Advice from the frontline of parenting

“How can I persuade my child to eat something other than mini cheddars?”

“What is colic?”

“Does anyone else suffer from ‘droning phenomenon’: the inability to discuss anything other than my baby for 30 seconds?”

Since its launch in June 2000, hundreds of thousands of mums (and a fair few dads) have swapped answers, recommendations and war stories on Mumsnet.com. They have debated the pros and cons of organic baby food, fretted over whether or not to use dummies – and how to wean children off them – exchanged potty training stories, agonised over the best nursery schools, helped each other through the upheavals of returning to work and swapped tips on anything from feuding siblings to mysterious illnesses.

The wisdom and humour of these frazzled parents has been collected and published in 3 Mumsnet books covering Pregnancy, Babies and Toddlers – and members of Edinburgh City Libraries can browse and search these books online whenever they need to, for free.

Simply use your library card number to log on to the Parenting SOS shelf on the Public Library Online site, and click on the title you want to read.

The site also contains access to three titles from Vicki Iovine’s wildly successful Best Friend’s Guides series: Motherhood, Toddlers and Getting your life back.

And for parents of slightly older children we’ve got a couple of life savers: I’m Bored, and I’m bored again, chock full of ideas for taking the fear out of long journeys and rainy days.

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