If there are no hard and fast parenting rules and we are all individuals with our own personalities and accepted ways of doing things, and if if internet forums are full of people disagreeing with each other then why on earth have Mumsnet published a book called The Mumsnet Rules?
Here’s what they have to say about it……
So what is the wisdom of crowds, how can there be any rules when everyone is sitting at their computers disagreeing with everyone else?
The answer, we think, is this – that by reading a hundred different people’s views on controlled crying, on the contents of party bags, on how to help a child who has no friends, you find that there is usually a commonsense consensus around the important things. But there are also boundaries to what works and what is OK, and sometimes we need a (virtual) village to help us find those boundaries. The Mumsnet Rules maps out both the areas of consensus and the boundaries.
And the goal of the Rules is to make you into the person you would be if you had had two or three children to practise on before the ones you actually have
So we are looking at greneral consensus here and there are some really insightful funny posts. Some of it I totally disagree with such as don’t buy a moses basket (Personally I think they are the most beautiful baby item ever and help a baby feel snug) and don’t bake with your kids (no, no no…..DO BAKE WITH YOUR KIDS!!! it is an absolute pleasure!)
Some areas of advice I completely agree with; such as keep your sick child at home, let them eat dirt and fall over, don’t hit them and turn off your lap top!
A fab vbook , loads of fun to read and it makes you think!
I have one copy of the Mumsnet Rules by Justine Roberts and Natasha Joffe (Bloomsbury :RRP: £12.99) to give away. It’s a great book, it will make you laugh, nod in recognition, agree, disagree and keep you thoroughly entertained. I learned a good few tips and tricks along the way too and there is a lot of wisdom here.
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