Parents Archive

Emily Writes: You’re a bad parent with fat horrible children

Spinoff Parents Emily Writes has been doing some research and she's sorry to tell you that everything is your fault.

I grew up being bullied. Now I’ve written a book to help kids like me

Steff Green is turning her experience of bullying into a story of hope for young children in the form of a new picture book.

Why can’t kids be included when their parents graduate university?

What are our children missing out on when they're excluded from graduation ceremonies? What is it like for parents? Heidi North makes the case for inclusivity at universities.

Should we be raising our kids on fairy tales?

Fairy tales are a staple of most children’s reading experience – but should they be? Children’s storyteller Baz Macdonald wonders whether it's time that we retired fairy tales for good.

Finally, some useful advice for Jacinda and Clarke’s baby, from a real baby

NZ's top political podcaster and the Spinoff's chief infant correspondent offers some words of counsel

Just on the offchance anyone is looking for a name for their newborn

What will they name the New Zealand Royal Baby? It's one of the hardest decisions parents make, so we at The Spinoff Parents thought we would help. 

Emily Writes: Dear Jacinda and Clarke

The Spinoff parents editor's letter to Jacinda Ardern and Clarke Gayford on the birth of their first child.

Is it normal?: My toddler won’t poo!

Is it Normal is the Spinoff Parents advice column. Today we're looking at poo and we have expert help from toilet training expert Laura Morley.

Emily Writes: How to give birth – the definitive guide

Spinoff Parents editor Emily Writes is giving out advice again. Watch out.

A stay-at-home dad asks: Have you seen my masculinity?

Since becoming an at-home father, Adam Mamo has been on a desperate search for his masculinity – after all, he keeps being told it's gone missing.

On ya bike! The charity getting kids on Wellington’s mountain bike trails

Ash Peters is passing on her love of mountain biking to hundreds of families around the Wellington region. She spoke about how her charity is reaching all sorts of families who haven’t been on the trails before.

The worst mother fluffing kids TV theme tunes on this Godforsaken planet

There's a lot of horrible children's TV out there, but the most horrible of all are the shows with unbearable theme songs. These are the worst of the worst.

Is new kids TV platform HEIHEI any good?

Thalia Kehoe Rowden and her six-year-old son are reviewing all 39 shows on HEIHEI, filling out an intimidating spreadsheet of notes, and reporting back to us.

Is It Normal? My son wants to wear dresses and I’m scared for him

Is it Normal is the Spinoff Parents advice column. Today Alex Ker from InsideOUT gives advice to a mum of a gender curious little one.

How we talk about early childhood education matters

Can we change the ECE story in New Zealand?

Infertility still sucks the second time around

Secondary infertility is a hidden pain many families are facing. Gemma Bowker-Wright shares her story.

It’s 2018. Could we please stop sanctifying men for doing basic parenting

No matter how well-intentioned, articles like the Herald's 'One week, three kids, how hard can it be?' do no favours for anyone

‘Our kids deserve the best’: The fight for South Auckland’s playgrounds

Parents living in South Auckland were shocked, but probably not surprised, to learn this week that Auckland Council have been underfunding their playgrounds.

‘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

Auckland is to waive cremation fees for babies. Will other councils follow suit?

Auckland Council has announced it is to waive fees for the cremation of babies under one year of age. Spinoff Parents editor Emily Writes looks at the push for better community support for grieving whānau.

Is it Normal: Help! Does parenting get easier?

Is it Normal? is the Spinoff Parents' advice column. Today we have the amazing Pinky McKay talking to a mum who asked: does it get easier?

‘How do you settle when your loved ones are in danger?’

Refugee advocates are celebrating a win with a promised increase of the quota, but those refugees who get here are still facing years-long waits for family to join them

Where are all the baby changing rooms for dads?

Men are increasingly the primary caregivers for kids, but public facilities for them to change nappies in remain woefully inadequate.

Emily Writes: How we’re handling school

Spinoff Parents editor Emily Writes on her son's adventures at school and how she's learning to adjust to having a school kid.