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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (6 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140880848X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408808481
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 4.5 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 366,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This book is full of non-judgmental golden nuggets to empower us to be better women at the same time as making you smile... a lot' (Davina McCall)

'Mumsnet is the most invaluable resource - a giant repository of wisdom, information, support and jokes' (India Knight)

'I cannot see how the government can improve on Mumsnet' (The Times)

'The women on Mumsnet are amazing - smart, funny and full of ideas' (Daily Telegraph)

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Provocative, funny, indispensable, inimitable, and a triumph of commonsense over hysteria, The Mumsnet Rules is the book parents everywhere have been crying out for

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sophie K on 17 Aug. 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book - a collection of crowd wisdom (and contradictions to that wisdom) from the contributors to the Mumsnet site. A highly recommended read for new (and not so new) parents seeking a balanced, unpatronising summary of parenting 'rules'. In fact it's the opposite of rules most of the time: you tend to see several opinions summarised so that you can see for yourself which of several options might work for you. The writing style is excellent and the tone one of an intelligent friend sharing their knowledge and experience.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By SilentSinger TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Nov. 2011
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I pre-ordered this from Amazon after reading selected extracts featured in the Sunday Times and have just got around to reviewing this essential tome. It sits on the bookshelf and is dusted down on a regular basis to help me cope with my son who started school in September 2011 and the other odd things about being a parent. It's a myriad of condensed common sense and wisdom and I never feel as though I'm being preached at, which is pretty much the case with some of the parenting books out there - in my opinion the American ones are the worst! I hugely prefer flicking through it than going onto the site - not that there's anything wrong with Mumsnet, far from it, but I sometimes feel as though I have to wade through a lot of padding before I get to the nub of the problem.

It's all useful stuff and will continue to be as my son grows. Some bits made me laugh out loud and I'm sure it's a must for the majority of parents who are trying to remain sane in this ever-confusing world!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By annabanana on 19 Aug. 2011
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Perfect book for any parent new or not. Can make you realize you're not the only one with a kid who wont put clothes on or who never want to shower! Amusing, easy to read and laugh out loud!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By jobo on 23 Jun. 2011
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So many times I have heard that Mumsnet mums are very militant and contraversial, and hugely opinionated.
This is simply not true. All mums are opinionated, as well we should be - however - the opinions are all varying. It's not a rule book as such, where you think "what will happen if I break the rules". The rules are very over-arching such as "You don't HAVE to have a naughty step, but the odd star chart never killed anybody".
So - basically they're saying "here's what other mums found helped them, apply it to yourselves if you wish, but don't worry about it if you don't - and do whatever makes you feel happy and confident".
Overall it's a great read full of common sense and humour.
Great stuff.
(And i haven't even finished it yet!!!)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Budcat on 10 Feb. 2013
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I found Mumsnet in 2003, desperately looking for some decent unbiased advice. This book neatly and clearly summarizes with a clear objective voice all the input of thousands of mums on core subjects as random as carparking spaces, birthday parties but mostly getting over yourself and not turning into the madster mum in the school playground!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 20 Jun. 2011
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I have really enjoyed reading this book - it's incredibly easy to read, very addictive, you can dip in and out of different sections and it had me convulsed with empathetic laughter on numerous occasions! Much of it relates to parenting of babies/toddlers/under 10s, with some smatterings for dealing with older children. I am now hoping that Mumsnet will produce the next version focussed on parenting of 10-15/16 year olds - my girls are 11 and 12 and I was hoping for a bit more guidance / reassurance on issues that dominate the preteens/early teens. Highly recommend this for all parents however as so much of it rings true.
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This book is the product of the combined wit and wisdom of many mumsnetters, and I cannot recommend it highly enough. It offers advice and comments based on people's experiences of parenthood, and is down-to-earth, understanding, informative and funny. It's not a manual of how to be a perfect parent - it's a manual of how to be a real parent.
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Easy to dip in and out of (wish I had had it when I was pregnant) and done with Mumsnet's useful humour and easy going attitude.
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