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Emily Writes and Eddie, 7, review Wellington’s best places for swimming

My name is Eddie and I’m seven and my mum said I have to write about my school holidays and I just want to play Minecraft. I love swimming so these are the best places for swimming by me Eddie.

Emily Writes: How to help kids who are upset about the Australian bush fires

The scale of the horror in Australia right now can be hard for kids to process. Emily Writes explains what she's been doing with her own sons to help them feel a little less afraid.

Raising twins is a privilege. And it’s hard as hell

Jane Yee discovers nothing can prepare you for twins.

The Spinoff Reviews New Zealand #103: The kids’ playground at Parliament

Emily Writes and her son pay a visit to the brand new 'playground' on the Parliament lawn.

Emily Writes: All the weird 2019 toys your kids will want for Christmas

It's the most beautiful time of the year! Emily Writes investigates the top 10 toys your ungrateful kids will want this Christmas.

When having two kids is infinitely easier than one

Catherine Woulfe welcomes the daughter she fought for.

What I wish I’d known as a new parent

Emily Writes looks back at the early days of her children’s lives – and wishes she knew that no parent knows what they’re doing.

Emily Writes: Enough with treating mothers as punchlines and punching bags

Parents editor Emily Writes on everything wrong with Australian cartoonist Michael Leunig's latest work on motherhood.

Columnists unite to help save women who are doing it tougher than Meghan Markle

In response to Meghan Markle's admission that she's finding it a struggle to be a new mother in the media spotlight, columnists have banded together in support of all those women who 'have it worse'.

Emily Writes: A love letter to the people that keep our houses standing

To the early intervention therapists, to the teachers, to the speech therapists, the occupational therapists, music therapists, diabetes nurses and all: you change the world.

Thank you to the early childcare centre that changed my child’s life

Gemma Bowker Wright pays tribute to the Wellington childcare centre that welcomed her son, and calls on the country to better support the people who care for our children.

Tomorrow, you are seven

On the eve of her child turning seven, Emily Writes shares a personal essay on birthdays and parenthood. 

What ‘suicide awareness’ means to the parent of a suicidal child

A harrowing account of what it's like trying to save your child from suicide, and the toll it takes on everyone involved.

Art and Matilda’s home birth was safe and critics need to back off

A patronising, snide and all-round awful opinion column tried to guilt the celebrity couple for giving birth at home, and Emily Writes is not having it.

Why hungry kids make for hungry parents

Within households grappling with food insecurity, parents will often choose to go without essentials long before their children do, writes Dr Rebekah Graham. 

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.