Should summer school holidays be only four weeks?

Should we have shorter school holidays?

Why are so many birth injuries not covered by ACC?

Pregnancy and birth-related injuries are all too common, but due to ACC's strict rules around causation many new mothers are forced to live with excruciating, untreated pain.

Summer reissue: ‘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.

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Summer reissue: A mother gives up drinking

I’ve seen more sober sunrises now than I can count, and each one holds more meaning for me than any cocktail hour.

The best of Emily Writes in 2018

The very best of New Zealand's smartest, funniest parenting writer.

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

Masculinity must be about how much money a guy earns: the more you make the more masculine you are. That's why Bill Gates was the world’s most masculine man for so many years.

Summer reissue: Real life stories of having sex after having a baby

It's the topic that always comes up after a few wines between mums: who's having sex and who's not? We present a no holds barred tell-all about the sexual experiences of mothers.

Summer reissue: Sick kids, desperate parents and bad science

Inside a Facebook group where anti-vaxx propaganda is promoted as information for 'informed consent'.

Love, and the magic of Christmas, inside the neonatal intensive care unit

Hundreds of families this Christmas across New Zealand will spend their baby or babies first Christmas in a neonatal unit. Here's how they're spreading Christmas cheer.

The world’s shittiest game, Trumpty-Dumpty, is now on sale in NZ toy shops

The Presidential Wall Game is an ugly celebration of Trumpian nationalism and has no place on NZ shelves, argues Emily Writes.

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.