The joys of building a crappy playhouse

Spring is just around the corner, so what better time to start work on your own playhouse? Why let a lack of building prowess or your shitty collection of tools stand in your way?

Fathers share their feels about being fathers on Father’s Day

It's Father's Day in Aotearoa on Sunday. We asked some of the dads we know to share their thoughts about fatherhood.

Crowdsourced tips to get through Father’s Day when the day sucks

Father's Day can sometimes feel like the worst day of the year. So we've crowdsourced advice from people who struggle through the day and want to share ways to make it better.

Emily Writes: When Father’s Day is hard

Father's Day is this Sunday and we will be sharing stories from dads in the days to come. In this piece first published on her blog, Spinoff Parents editor Emily Writes writes about how hard the day can be for some.

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What two-mother families are doing about surnames

Discussions about family surnames in the media tend to ignore the fact that many queer families have been tackling the issue for far longer than most of their heterosexual counterparts.

Emily Writes: The power of brilliant and amazing women

Mothering is wonderful and exhausting. It's hard, but incredible work. And it becomes so much easier when you surround yourself with brilliant and amazing women.

How to tell your child you’re getting divorced

While some kids may skate through their parents’ separation relatively unscathed, many may suffer at least some short term, if not longer term distress. Psychologist Rachael Sharman has some advice.

You’re not a solo parent just because your partner is away a lot

Solo parenting isn't having a week looking after the kids on your own.

The treatment of teacher aides is a feminist issue

Poorly paid, with no job security and no formal career development, the mostly female profession of teacher aide has been badly treated for generations – and the knock-on effects are keeping others out of the workforce. 

Who the fluff is Blippi??

Chances are, if you have kids of a certain age, they know Blippi – and they love him. Angela Cuming, one of Blippi's adult fans, went on a hunt to discover what makes the ice cream loving, stupid hat wearing, US Air Force veteran tick.

Emily Writes: Why I trust my child over most adults

Spinoff Parents editor Emily Writes on how we seek advice and who we should be following and learning from. On a fairly regular basis I am asked for advice. I don’t …

Nida’s story: Escaping from the Nauru detention camp and making a home in NZ

As a toddler, Nida Fiazi escaped Afghanistan with her mother in a quest for survival. Instead they ended up in a detention camp in Nauru. Thalia Kehoe Rowden tells their story.

Rating your Kiwi Childhood: Going to the local dairy with $2

Rating your Kiwi Childhood is all about looking back on your formative experiences as a little kid in the 1980s and a bigger kid in the 1990s. This week, Adam Mamo tackles the joy of going to the local dairy with $2.

Justice for Baby Justus: the fight to overturn a baby name ban goes on

Bevan Marten, the lawyer on a one-man crusade to ensure parents can name their children Justice, is still fighting. Back in January I wrote an article for this website arguing that people …

‘I was so angry that it was so difficult!’ Poet Hollie McNish talks motherhood with Holly Walker

Poet and spoken word artist Hollie McNish is coming to New Zealand to speak at Word Christchurch in September. Holly Walker caught up with McNish to discuss motherhood and writing.

What’s on HEIHEI for older kids?

New kids’ media platform HEIHEI has some great stuff (and also some missable overseas imports). Thalia Kehoe Rowden, with the help of her six-year-old son, gives us the lowdown.