Emily Writes

Emily Writes is editor of The Spinoff Parents. She is a mother of two, the best-selling author of Rants in the Dark - From one tired mama to another, writer and speaker. He second book Is it bedtime yet? is out at the end of July 2018. Email her on emily@thespinoff.co.nz

Parents
Jul 13, 2018

Emily Writes: And then there were two

Spinoff Parents editor Emily Writes looks back on the change to her family when she had a second child.

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Society
Jul 6, 2018

Leaked minutes from an emergency meeting about the Harbour Whale

A special emergency meeting of Wellington's leading agencies and stakeholders to address the city's most pressing issue: what should we do about the whale?

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Parents
Jun 27, 2018

Emily Writes: You're a bad parent with fat horrible children

Spinoff Parents Emily Writes has been doing some research and she's sorry to tell you that everything is your fault.

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Music
Jun 24, 2018

Remembering Pantera’s Vinnie Paul

The metal community is in mourning following the loss of Vinnie Paul aged 54. Co-founder of the timeless Pantera, and drummer for Damageplan and Hell Yeah, Vinnie was a metal god. Emily Writes pays tribute.

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Parents
Jun 22, 2018

Just on the offchance anyone is looking for a name for their newborn

What will they name the New Zealand Royal Baby? It's one of the hardest decisions parents make, so we at The Spinoff Parents thought we would help. 

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Parents
Jun 21, 2018

Emily Writes: Dear Jacinda and Clarke

The Spinoff parents editor's letter to Jacinda Ardern and Clarke Gayford on the birth of their first child.

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Parents
Jun 20, 2018

Emily Writes: How to give birth – the definitive guide

Spinoff Parents editor Emily Writes is giving out advice again. Watch out.

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Parents
Jun 15, 2018

The worst mother fluffing kids TV theme tunes on this Godforsaken planet

There's a lot of horrible children's TV out there, but the most horrible of all are the shows with unbearable theme songs. These are the worst of the worst.

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Society
Jun 8, 2018

Damien Grant’s freedom to be an asshole

Stop complaining about loud fireworks and let Grant live his libertarian ideals in peace, argues Emily Writes

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Parents
Jun 6, 2018

Auckland is to waive cremation fees for babies. Will other councils follow suit?

Auckland Council has announced it is to waive fees for the cremation of babies under one year of age. Spinoff Parents editor Emily Writes looks at the push for better community support for grieving whānau.

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Parents
Jun 5, 2018

Is it Normal: Help! Does parenting get easier?

Is it Normal? is the Spinoff Parents' advice column. Today we have the amazing Pinky McKay talking to a mum who asked: does it get easier?

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Parents
May 31, 2018

Emily Writes: How we’re handling school

Spinoff Parents editor Emily Writes on her son's adventures at school and how she's learning to adjust to having a school kid.

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Parents
May 17, 2018

Parents of teens: Here’s what you need to know about 13 Reasons Why season 2

The second season of the teen series 13 Reasons Why will be online tomorrow night. Spinoff Parents editor Emily Writes outlines what you need to know – because your teen will be watching this show.

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Parents
May 8, 2018

Emily Writes: An open invitation to Mike Hosking

Mike Hosking argues that kindy teachers don't deserve to be paid like high school teachers. But does he have any idea what an early childhood educator actually does?

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Parents
May 8, 2018

How to keep your family warm this winter

Winter is coming. As part of our budgeting series brought to you by the awesome folks at Flick Electric, here's everything you need to know about keeping your family warm over the coming months.

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Parents
Apr 30, 2018

Emily Writes: What am I creating for my children?

Spinoff Parents editor Emily Writes reflects on the death of a family member and what it means to be a mother. 

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Parents
Apr 27, 2018

Budget tips for NZ families, from NZ families

Setting a budget and sticking to it is really hard and The Spinoff Parents regularly gets asked to pull together budget tips that real parents use. Here are the best crowd-sourced tips from parents around the country.

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Parents
Apr 24, 2018

Emily Writes: Why Dwayne The Rock Johnson should be your doula

Dwayne The Rock Johnson welcomed his third daughter into the world today and celebrated with a near-perfect Instagram post about supporting a woman giving birth. Could he make it a career?

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Parents
Apr 10, 2018

Is it Normal? Introducing The Spinoff’s new parenting advice column

Spinoff Parents editor Emily Writes introduces our new advice column: Is it Normal? – a place for parents to ask experts the questions they Google at 2am.

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Society
Apr 9, 2018

Hey Mojo, if you can’t pay your staff properly maybe you shouldn’t be in business

Wellington-based coffee chain Mojo has announced it is upping its prices in response to the increase in the minimum wage. Fine, says Emily Writes, but I won't be buying your coffee again.

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Parents
Mar 29, 2018

What is happening to the beloved Te Papa Colossal Squid?

There are changes afoot at Te Papa. And the question on every parent's lips is: What will happen to the Giant Squid every child is obsessed with? Spinoff Parents editor Emily Writes went on a squid hunt.

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Parents
Mar 19, 2018

‘We have two lives in our hands and we’re paid less than minimum wage’

As part of our series on the midwifery crisis, The Spinoff Parents editor Emily Writes asked midwives to share what's gone wrong, and how they believe the crisis can be solved.

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Parents
Mar 16, 2018

Emily Writes: How terrified should I be about my kids going away to university?

Spinoff Parents editor Emily Writes unloads her anxiety about her children who are nowhere near university age one day maybe going to university onto Spinoff staffers, genuine millennials, and recent students Alex Braae and Alice Webb-Liddall.

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Interislander
Mar 15, 2018

Ship happens: Cruising on the Interislander

Spinoff Parents editor Emily Writes took her family to Nelson care of the Interislander Kaitaki. She writes about what it's really like for families on board.

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Parents
Mar 5, 2018

Emily Writes: Defending being defensive about co-sleeping

Spinoff Parents editor Emily Writes writes about co-sleeping and her long journey to self-acceptance about her style of parenting.

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Parents
Feb 21, 2018

Parents these days: a celebrity cook and a journalist discuss why they’re so terrible

Emily Writes went to a cafe and transcribed an interview between a journalist and a celebrity cook while her children took turns taking dumps in the fryer and coffee machine.

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