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 at the end of July 2018. Email her on emily@thespinoff.co.nz

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
Sep 29, 2017

Emily Writes: my son is turning five tomorrow

Spinoff Parents editor Emily Writes reflects on the last five years on the eve of her oldest child's birthday.

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Parents
Sep 22, 2017

Emily Writes: How to make friends when you're a new mum

How do you make friends when you're a new mum? It can be tough to find your people. Spinoff Parents editor Emily Writes has some tips.

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Parents
Sep 15, 2017

Warm house, cool landlord: Why doing right by tenants pays off

From June 2019, every rental in the country will need to be insulated. Emily Writes talks to Kelson Primary School principal, landlord and mum Judy Pemberton about the changes, and why she chose to do the right thing early on.

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Parents
Sep 6, 2017

Emily Writes: So, I joined a gym…

In the spring, a young mother's fancy turns to thoughts of getting her old body back. Spinoff Parents editor Emily Writes explains why she's joined a gym – and it's not just about getting in shape.

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Television
Sep 1, 2017

Surviving the trauma of that M&M sex ad during the leaders’ debate last night

As Bill English and Jacinda Ardern battled it out during TVNZ1's debate last night, Emily Writes was left extremely confused by a sexy candy ad. 

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Parents
Aug 29, 2017

Emily Writes: I’m sorry to my friends without kids

Like it or not, friendships tend to change after babies. Spinoff Parents editor Emily Writes thanks her friends without kids who have stuck by her – even through conversations about poop. …

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Parents
Aug 21, 2017

Emily Writes: What I wish my children knew

Spinoff Parents editor Emily Writes considers the things that are important to know when you're a little human being trying to make your way in the world.

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Parents
Aug 14, 2017

Emily Writes: Don’t like kids? Then stop chasing the parenting dollar

It sure is hard out there when you want to market your cafe or restaurant as family friendly but you're not actually family friendly at all. Spinoff Parents editor Emily Writes has had it with the tired moral outrage over kids with the temerity to be out in public.

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Parents
Aug 7, 2017

Emily Writes: Is the advice on co-sleeping actually realistic?

Are we getting the right advice on co-sleeping? Spinoff Parents Editor Emily Writes is concerned some of the safety messages out there aren't aligned with the reality of parenting.

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Parents
Jul 31, 2017

Emily Writes: The birds, bees, Boomers, and banging

Spinoff Parents editor Emily Writes listened to RNZ's new podcast BANG! on sex and sexuality and thinks it'll be a hit with parents. The first episode tackled talking about the birds and the bees with your babies.

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Parents
Jul 24, 2017

Emily Writes: We have a post-natal depression epidemic and it’s killing mothers

The latest episode of TV One documentary series Inside My Mind focused on the mental health of mothers. For Spinoff Parents editor Emily Writes, watching it was both a draining, painful experience and a wake-up call about the epidemic of PND in New Zealand.

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Parents
Jul 17, 2017

Emily Writes: How to survive the school holidays

Spinoff Parents editor Emily Writes has all the tips you need to get you through the last half of the July school holidays.

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Parents
Jul 6, 2017

Emily Writes: How to survive severe sleep deprivation – by someone who is living it

Spinoff Parents editor Emily Writes hasn't slept for a long time. If you're as exhausted as she is, she has some tips for getting through.

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Parents
Jun 23, 2017

Emily Writes on the couch with a clinical psychologist

Spinoff Parents editor Emily Writes is an anxious mess, which is why she’s constantly talking about mental health in mothers and the need to get help if you need it. She spoke to a clinical psychologist who specialises in treating mothers with anxiety and depression and other mental health issues.

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Parents
Jun 14, 2017

Emily Writes: Five things parents need to stop doing right now

It's late at night and you're looking for parenting advice online, there seems to be 20 lists of five things you shouldn't be doing as a parent. Spinoff Parents Editor Emily Writes has no qualifications but she does have a top five list for you.

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Parents
Jun 8, 2017

Emily Writes: Lessons from almost being hit by a bus

If you died tomorrow, what advice would you leave your kids? Spinoff Parents editor Emily Writes reflects on her life in typically melodramatic fashion.

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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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