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