Thank you for your interest in writing for AFineParent. At this time, we’re accepting articles by invitation only.
Guidelines for Invited Articles
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 4.3 million pageviews so far this year (ie, Jan 01 – Sep 18, 2019). 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
At this time 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, here is a sample of the topics we would like some articles on [as of Sept 2019].
- How to raise a child who won’t buckle under peer pressure
- How to raise a helper
- How to make sure your child knows how loved he is (without spoiling him in the process)
- 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 raise a child who is comfortable in their own skin
- How to make a child feel secure
- What are limits, how to set them and how to follow through
- 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.)
- How to help a child with impulse control
- How to teach your child stranger safety without freaking them out
- [If you have a great chore system in your family, we would love an article about it]
- Monitoring vs Mentoring – A critical look at raising kids in the digital age
- 10 neuroscience findings EVERY parent should know
- Ages and stages – what “behavioral challenges” you should expect at each stage of your child’s growing up
- 3 things you can do while your child is having a meltdown (and 10 things to do after)
- Examples of Positive Parenting Response Vs Authoritarian Response for Common Parenting Situations (include 5-10 situation with reasoning behind each response)
How to Submit
Please note: we are only accepting invited articles at the moment.
If you are an invited writer, please reply to our discussion thread with the completed article as a word document attachment or a shared google doc.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. What can I expect once I submit the article?
I do my best to reply to every submission that follows the guidelines within 1 week of receiving your email.
That said, I get a LOT of emails. If you were invited to write for us and you’ve followed all the guidelines above, but still haven’t heard back from me after 1 week, please do send me a gentle nudge. 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 ~3 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. I have an awesome article, but it looks like your submission window is closed. Should I hold it until your submission window opens?
If you have a good article, rather than hold it, here are a couple of great lists to find a new home for your article so you can reach the parents who can benefit from 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 🙂