Parents Archive

Bereavement leave for those grieving after miscarriage is an overdue change

Last night, MP Ginny Andersen's The Holidays (Bereavement Leave for Miscarriage) Amendment Bill was drawn from the members ballot in Parliament. Kathryn Van Beek writes about why she pushed for this change, and why she hopes you'll support it.

Why ACC spending millions on ‘Mates and Dates’ undermines teachers

A new consent education programme for secondary schools isn't being taught by teachers. Health education specialist Katie Fitzpatrick explains why Mates and Dates isn't working.

How to have a sensible discussion about early childhood education

There's been a lot of talk about the state of early childhood education in New Zealand over the last few days. Most of it has been shit. Here's Dr Jess Berentson-Shaw doing what she does best - cutting through the crap so we can have a rational conversation.

My sons’ childcare centre is our other home

Spinoff Parents columnist Angela Cuming writes about what her children's early childhood education centre means to her and her whānau.

I send my kid to the cold equivalent of a prison-yard most days and I’m fine with it

As if parents of pre-schoolers didn't have enough to deal with, a searing column on Monday informed them that the daycares they sent their kids to were kiddie prisons. Duncan Greive examines this appalling situation.

I was a hyperactive kid and here’s my advice for parents

Journalist Baz Macdonald was your quintessential hyperactive child. He looks back on the terror he caused, the productive ways his parents curbed his energy, and the effect it has had on his life.

What you need to know about contraception when you’re breastfeeding

What contraception is the best to use while breastfeeding and after you've given birth?

The difficulties we don’t talk about as step-parents

What is it like to be a step-parent? And how can you support the step-parents around you? Family Therapist (and step-parent) Serafin Dillon writes about being the "other" parent.

Forcing every student to wear trousers won’t make schools more equal

The topic of gender-neutral school uniforms, diversity and equality never seems to be far from the news. It's a topic that seems to rile people up for strange reasons. Rogena Sterling looks at the myths and truths around school uniforms and gender diversity and equality.

The girl with the broken bones goes home: an update

The family whose two children were taken by Oranga Tamariki has finally been reunited. Joris de Bres was there as the court ruling was made to return their daughter. 

Baby Mania: when the desire to be a mother comes long before it’s realistic

Baby on your brain? Catherine Hart talks about her yearning need to be a mum. Have you ever experienced a craving for anything other than food? Perhaps a desire for a …

So your child refuses to go to school? Here’s how to respond

Have you had to deal with grumbling kids who don’t want to go back to school after the winter holidays? Here's what to do. 

Emily Writes: Your anti-abortion protest was silent for a reason

Spinoff Parents editor Emily Writes popped over to Parliament with her fellow short-haired feminist contingent to see what a silent bootie protest looks like.

‘Harden up’ is precisely the wrong message to send our children

From Waikato's DHB boss to Mark Richardson, telling depressed children to toughen up is toxic and dangerous, says Emily Writes

That Aussie journalist is wrong about Jacinda Ardern

An Australian journalist launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern for her parenting choices. Tash Barnfield sums up why Natalie Ritchie's take was such a bad one.

A five-year-old reviews Wellington’s new double decker buses

A five-year-old gives his honest opinion about the new Wellington buses.

Where is the compassion for parents of children with allergies?

Parents of children with severe allergies have been verbally beaten up on Facebook after sensational articles about birthday cake bans at pre-schools

Travelling with the dead: One final journey with my grandmother

Neesha Bremner writes of my grandmother's past and her journey to the place she was happiest.

Rating your Kiwi Childhood: The pros and cons of Saturday morning sport

In the first of our series on formative kid experiences of the 1980s and 1990s, Adam Mamo tackles the highs and very low lows of Saturday morning sport.

Family separation is happening closer to home than you think

 We were all horrified to see children ripped from their parents’ arms at the US-Mexico border last month. Sadly, this kind of thing happens in Australia too.

Emily Writes: And then there were two

Spinoff Parents editor Emily Writes looks back on the change to her family when she had a second child.

Why does my five year old have homework?

Is it Normal? is the Spinoff Parents advice column. We've been inundated with questions but one keeps popping up! We asked new entrants teacher Jessie Moss to answer it.

Beer and playgrounds: Life as a Kiwi mum in Berlin

Leah Hamilton moved to Berlin with her whānau from New Zealand. She explains what it's like raising children in a haven for kids.

Why I am a children’s storyteller

Baz Macdonald has been a children’s storyteller at Vic Books in Wellington for the past three years. He shares some of the reasons why he loves this job, as well as some tips and tricks he has picked up along the way.