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. Email her on emily@thespinoff.co.nz

Media
Dec 7, 2017

What fresh hell is this?

Last night the Herald published a story about a six-year-old Russian child described as the 'most beautiful girl in the world'. Who on earth thought this was a good idea?

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Parents
Jun 2, 2017

Emily Writes: Surviving Wine Mum Night

When mums get a night off, it's a big deal. Spinoff Parents editor Emily Writes delves deep into the Wine Mum Night phenomenon with an anatomy of a night out without husbands, wives or children.

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Parents
May 22, 2017

Emily Writes: We are allowed to say no

Because you are more than a mother. Because you're doing enough. Because you just don't feel like it – you're allowed to say no to your kids, says Spinoff Parents editor Emily Writes.

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Parents
May 13, 2017

Mums talk about being mums for Mother’s Day

What does Mother's Day mean to you? What do you love about being a mum? Spinoff Editor Emily Writes asked a bunch of mums to tell us what their life is like.

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Parents
May 11, 2017

Emily Writes: What I really want for Mother’s Day

Forget the floral hand lotion, the pointless kitchen gadget, the bunch of crappy supermarket flowers. Emily Writes has a few things that would really make her day on Sunday.

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Parents
May 5, 2017

Emily Writes: I’m not parenting at you, I’m just parenting

Spinoff Parents editor Emily Writes has noticed a lot of parents online are really upset, often with each other. Here she shares some ideas to make the village a little less hostile and a little more kind.

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Parents
Apr 26, 2017

Emily Writes: Scorching hot erotica for parents

What's your fantasy? The Spinoff Parents Editor Emily Writes guesses the fantasies of sleep deprived parents and lays it out for some night-time reading.

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Parents
Apr 19, 2017

Emily Writes: Putting to bed bad advice about infant and toddler sleep

Spinoff Parents editor Emily Writes has a message for parents whose kids don't sleep: don't fall into the same traps she did. There's heaps of advice out there, and she took all of it. But did any of it work?

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Parents
Apr 7, 2017

Politicians, the Ministry of Health, respond to midwives’ cry for help

On Monday we published a piece where midwives spoke out about their concerns. They talked about how exhausted they are, how they're underpaid and overworked and underappreciated. Here are the responses to that piece

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Parents
Apr 5, 2017

Emily Writes: How to survive daylight saving when you have kids

How can just a one hour change cause so much havoc in the lives of so many parents? Spinoff Parents editor Emily Writes rants against daylight saving and gives tips on surviving this terrible, terrible time.

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Parents
Apr 3, 2017

Midwives in their own words: ‘We are only human’

New Zealand’s midwife shortage has been in the news a lot in the past week – but the working conditions of midwives has been an issue for much, much longer. Spinoff Parents editor Emily Writes asked midwives to talk about why they do the vital work that they do.

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Parents
Mar 27, 2017

Emily Writes: Translating the crap we say at coffee group about our kids

Spinoff Parents editor Emily Writes shares the fibs she tells at coffee groups to make her seem like a better parent than she really is.

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Parents
Mar 20, 2017

How to get clicks and make a name for yourself as a columnist by slamming parents and being an asshole

Spinoff Parents editor Emily Writes has a guide for mediocre columnists keen to drum up some manufactured outrage over Parents These Days.

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Parents
Mar 13, 2017

How long can we fight? Emily Writes sees hope for the future at the Wellington march against rape culture

Today's protest at Parliament, organised by young Wellington women in response to the Wellington College scandal, was a protest against rape culture and in support of sexual consent education in schools. Spinoff Parents editor Emily Writes went along, and left feeling inspired and hopeful.

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Parents
Mar 6, 2017

Emily Writes: Dispatches from a long night featuring vomit

With two young children the nights can be long, so very, very long. Spinoff Parents editor Emily Writes writes about one marathon night among many.

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Parents
Mar 1, 2017

The Spinoff reviews New Zealand #7: Chipmunks chicken nuggets

We review the entire country and culture of New Zealand, one thing at a time. Today: Spinoff Parents editor Emily Writes inspects the chicken nuggets at the Chipmunks indoor play centre.

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Television
Feb 28, 2017

Chilling: Emily Writes has been haunted by Kiefer Sutherland for more than a decade

To continue the thrills and spills of Murder Week, Emily Writes recalls a Sensing Murder-style haunting of her own... by 24 star Kiefer Sutherland.

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Parents
Feb 24, 2017

Four things you can do when hate groups like Family First attack children

The NZ Herald hosting a video attacking transgender bathroom provisions at a New Zealand high school has shone on a spotlight on the hate promulgated by Family First. Spinoff Parents editor Emily Writes shares some advice on how families can fight back.

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Parents
Feb 17, 2017

‘They hate the music I love so much it makes my soul hurt.’ Emily Writes and Simon Sweetman talk kids’ music

Spinoff Parents editor Emily Writes and dad and music critic Simon Sweetman discuss some of the better stuff that can be found in a sea of horrible tunes.

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Parents
Feb 16, 2017

‘Does everybody poo during labour?’: Emily Writes asks a midwife every embarrassing question you’ve ever wanted answered

Spinoff Parents editor Emily Writes interviews a midwife and unwittingly reveals plenty of baggage from her own labour - mainly focused on how much she pooped.

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Parents
Feb 13, 2017

We need to start a parents support group for those goddamn motorised cars at the park

There are plenty of things that children love and parents hate: Barney the Dinosaur, mud puddles, getting up at the crack of dawn. But that's nothing compared to the loathing Emily Writes has for her children's beloved ride-on toy cars.

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Parents
Feb 6, 2017

Welcome to the world mama: Emily Writes has a message for new mothers

Every day, all around the world, babies are born and people become parents. It's a beautiful thing. Emily Writes has a message for all of the new mothers who are welcoming their new babies.

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Parents
Jan 31, 2017

Dear Mamas podcast episode 8: Disability and chronic illness

This is The Spinoff Parents podcast, Dear Mamas, a straight-talking parenting conversation with Holly Walker and Emily Writes.

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Parents
Jan 30, 2017

I’m not sorry the orgy of douchebaggery that was the Wellington Sevens is now a kid-friendly event

The Wellington Sevens that took place this weekend was a noticeably less raucous party than tournaments of years gone by. Ruined by the 'Fun Police'? Emily Writes isn't buying it. The Sevens is no longer a drunken mess, she says – and hooray for that.

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Parents
Jan 23, 2017

Emily Writes: Why I take my children to protests

Just like adults, kids have the right to voice their anger, fears and hopes for the future. Spinoff Parents editor Emily Writes explains why her children accompany her to protest marches and hikoi.

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Parents
Jan 20, 2017

Emily Writes: My baby slept through the night six times so now I’m an expert on getting your kid to do that

Spinoff Parents editor Emily Writes has not slept for a long time, but suddenly her son who hates sleep has started to sleep through the night. She explains how it happened.

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Society
Jan 20, 2017

That Idris Elba piece: an apology

Earlier this week we published a post by Spinoff Parents editor Emily Writes detailing her sexual attraction for actor Idris Elba. Following a critical response published today on The Pantograph Punch, Emily made the decision to take her post down. She explains her decision here.

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