Write for Us, Share Your Hard-Earned Parenting Wisdom, Get Paid

Write for us,  share your light, get paid!The Short Version:

  • Write for us about Our Current Topic.
  • Submit detailed outline by Mar 3rd.
  • I will let you know if your outline is accepted on Mar 6th.
  • The first draft of the full article is due by Mar 13th.
  • Payment will be made within 24 hours of receiving the final draft.
  • Payment per accepted article is $100 + links + a shot at the annual bonus.

(NOTE: This page is updated on the 1st of each month with a new topic and submission dates. Please sign up here for notifications.)

The Long Version:

A Fine Parent is an online community for parents who believe that Great Parents are Made, Not Born.

We focus on one topic each month that can help us become better people and better parents. Each week on the blog I publish one in-depth article related to the monthly topic.

Initially, I wrote all the articles for this blog myself. After sharing a few readers stories and guest posts however, I realized just how much we can all benefit from shared wisdom and diverse voices. Hence this call for you to write for us.

If you are constantly working on becoming a better parent, if you have a few hard-earned nuggets of wisdom under your sleeve, if you see another parent and instantly connect, AND if you happen to be a writer as well… boy, have we been waiting for you!

What We Look for In the Articles We Publish -

  • the article MUST offer practical and actionable advice/tips
  • the article MUST contain personal stories and anecdotes that connect with the other parents in our community (blah list posts won’t cut it)
  • the article MUST be written in web-format (well-organized; skimmable; short paragraphs; lists and bullets when possible; custom illustrations like the one at the bottom of this article when possible)
  • the article MUST include references to books, research or other authoritative references (you can even link to articles on your own blog as long as it is relevant and offers value)
  • the article MUST be original and not published anywhere else before
  • the article MUST contain the mandatory “2-minute action plan” (contemplation/reflection questions) and the “long-term action plan” (specific action to take over the next week) sections at the bottom of the article (see the bottom of any article for samples)
  • Most articles on the blog are in the 1500 – 2500 words range. I prefer to stick to that range, but will make exceptions on a case-by-case basis.

Articles selected for publication will be paid $100 via paypal.

By submitting the article you agree that if your article is published, I will retain the rights to republish or reuse the material in the future, of course with due credit to you.

If you’re not familiar with the blog, please spend some time on this page to get a feel for it first. You may even consider joining our community and just watching what gets posted for a bit before you start writing for us.

Challenge + Bonus!

If you keep those points above in mind as you write for us, I’m sure you’ll have a kick-ass article to share.

But is it the kick-ass-est?

On December 31st, if your article is at the top of our popular articles list, you’ll be the winner of a special bonus of $200.

Do you have it in you to get to the top? What would you do with an extra $200?

The gauntlet has been thrown… it’s your choice to pick it up.

How to Submit

  • Send me an email with the article outline before the deadline. Include as many details as possible to help me make an informed decision (for instance, mention any background stories that you plan to tie in, a list of the practical tips that will be included, references that will be used, any books that will be mentioned etc.)
  • If you have published online before, please send me a few links so I can get a sense of your writing style.
  • If your outline is accepted, send the completed article as a word document before the deadline.
  • Include the keywords “Kick-ass Article for AFP” in ALL your email subject lines. (I get a LOT of mail, so this is extremely important to ensure that you receive a prompt response from me).
  • Send the emails to sumitha @ afineparent . com (without the spaces).

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. I missed the deadline for this month, or this month’s topic does not resonate with me. Do you by any chance have a list of the future topics?

Yes, sort of. A Fine Parent has been evolving into a true community blog and the topics we cover now are picked by our readers through a survey. Here is a link to the response from our latest survey that should give you an idea of what we will cover next.

2. How do you notify me about the outline?

I do my best to notify everyone of (a) the receipt of the outline and (b) the final decision. It will help immensely if you include the keywords “Kick-ass Article for AFP” in ALL your email subject lines. I receive a lot of mails and those words are part of an email filter that marks your mails as important so I can respond in a timely manner.

3. What kind of articles are more likely to get selected?

We’ve been doing this for a few months now, and a pattern is beginning to emerge. The articles that I end up publishing are the ones where I see that you personally relate to the topic you’ve chosen to write about and hence will be able to connect more authentically and genuinely with the reader.

For instance, if you are writing about how to teach kids to be compassionate, then either you’ve had to deal with your child acting unexpectedly mean, or your child has been a victim of bullying. Also, the “lessons learned” / “what I’m trying to do” / “what is working for me now” parts of your article tend to be much more real and not a riff off of a few Google searche results.

Think of it… You are a parent too. Which one of these would you rather read — a preachy list of things of what you must do in any given situation, or a real-life account of what another parent did in a very similar situation, their thought process, the obstacles they came up against and how they triumphed?

4. Can I submit more than one outline?

No. Please submit only one outline per month. See #3 above. I’d rather that the focus be on quality than on quantity, and you send me that one article about the topic that most resonates with you.

Alright, moving on…

Our Current Topic

The topic for this month’s submissions is “Emotional Intelligence”

If you are a long-time member and have a feel for what works, please feel free to run with your own ideas.

On the other hand, if this is your first submission please pick one of the suggestions below that resonates the most with you and you have personal experience with.  Anecdotes, unique perspectives and lessons learnt are highly valued, while hashed up lists compiled using Google search generally don’t make the cut.

We would love any articles where you can bring professional advice from your day job and apply it in a clever and practical way to our monthly topic — those are some of the most highly prized articles we seek out!

OK, here we go –

1. What is Emotional Intelligence, and Why Should Parents Care

This article will be the basic foundation article that will introduce the topic of emotional intelligence to the readers. It should skillfully tie in anecdotes – both about parents EQ and EQ in kids – and research findings, to provide an overall  overview of EQ and it’s importance in parenting.

2. X Self Regulation Strategies That Will Teach Your Kids to Be Insanely Calm

An extended list post or How-to guide format; heavy on anecdotes and research. OR professional perspective like this article.

3. How to Build Confidence in Kids in a World Ready to Rip it Apart

An extended list post or How-to guide format; heavy on anecdotes and research. OR professional perspective like this article.

4. 50 Things You Can Do To Make Your Kids Street Smart

Intro with strong personal anecdote + list of age appropriate things parents can do to make kids streetsmart – similar to this article.

5. How to Motivate Kids To Be Their Best

The intro that acknowledges that (a) all we parents can do is encourage our kids to do/be their best (b) we have no control over how things turn out, ie., the end results (c) help kids see this as well etc. with strong personal anecdotes and lead in to an expanded list of tips that motivate/focus on effort, initiative, drive, commitment, grit, optimism, working smart etc.

6. How to Respond When Your Child is Sad, Angry or Scared

Basics of emotion coaching particularly what to do when our kids show “negative” emotions with anecdotes + clear, step-by-step examples (see #5 of this article).

7. Active Listening: How to Master The Skill That Will Make You A Noticeably More Effective Parent

A detailed guide on active listening with anecdotes + clear, step-by-step examples (see #5 of this article).

8. How to Help Your Shy Kids Be More Confident

An extended list post or How-to guide format; heavy on anecdotes and research. OR professional perspective like this article.

9. How to Help Your Introverted Child be More Social

An extended list post or How-to guide format; heavy on anecdotes and research. OR professional perspective like this article.

10. Social Skills for Kids: Teaching How to Win Friends and Influence People

Basics of teaching kids social skills with anecdotes + clear, step-by-step examples (see #5 of this article).