Parents Archive

How to ruin one of the biggest days in a young person’s life

A last minute cancelation of the final day of school at Mount Albert Grammar has deprived its students of one of the most emotional moments of their lives, writes Duncan Greive, parent to a MAGS school leaver.

The Spinoff reviews New Zealand #72: Kowhai Park, the nation’s best playground

Best playground in New Zealand? According to whom, exactly? Tara Ward and her kids review Whanganui's greatest claim to fame.

Maureen Pugh’s mum and the power of unconditional love

The mother of Maureen Pugh, the National MP whom Simon Bridges called 'fucking useless', has rounded on the party leader, calling him a 'dumb arse' in return. Good on her, says Emily Writes.

Thank you, and see you soon, from The Spinoff Parents

Emily Writes bids an emotional goodbye to The Spinoff Parents, a world unto itself she dreamed up and shaped.

The ‘no fault’ fallacy: Looking back at our 18 months of ACC hell

Eight years ago a birth accident resulted in Andrew Dickson's son being diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Today Dickson is still battling the ACC for compensation.

New Zealand can’t congratulate itself on International Safe Abortion Day

With abortion still in the Crimes Act and other people getting to decide whether pregnant people can terminate, we really have no reason to feel safe.

We’re living in a golden age of feminist storytelling. And it’s only beginning

The rise in feminist writing is long overdue and will only grow, writes Claire Murdoch for RNZ.

How a Hamilton mum created a community based on cloth nappies

Cloth nappies are making a resurgence and Hamilton mum Emily Holdaway is doing her best to help families give them a go by starting a pay it forward campaign. 

On motherhood: Hollie McNish and Emily Writes in conversation

Listen to British poet Hollie McNish and Spinoff Parents editor Emily Writes' session from WORD Christchurch

I Survived: the zoo with my kids

In suburban Wellington, a mother of two boys is slowly losing her mind. In the first episode of 'I Survived...', Emily Writes tells us about the time she survived going …

How a Facebook group for mothers is empowering women writers

An online group has been nurturing mum writers for the past two years, organising writing events, retreats, childcare and support. Member and mother Nichole Brown reports on how it's changing lives.

Why are we rejoicing in the punishment of children?

Child shaming and rejoicing in the punishment of children is horrible, and it's part of a wider trend of the hatred of children becoming acceptable.

What parents really need to know about the ERO sex education report

The ERO has released a new report on sexuality education in New Zealand schools. It’s important that parents read beyond the more sensational media headlines

Turning Māori Language Week into a life-long celebration of te reo and whānau

Nichole Brown shares her love of Te Reo Māori and her hope that together we can turn Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori into more than a week-long celebration of a beautiful language.

The Five Stages of Toilet Training grief

Toilet training – there are all kinds of ways to make it work, and it's fairly easy. Unless it isn't.

There’s a better way than Ray Avery’s pods to save babies in developing countries

Sometimes, the solution to a big problem doesn’t lie in western technology. Sometimes the solution can be simple

My baby might not survive

Geraldine Ramirez is coming to terms with finding out her precious baby may not live through labour or beyond. Here she shares her story.

The truth about eating disorders: What parents need to know

Amberleigh Jack is in recovery from a youth spent in the grips of an eating disorder. Here she talks about signs parents can look out for to protect and support their children.

Disgusting: Jacinda Ardern is doing her job and is a parent. How dare she?

The prime minister has come under fire over a decision to fly to the Pacific Islands Forum in Nauru for 36 hours. Emily Writes listens and learns

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.

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.