was entangled in an awful relationship, had a bad pregnancy and easyish but traumatising birth, exhausted, unable to think, walking on eggshells, terrified, miserable. I wanted to be dead but was buggered if I was going to leave dd on her own... MN got me more or less straight. It's taken years to get to where I am now, how my relationship works, how to deal with my MS. Principally MN. All thanks to MN. Thanks to you MN and to all you MNers over the years who have dragged me out of the mud slime and muck I had been pushed into and was drowning in.

kursaalflyer · 02/10/2020 20:07

Me too. I work in schools and the information on here about SEN and the problems children and parents face have been an eye opener. The feminist and philosophy boards have given me so much food for thought. Thanks Mners

PeppaPigMakesMeGrrrrr · 02/10/2020 20:28

Yes, me too. Been here 10 years now. Mumsnet has seen me through a traumatic childbirth, PND, realising my marriage was emotionally abusive, divorce, starting my new life, changing career...it's been a source of information and support throughout.
Thanks to all of you in the nest of vipers!

RuffleCrow · 02/10/2020 20:31

Same here. Mostly for better but occasionally for worse.

I miss the cloth nappy threads! Remember when MN was about 50% people selling cloth nappies?! My youngest is 6 so no practical use for them, just a wave of nostalgia.

AnyFucker · 02/10/2020 20:34

Same here.

I have learned so much from this site. It sounds daft but I am a better person from because of it.

DownThePlath · 02/10/2020 20:41

I love it. I discovered it over three years ago, and have come on everyday since. In fact, I don't even use social media anymore as I just find this so much more enjoyable and informative.

It has taught me so much, cheered me up endlessly, and allowed me to communicate with women that have similar views.

Every time I have an issue, I type it into google, add mumsnet, and there's always some advice or a similar thread. I love it Flowers

Thatbliddywoman · 02/10/2020 20:44

The advice when I've been in abusive relationships has been second to none.

Itwasaquarterpast11 · 02/10/2020 20:47

Ditto. Got me through PND, weaning, awful relationship and subsequent divorce. Learned a lot about things I knew very little. I dread to think how much time I've spent on here over the last 15 years though...

EerilyDeleted · 02/10/2020 20:50

Me too. Been here about 10 years. The SEN boards taught me what I needed to do to support DS, being part of the Woolly Hugs community, other groups of friends I've made here, feminism, style and beauty, the Brexit threads.

Mind you I've spent a fortune on Babyliss Big Hair, Instant Pot, you name it.

TheFormerPorpentinaScamander · 02/10/2020 20:52

Ditto. I've learnt (learned? I'm never sure) so much here. And I've cried with laughter more than once!
Flowers to the wonderful women who have taught me, lifted me and supported me.

Chosennone · 02/10/2020 20:53

God yes!
There is something so comforting about finding a place that is your 'fit'. In the early years,2007 onwards, it was a godsend for BF/weaning/ new mum advice.
Since then I have had amazing advice that got me through my divorce, termination, major family issues, court disputes and we relationships.
And that's just the serious stuff.
I have laughed out loud so many times reading threads here, many of which are on classics. I've purchased clothes, beauty products and chosen many holiday destinations thanks to Mumsnet.
I feel empowered by the women here and am much more of a feminist now 🙌❤

OhioOhioOhio · 02/10/2020 20:54

Me too. I threw my abusive xh out because of mn. I picked myself up because of mn. Thank you.

ContessaDiPulpo · 02/10/2020 20:54

I found MN in 2011 and have been here ever since. I have always had trouble in social situations, misinterpreting people and generally being awkward, but MN explained People to me. I have read thousands of threads by this point, and they have all built my understanding of human social interaction, predominantly female social interaction. It has been elucidating on an epic scale. I am profoundly different because I found this site and I am the better for it. Thank you.

thisusernameismine · 02/10/2020 20:54

Invaluable advice and interesting opinions over the last 3 years. Love this site.

HumphreyCobblers · 02/10/2020 20:55

I agree OP. So many things I know about from being on here. The most important for me was finding threads about ABA, which has taught my previously non verbal son to speak and understand language. I remembered following threads about it with a poster called Moondog, little realising how important this knowledge was to become for my family years down the line.

Breastfeeding, gardening, dealing with tongue tie, low carbing, dealing with the nightmare that is negotiating an EHCP and FWR are all other areas where mumsnet have radically improved my understanding for the better.

I really am grateful.

TheQueef · 02/10/2020 20:56

Hear Hear. Gin

making me feel all emotional

mineofuselessinformation · 02/10/2020 20:58

Oh yes!
I first came here for help with my prolapses - and never left because of the sheer volume of support and humour.
I am the person I am now because I have learnt so much from others on here - most especially that many of my crap experiences are not unique to me. Knowing I am not alone even in my darkest hour is invaluable.
I particularly love the funny threads! (Looking at you, Brian from Hull, as one of my favourites. Grin)

DariaMorgendorffer · 02/10/2020 20:58

I joined the same year as you, and I wholeheartedly agree Smile

FlamingJuly · 02/10/2020 20:59

Totally agree. In fact Mumsnetisms have even impacted on my language, AIBU, naice ham, norks, etc. I've laughed and cried on here for 15 years or more now. Plus the Feminism Boards are frankly life changing.

Mercedes519 · 02/10/2020 20:59

I wouldn’t be the Woolly Hugging GC terf I am today without Mumsnet.

Mind you I nearly didn’t come back after my first post when I mention DH ‘babysitting’ our DS. Got my arse handed to me on a plate on that one. Grin

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