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

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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Parents
Aug 28, 2018

Emily Writes: The power of brilliant and amazing women

Mothering is wonderful and exhausting. It's hard, but incredible work. And it becomes so much easier when you surround yourself with brilliant and amazing women.

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Parents
Aug 21, 2018

Emily Writes: Why I trust my child over most adults

Spinoff Parents editor Emily Writes on how we seek advice and who we should be following and learning from. On a fairly regular basis I am asked for advice. I don’t …

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Society
Aug 8, 2018

Why are teachers striking? It’s about a lot more than money

We look at the teacher strike next week: why are they striking and what are they likely to get?

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Parents
Aug 3, 2018

What you need to know about contraception when you’re breastfeeding

What contraception is the best to use while breastfeeding and after you've given birth?

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Society
Aug 2, 2018

Why is everyone talking about syphilis?

It seems like everyone is talking about syphilis and that can't be a good thing – or can it?

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Parents
Jul 25, 2018

Emily Writes: Your anti-abortion protest was silent for a reason

Spinoff Parents editor Emily Writes popped over to Parliament with her fellow short-haired feminist contingent to see what a silent bootie protest looks like.

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Parents
Jul 24, 2018

‘Harden up’ is precisely the wrong message to send our children

From Waikato's DHB boss to Mark Richardson, telling depressed children to toughen up is toxic and dangerous, says Emily Writes

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Society
Jul 23, 2018

All the reasons to be happy about the Wellington bus system shitshow

What's that sound? It's the rumbling of every bus user in Wellington moaning. But Spinoff Parents editor Emily Writes is trying to look on the bright side.

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Parents
Jul 19, 2018

Where is the compassion for parents of children with allergies?

Parents of children with severe allergies have been verbally beaten up on Facebook after sensational articles about birthday cake bans at pre-schools

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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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