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Stop letting your kids watch horror films

Trying to navigate what films and games your child consume can be difficult. But R18 means R18, says Emily Writes.

Inside the secret world of co-sleepers

It's time to reveal the truth about co-sleepers. Emily Writes exposes the secret lives of families who bed share.

Inside New Zealand’s unregulated sperm donor industry

Why are New Zealand women eschewing fertility clinics and looking for sperm donors online? And why are Kiwi men donating to strangers they meet on Facebook groups? Amy Nelmes Bissett uncovers a world of hope and risk.

Ten stupid toys your kids don’t need for Christmas

TradeMe has released its list of the Top 10 most-searched toys for 2018. Emily Writes tries to figure out what the hell they are.

Emily Writes: In defence of Halloween

Halloween in New Zealand is still not really a thing. But Emily Writes thinks it maybe should be.

Emily Writes: Would you want to be a kid again?

Emily Writes has been considering how great it is to be a kid while staying up until midnight making a Halloween costume for her child who wants to be a "bubble".

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.