Mumsnet Rules!

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One of the hardest jobs in world is being a parent. There is no remit, no instruction manual and it’s the only unpaid job in the word that has you on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Those who already have kids will be giving you their advice before you have even given birth, whether you want it or not. The thing is that we are all individuals, as are our offspring, so what works for one might not for another.

Mother’s in particular often find it hard to keep control. The traditional role of mother staying at home while dad goes out to work has changed, but as a whole the main task of parenting does still fall to the mother. With so many separations and divorces, rightly or wrongly, it is the mother who is most likely to take custody of any children, and be mum and part dad too.

The mumsnet organisation is for parents and is run by parents. There is help, support, advice, news, anything you want to know about parenting mumsnet will cover it. Their latest venture is a book called the Mumsnet Rules. This has been hailed as the book parents have been waiting for for years. It has been described as a funny, provocative, inimitable and above all indispensable to all things parenting related.

It is, in a nutshell; a triumph is separating the common sense from the hysteria. The odd critic has said that it is basically a rulebook, which it definitely isn’t. Children need rules or guidelines or boundaries, call it what you will, but they need them. Simple things such as knowing not to touch mummy’s things, or sitting still at the dinner table can be dressed up and called other things but at the end of the day they are rules.

A rule is defined as something that incurs a punishment of it is broken. We’re not talking locking them up for touching something they shouldn’t, but they need to know there will be consequences if they keep doing it after they have been told not too. The collection of rules in this book is a collection of all the tips that parents have put on the websites forum and received positive feedback on.

Mumsnet Rules fills a gaping void that has existed for far too long. Yes, kids need to be kids and there are times they will be naughty for the sake of it. But ultimately, for them to eventually to grow into respected and responsible adults, the ground rules they learnt as children are invaluable.

Davina McCall says: ‘This book is full of non-judgmental golden nuggets to empower us to be better at the same time as making us smile … a lot’

To find out more about the book and to read an extract, check out the website: You can check out the video for The Mumsnet Rules here: