Parents Archive

A message to my late father

This Father's Day, broadcaster Nadine Higgins reckons with her complex relationship with her Dad who passed away last year. 

Ward One

Emily Writes on love and fear and hope at her son's hospital bed.

Coroner says breastfeeding mums should never drink alcohol. 400 doctors disagree

Over 400 doctors, most specialising in child health, have signed an open letter to the coroner expressing concerns about a judgement which blamed alcohol in breast milk for the death of an infant.

A love letter to my toy library

It's like Christmas every fortnight, and an antidote to the great plastic pile-up.

Why you should trust your children with calculated risk

A coroner's comments about the death of Carla Neems have the potential to plunge New Zealand into a moral panic. But having freedom and responsibility is an essential part of child development, argues a mother of two.

Emily Writes: There’s no war on fun and cotton wool culture is bullshit

We keep hearing that Kids These Days are mollycoddled and risk-averse, but is that really true? And guess who gets blamed when kids do take risks and things go wrong?

Emily Writes: My top 5 parenting worry trends of 2019

It's a scary world out there, and there's a lot for you as a parent to be frightened of. But what are the things you should be most freaked out …

Kids playing sport is great. But how much is too much?

New research shows there's been a dramatic increase in the number of New Zealand children getting injured playing sport. It's a timely reminder that kids don't need competition to be active, writes ACC's Isaac Carlson.

Emily Writes: How childbirth works, according to a man

It's 'important for mothers and midwives to plan well ahead of their delivery', according to the head of the Southern DHB. Intrigued, Emily Writes decided to find out more.

Incompetent dads aren’t funny. They’re just shitty partners

If you're a man who isn't sure that you're a good partner to the mother of your children, then you're probably not.

Emily Writes: Another Royal Baby has arrived*

Emily Writes heads over to Harry and Meghan's whare to discuss the impending (or maybe it's happening right now) birth of the next royal child.

Stop taking your kindergarten for granted and get them some bloody funding

Longer hours have some parents up in arms, but Emily Writes argues that kindergartens are only doing what they have to in order to survive.

What it’s like parenting a child with severe anxiety

We asked a mother to share what it's like when your child is severely anxious.

A desperate plea from the parent of special needs child: we’re at our wit’s end

Children with special education needs and disability aren’t even getting the education they’re legally entitled to, let alone the one they deserve, and it’s about time the Minister of Education took ownership, writes Jai Breitnauer.

Are we there yet? The bumpy road to inclusive education

Nothing short of widespread transformation of the education system will ensure disabled students have the same access to schooling are their non-disabled peers, IHC's Trish Grant says.

Immerse yourself in kindness with new Kiwi kids show Kiri and Lou

The world needs more kindness, clearly. Thalia Kehoe Rowden reviews Kiri and Lou, a new musical comedy show about kindness and feelings, made for children, but a tonic for adults, too. 

How to keep your kids safe online in the wake of the Christchurch attack

Following the Christchurch terror attacks parents around the world have been concerned about what their children might see online and how they might cope with the immense tragedy of the events.

How to talk to your children about the Christchurch terror attacks

The days ahead will be full of difficult feelings and even more difficult conversations. An expert writes about how to start and have these conversations with your children.

Emily Writes: I survived a week without YouTube Kids

YouTube has been in the news a lot in the last few weeks and parents around the world are considering whether they should allow their kids to watch. Emily Writes decided it was time to give it up.

Therapy for parents who are struggling to cope with the news that Blippi shat on someone

Emily Writes unpacks the biggest news story of the year for the toddler set.

Should summer school holidays be only four weeks?

Should we have shorter school holidays?

Why are so many birth injuries not covered by ACC?

Pregnancy and birth-related injuries are all too common, but due to ACC's strict rules around causation many new mothers are forced to live with excruciating, untreated pain.

Summer reissue: ‘Holiday’ and other words that don’t exist for parents

When you have a kid, words like 'hangover' and 'holiday' take on a whole new meaning. Mum Anna Gowan rewrites the dictionary for parents.