I was a hyperactive kid and here’s my advice for parents

Journalist Baz Macdonald was your quintessential hyperactive child. He looks back on the terror he caused, the productive ways his parents curbed his energy, and the effect it has had on his life.

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?

The difficulties we don’t talk about as step-parents

What is it like to be a step-parent? And how can you support the step-parents around you? Family Therapist (and step-parent) Serafin Dillon writes about being the "other" parent.

Forcing every student to wear trousers won’t make schools more equal

The topic of gender-neutral school uniforms, diversity and equality never seems to be far from the news. It's a topic that seems to rile people up for strange reasons. Rogena Sterling looks at the myths and truths around school uniforms and gender diversity and equality.

Parents Archive

The girl with the broken bones goes home: an update

The family whose two children were taken by Oranga Tamariki has finally been reunited. Joris de Bres was there as the court ruling was made to return their daughter. 

Baby Mania: when the desire to be a mother comes long before it’s realistic

Baby on your brain? Catherine Hart talks about her yearning need to be a mum. Have you ever experienced a craving for anything other than food? Perhaps a desire for a …

So your child refuses to go to school? Here’s how to respond

Have you had to deal with grumbling kids who don’t want to go back to school after the winter holidays? Here's what to do. 

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.

‘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

That Aussie journalist is wrong about Jacinda Ardern

An Australian journalist launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern for her parenting choices. Tash Barnfield sums up why Natalie Ritchie's take was such a bad one.

A five-year-old reviews Wellington’s new double decker buses

A five-year-old gives his honest opinion about the new Wellington buses.

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

Travelling with the dead: One final journey with my grandmother

Neesha Bremner writes of my grandmother's past and her journey to the place she was happiest.

Rating your Kiwi Childhood: The pros and cons of Saturday morning sport

In the first of our series on formative kid experiences of the 1980s and 1990s, Adam Mamo tackles the highs and very low lows of Saturday morning sport.

Family separation is happening closer to home than you think

 We were all horrified to see children ripped from their parents’ arms at the US-Mexico border last month. Sadly, this kind of thing happens in Australia too.

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.