Why #mothersdayfail is the absolute worst

Don't be a dick this Mother's Day.

No I don’t want a fucking cake mixer for Mother’s Day

Gosh mothers are lucky. They get one day a year where they get treated nicely for a few hours. Mother's Day! Hurrah!

Penalising part-time teachers is a gender pay gap issue

Paying part-time teachers less for equivalent work than their full-time counterparts is evidence of how the gender pay gap has sneaked into the state sector.

When Mother’s Day hurts…

For many, Mother's Day isn't a day of celebration. Here, a mother explains why she finds Mother's Day so tough.

Parents Archive

Emily Writes: An open invitation to Mike Hosking

Mike Hosking argues that kindy teachers don't deserve to be paid like high school teachers. But does he have any idea what an early childhood educator actually does?

How to keep your family warm this winter

Winter is coming. As part of our budgeting series brought to you by the awesome folks at Flick Electric, here's everything you need to know about keeping your family warm over the coming months.

Where is the support for Māori midwives?

Hinerangi Rhind-Wiri from Māori Public Health organisation Hāpai Te Hauora asks if we are considering the distinct and important needs of Māori midwives and whānau alike.

Why is bitching about teens and teachers our national sport?

High school teacher, counsellor, and mother of three Louisa Woods considers the way we talk about teachers and teenagers in light of the latest 'school scandal' which was anything but.

A letter to my son’s birth mother

Today, the Sunday before Mother's Day, is recognised by some as 'Birth Mother's Day'. Here a mother writes in celebration of the woman who gave birth to her son.

March of the Midwives

Midwives around New Zealand marched today, protesting pay rates and working conditions across the industry. Don Rowe joined the march up Auckland's main street.

20 things I want my sons to know for 2018

Kristen Joiner reflects on what she wants her teenage sons to know about life in this new world they're growing up in.

The Mummy Crush: why great mum friends are worth their weight in gold

Juliet Speedy knows the importance of a close group of mama friends. Here she talks about the feeling we've surely all had: The Mummy Crush. 

Emily Writes: What am I creating for my children?

Spinoff Parents editor Emily Writes reflects on the death of a family member and what it means to be a mother. 

Budget tips for NZ families, from NZ families

Setting a budget and sticking to it is really hard and The Spinoff Parents regularly gets asked to pull together budget tips that real parents use. Here are the best crowd-sourced tips from parents around the country.

Benefit sanctions are cruel and they’re hurting mothers

In response to recent comments defending the cruelty of benefit sanctions for mothers, Dr Rebekah Graham brings us the case of Anna, a young mother whose benefit sanction made an already difficult situation worse. 

What’s it really like being an Army wife?

With Anzac Day just around the corner, we asked #ArmyWife Greer Berry to share with us the ups and downs of being married to a person in the New Zealand Defence Force.