In Tibet babies are named by a respected elder. In Borneo, turtles are kept out of the birthing room, and the Gusii women of East Africa paint their breasts with bitter herbs when they’re ready to wean. Thalia Kehoe Rowden learned all of this and more from a beautiful new book, Little Gems, produced by a trio of Kiwi mums. She tracked them down to find out how they managed such a feat.
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Need a parenting hack? Spinoff Parents has got your back - sort of. Spinoff Parents editor Emily Writes crowd-sourced the best(ish) brainwaves.
When this mother gave birth, her daughter was unable to breathe on her own – for 11 long, agonising minutes. These days she has a different attitude to the developmental milestones that many parents take for granted.
The Water Drop Café in Christchurch has had a bad week after they told a breastfeeding mother to feed her baby in the toilets. Here Mary Sea writes them a letter reflecting on the ups and downs of a public scandal.
Caitlin Carew's husband decided he wanted to be at home with the children so she needed to find full-time work. Here she describes what decision they made and how they worked it out together.
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.
The 'experts' are quick to tell us to never ever leave our kids alone in the car, even for a second. But is that really the safest option every time? Mother of three Angela Cuming doesn't think so.
An Australian 'study' is whipping up fears over the safety of baby formula. But are reports on what it means actually backed up by facts? The Spinoff Parents' science writer Dr Jess Berentson-Shaw explains why this latest scare story is bad science, plain and simple.
The Tiger Who Came To Tea was first published in 1968. Written and illustrated by Judith Kerr, the classic picture book has long been ripe for a satirical re-write. Thanks to Thalia Kehoe Rowden, we have just that.