Welcome to the Essential Baby (EB) and Essential Kids (EK) forums. Essential Baby and Essential Kids are family-based parenting sites and as such we feel strongly about our forums being a safe, welcoming, supportive and friendly place for all members.
If we all abide by the rules, offer each other support without judgement and respect difference in opinions, the forums can be a well-managed and pleasant place for all members.
We ask that you are mindful of 'netiquette' and treat people as reasonable people would like to be treated in real life. Don't forget that Essential Baby and Essential Kids are subject to these Conditions of Use and also these Forum Rules.
CODE OF CONDUCT
When it comes to conceiving and raising children there are endless differing opinions. We ask that you respect other people's opinions and be polite when discussing all topics. No matter what you think - there's no need to be rude!
Jump in and start posting. It's fun to 'lurk' and read the forums but you'll have a much more rewarding experience when you participate and build friendships on EB and EK.
Many members and Moderators tirelessly help others on a daily basis, offering advice, assistance, support and answering the same questions over and over again! If someone helps you, say thanks.
Our team of Moderators generously donate their time and we like to give them the recognition they deserve. At the top of each forum you can see who the Moderator is. If you have any questions or need help, they are your first port of call.
Please DO NOT:
Please DO NOT break the rules
Over eight years our rules have become quite comprehensive, in order to tackle the many issues that crop up. Please read them! If you don't understand them ask a Moderator for assistance.
Please DO NOT be rude, nasty or engage in bullying
As an EB and EK member you are part of a community, and you are responsible for contributing to the tone and vibe of that community. If you don't feel you can contribute to the site in a positive manner, perhaps it's not for you!
This behaviour will not be tolerated. This includes joining in on others bullying.
Please DO NOT be insensitive
Women come to EB and EK looking for support and we ask that you are sensitive to what they are experiencing whether they are trying to conceive, having relationship problems or difficultly parenting, among others.
If you do break the rules or act in a way that contravenes our Code of Conduct you will be notified or your thread or post will be edited or removed accordingly. Subsequent abuse may result in you being temporarily or permanently banned from the site.
If you ever have any questions or comments, we'd love to hear from you. You can contact us in the Messages to Moderators forum (in Housekeeping).
Thank you. We hope you enjoy participating in and being part of the Essential Baby and Essential Kids community.