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 now in all good bookstores. Email her on emily@thespinoff.co.nz

Parents
Nov 19, 2018

Stop letting your kids watch horror films

Trying to navigate what films and games your child consume can be difficult. But R18 means R18, says Emily Writes.

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Society
Nov 15, 2018

Look at this sheep that is like a poodle!

LOOK AT ITS FACE AND EARS WHAT ABOUT ITS NOSE.

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Society
Nov 15, 2018

When will men start believing women?

A new survey of New Zealand women found that 82% had experienced either sexual violence or harassment. Compelling evidence – but will men ever believe it?

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Parents
Nov 12, 2018

Inside the secret world of co-sleepers

It's time to reveal the truth about co-sleepers. Emily Writes exposes the secret lives of families who bed share.

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Parents
Nov 6, 2018

Ten stupid toys your kids don’t need for Christmas

TradeMe has released its list of the Top 10 most-searched toys for 2018. Emily Writes tries to figure out what the hell they are.

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Society
Nov 3, 2018

Guy Fawkes Night sucks, let’s get rid of it

Emily Writes is mad as hell and not going to take it (fireworks) any more.

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Business
Nov 1, 2018

What really happened to NZ Secret Santa?

Yesterday, NZ Post broke hearts by ending the Twitter Secret Santa game. Emily Writes asked Libby Greatnews – social media specialist for NZ Post / social elf for NZ Secret Santa – what happened.

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Parents
Oct 31, 2018

Emily Writes: In defence of Halloween

Halloween in New Zealand is still not really a thing. But Emily Writes thinks it maybe should be.

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Parents
Oct 30, 2018

Emily Writes: Would you want to be a kid again?

Emily Writes has been considering how great it is to be a kid while staying up until midnight making a Halloween costume for her child who wants to be a "bubble".

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Media
Oct 25, 2018

Pregnant Princess Meghan Harry Windsor Cambridge pregnantly tours New Zealand

Emily Writes travels to the future to file the first news report on Meghan and Harry's forthcoming tour of New Zealand.

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Society
Oct 18, 2018

Maureen Pugh’s mum and the power of unconditional love

The mother of Maureen Pugh, the National MP whom Simon Bridges called 'fucking useless', has rounded on the party leader, calling him a 'dumb arse' in return. Good on her, says Emily Writes.

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Society
Oct 17, 2018

Celebrate National Boss’s Day with some stories about really bad bosses

Do you have a terrible boss story? We asked friends and whānau to share their worst for National Boss's Day.

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Society
Oct 11, 2018

Does Mental Health Awareness Week actually change anything for people with mental illnesses?

It's Mental Health Awareness Week so your Facebook feed is awash with encouragement to "reach out". It's important people know they can reach out if they need help – but what happens next?

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Society
Oct 5, 2018

How to use your hatred of children to boost your business in just three easy steps

Looking for a bit of publicity for your small business? Just stir up anti-kid outrage and watch those dollars roll in, says The Spinoff's marketing expert* Emily Writes.

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Beverage
Oct 2, 2018

The Spinoff reviews New Zealand #70: The new Nippy’s iced coffee

Emily Writes tries a new super-sized version of a classic flavoured milk.

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Parents
Sep 30, 2018

Thank you, and see you soon, from The Spinoff Parents

Emily Writes bids an emotional goodbye to The Spinoff Parents, a world unto itself she dreamed up and shaped.

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Television
Sep 20, 2018

Bert and Ernie are gay and I will fight you if you say otherwise

Emily Writes watches a lot of Sesame Street and says people denying that Bert and Ernie are gay are making her lose her mind.  

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Parents
Sep 18, 2018

I Survived: the zoo with my kids

In suburban Wellington, a mother of two boys is slowly losing her mind. In the first episode of 'I Survived...', Emily Writes tells us about the time she survived going …

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Media
Sep 14, 2018

I’m desperately in love with John Campbell and my husband understands

John Campbell will tonight present his final show as Checkpoint host. Emily Writes explains why he is a basket of kittens and how she loves everything about him.

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Parents
Sep 14, 2018

Why are we rejoicing in the punishment of children?

Child shaming and rejoicing in the punishment of children is horrible, and it's part of a wider trend of the hatred of children becoming acceptable.

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Parents
Sep 10, 2018

The Five Stages of Toilet Training grief

Toilet training – there are all kinds of ways to make it work, and it's fairly easy. Unless it isn't.

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Parents
Sep 4, 2018

Disgusting: Jacinda Ardern is doing her job and is a parent. How dare she?

The prime minister has come under fire over a decision to fly to the Pacific Islands Forum in Nauru for 36 hours. Emily Writes listens and learns

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Food
Sep 3, 2018

A bogan and a vegetarian eat some meat at Logan Brown

Logan Brown and Harrington's Small Goods invited Emily Writes to eat at their fancy as place.

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Parents
Aug 30, 2018

Crowdsourced tips to get through Father’s Day when the day sucks

Father's Day can sometimes feel like the worst day of the year. So we've crowdsourced advice from people who struggle through the day and want to share ways to make it better.

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Parents
Aug 30, 2018

Emily Writes: When Father’s Day is hard

Father's Day is this Sunday and we will be sharing stories from dads in the days to come. In this piece first published on her blog, Spinoff Parents editor Emily Writes writes about how hard the day can be for some.

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