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A Fine Parent is an online community for parents who believe that Great Parents are Made, Not Born.
Each week on the blog I publish one in-depth article.
Initially, I wrote all the articles 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.
What We Look for In the Articles We Publish
There are THREE essential things we look for in every article we publish:
- A powerfully written personal anecdote that connects you with the reader, moves them and engages them in your article
- A unique list of lessons learnt from your experience that helps them walk away with new ideas, perpectives and excitement to try something new in their own lives
- A solid backing for your article in the form of references to your favorite parenting/psychology book and/or relevant research
Additionally, the article MUST
- be written in web-format (well-organized; skimmable; short paragraphs; lists and bullets)
- be original and not published anywhere else before
- include 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. Please keep these short and to the point (please see any article here for example)
- be in the 1,500 – 3,000 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 $75 via Paypal.
If you’re not familiar with the blog, please spend some time reading a few of the articles on this page to get a feel for it first before submitting an article.
We’ve had 3.2 million pageviews so far this year (ie, Jan 01 – Sep 04, 2018). Being published on AFineParent.Com means your article will touch the lives of a lot of parents… so, please send us your best work and follow the writer guidelines.
Terms and Agreement
By submitting the article you agree that it is an original article written by you and that it has not been published or submitted for consideration to publish elsewhere.
By submitting the article you agree not to resubmit the article to any other site until you hear back the publication decision from us.
By submitting the article you agree that if it is chosen for publication, you will not republish it on any other site (including your own) until 4 weeks after the publication date on AFineParent.Com.
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.
The Topics We Are Looking For
For this call for articles, I am looking specifically for articles that fall in one of these categories:
- Basics of Positive Parenting
- “What to do when” type of posts for everyday parenting challenges
- “How to” type posts for things we parents want to teach our kids
If you are new to our site, please pick one of the topics listed below. If you are a veteran here and are familiar with what resonates with our community, you are welcome to submit any article that falls in one of the categories above.
- Common reasons for defiance and misbehavior, why punishment doesn’t work, and why connection is key
- The 4 different parenting styles (include several examples to show the differences)
- Why positive parenting is not the same as permissive parenting (include several examples to show the difference in responses by a positive parent vs a permissive parent)
- What are limits, how to set them and how to follow through
- Time-out vs time-in
- Special time
- Deep dive into any specific technique from positive parenting, gentle parenting, hand-in-hand parenting, conscious discipline etc. with personal anecdotes to help internalize the concept
- What to do when your child refuses to do basic hygiene tasks (eg. brush teeth, have a shower, wear fresh clothes etc.)
- What to do when your child intentionally defies you in public
- What to do when your child refuses to do homework
- What to do when your children keep fighting with each other
- What to do when your kids compete with each other all the time
- What to do if your kids constantly accuse you of not being fair
- What to do when your child refuses to eat
- What to do when your child constantly procrastinates
- What to do if you can’t stand your child’s friends
- What to do when your child constantly asks you to buy stuff
- What to do when your child always dawdles and has no sense of time
- What to do when your child intentionally lies to you
- What to do if your child gives up at the first sign of trouble
- What to do if your child consistently ignores what you say
- What to do if your child lashes out (physically or verbally) at the drop of a hat
- What to do if your child always complains that everyone around them (teachers, friends, you!) is unfair and mean
- What to do when your child refuses to follow rules
- What to do when your child does not share anything with you (about school, friends, fears etc.)
- What to do if you are an introvert, but your child is an extrovert (or vice versa)
- What to do if your child prefers one parent over another
- What to do if every interraction with your child seems to end up in a power struggle
- What to do if you feel like you have nothing in common with your child
- What to do if your child seems to be anxious, stressed or depressed
- What to do if you feel like you will never be as good a parent as you want to be
- What to do if your child calls you a bad parent and says they prefer their friends’ parents
- What to do when your child seems addicted to electronics (tv, touchpad, phone etc.)
- What to do if your child continues to whine instead of being grateful after you do something special for them (an outing, or cook something special etc)
- What to do when your child has taken a hit to their self-esteem / confidence
- What to do if your family doesn’t function like one happy cohesive unit
- What to do if your child acts like a grouch at family gatherings
- How to raise a lifelong learner
- How to raise a child who can think out of the box and survive in any situation
- How to raise a future leader
- How to raise a child who won’t buckle under peer pressure
- How to raise a money-smart child
- How to raise a fearlessly loving child
- How to raise a helper
- How to make sure your child knows how loved he is (without spoiling him in the process)
- How to make your child feel safe without turning into a helicopter parent
- How to help your child excel at school without being a tiger parent
- How to teach your child to make healthy eating choices without making them body conscious
- How to raise a confident child who isn’t arrogant or narcissist
- How to get your kids to listen to you without nagging them to death
- How to make sure your child is getting enough sleep without getting into constant bedtime power struggles
- How to raise a child who is comfortable in their own skin
- How to make a child feel secure
How to Submit
When the submission window is open (please see top of the page for status):
- Send an email to articles @ afineparent . com with the completed article as a word document attachment
- Include the keywords “[Sept 2018 CFA]” in your email subject line. (This is extremely important. We get a LOT of emails, and without these words in your subject line, your email will not be filtered properly and our editors will not receive your email. Thanks in advance for understanding and your cooperation!)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. What can I expect once I submit the article?
When the submission window is open, I do my best to reply to every submission that follows the guidelines with either a yes or no within 3 weeks of receiving your email.
That said, I get a LOT of emails when the submission window is open. If you’ve followed all the guidelines above, but still haven’t heard back from me after 3 weeks, please do send me a reminder. I will try to get back to you asap.
2. What kind of articles are most likely to get accepted?
We’ve been doing this for a few
months years now, and a pattern is beginning to emerge. The articles that resonate with our community (and hence the ones I end up accepting) are the ones where 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 readers.
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 some other child’s mean behavior. Consequently, 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 relatable.
Think of it… you are a parent too. Which one of these would you rather read?
- A preachy list of cliched tips
- OR, a real-life account of what another parent actually did in a very similar situation, their thought process, what they found while researching the topic, the obstacles they came up against and how they triumphed…
Keep it real, conversational, motivating and practical.
If I feel like I can connect to your words and can learn from you, chances are, I will not only publish you, but do everything I can to promote you!
3. Can I submit more than one article?
Not at this time. Please see #2 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.
4. My article was accepted. When will it be published?
Congratulations on your article being accepted! It will be published in the next ~6 months. You will receive an email with a link to your article once it goes live.
NOTE: Please do not submit the article elsewhere or publish it on your own site once it has been accepted for publication on AFineParent.Com and you have been paid for it. Some articles take longer than others to go live, but I assure you, once accepted we will publish your article and get it out to thousands of parents who can benefit from it! You are welcome to publish the articles on your site or elsewhere 4 weeks after the date of publication on AFineParent.Com.
5. My article was not accepted this time. Can I resubmit it next time?
We do call-for-articles only 2-3 times a year. Rather than hold the article until the next call, here are a couple of great lists to find a new home for your article –
- 50+ Websites That Pay for Parenting Articles
- Submission Opportunities for Family/Parenting Articles (via beyondyourblog.com)
PS: If you’ve made it this far, I think we’ll get along just fine! I look forward to reading your article 🙂