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

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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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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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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