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How to get your child to sleep on Christmas Eve in 10 easy steps

Worried about getting your kids to sleep on time amid all the excitement of Christmas Eve. Don't worry, says Emily Writes – it's easy when you know how.

A night away that feels like a holiday: Emily Writes goes to Picton

Emily Writes decides to take a trip on the Interislander to Picton for a night away with her good friend and three kids under six. What could go wrong?

Parents shouldn’t be embarrassed to talk to their kids about porn

Parents surveyed for research on their attitudes to children viewing pornography has shown some are embarrassed to talk to their children. Family Planning National Health Promotion Advisor Amanda Hargreaves gives …

You don’t have to travel at Christmas

Christmas can be stressful – so Emily Writes decided to do something about it by giving up on festive travel. She explains why you should join her in refusing to budge this Christmas.

The one-man battle to help parents keep their kids safe online

What can parents do to keep their kids safe online? We asked New Zealand's guru.

Elliot has a brain tumour – one year on

Elliot's family invite us into their homes again to see how she's doing one year on from chemotherapy. Photos by Danny Rood. Words by Emily Writes.

Santa is real, and she’s pissed off

Yes a woman can be Santa – just ask all the mothers out there, says Emily Writes.

Stop letting your kids watch horror films

Trying to navigate what films and games your child consume can be difficult. But R18 means R18, says Emily Writes.

Inside the secret world of co-sleepers

It's time to reveal the truth about co-sleepers. Emily Writes exposes the secret lives of families who bed share.

Inside New Zealand’s unregulated sperm donor industry

Why are New Zealand women eschewing fertility clinics and looking for sperm donors online? And why are Kiwi men donating to strangers they meet on Facebook groups? Amy Nelmes Bissett uncovers a world of hope and risk.

Ten stupid toys your kids don’t need for Christmas

TradeMe has released its list of the Top 10 most-searched toys for 2018. Emily Writes tries to figure out what the hell they are.

Emily Writes: In defence of Halloween

Halloween in New Zealand is still not really a thing. But Emily Writes thinks it maybe should be.

Emily Writes: Would you want to be a kid again?

Emily Writes has been considering how great it is to be a kid while staying up until midnight making a Halloween costume for her child who wants to be a "bubble".

How to ruin one of the biggest days in a young person’s life

A last minute cancelation of the final day of school at Mount Albert Grammar has deprived its students of one of the most emotional moments of their lives, writes Duncan Greive, parent to a MAGS school leaver.

The Spinoff reviews New Zealand #72: Kowhai Park, the nation’s best playground

Best playground in New Zealand? According to whom, exactly? Tara Ward and her kids review Whanganui's greatest claim to fame.

Maureen Pugh’s mum and the power of unconditional love

The mother of Maureen Pugh, the National MP whom Simon Bridges called 'fucking useless', has rounded on the party leader, calling him a 'dumb arse' in return. Good on her, says Emily Writes.

Thank you, and see you soon, from The Spinoff Parents

Emily Writes bids an emotional goodbye to The Spinoff Parents, a world unto itself she dreamed up and shaped.

The ‘no fault’ fallacy: Looking back at our 18 months of ACC hell

Eight years ago a birth accident resulted in Andrew Dickson's son being diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Today Dickson is still battling the ACC for compensation.

New Zealand can’t congratulate itself on International Safe Abortion Day

With abortion still in the Crimes Act and other people getting to decide whether pregnant people can terminate, we really have no reason to feel safe.

We’re living in a golden age of feminist storytelling. And it’s only beginning

The rise in feminist writing is long overdue and will only grow, writes Claire Murdoch for RNZ.

How a Hamilton mum created a community based on cloth nappies

Cloth nappies are making a resurgence and Hamilton mum Emily Holdaway is doing her best to help families give them a go by starting a pay it forward campaign. 

On motherhood: Hollie McNish and Emily Writes in conversation

Listen to British poet Hollie McNish and Spinoff Parents editor Emily Writes' session from WORD Christchurch

I Survived: the zoo with my kids

In suburban Wellington, a mother of two boys is slowly losing her mind. In the first episode of 'I Survived...', Emily Writes tells us about the time she survived going …

How a Facebook group for mothers is empowering women writers

An online group has been nurturing mum writers for the past two years, organising writing events, retreats, childcare and support. Member and mother Nichole Brown reports on how it's changing lives.