STATUS: The submission window is currently OPEN and the submission deadline is Monday, September 25th, 2017 5:00 pm CDT.
A Fine Parent is an online community for parents who believe that Great Parents are Made, Not Born.
We focus on parenting topics that can help us become better people and better parents. Each week on the blog I publish one in-depth article related to positive/gentle/intentional parenting.
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.
What I Look for In the Articles We Publish –
- the article MUST be relevant (you can find a list of our popular articles and categories we cover on this page. Also, please see the subsection below about the topics we are looking for)
- 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
- the article MUST be written in web-format (well-organized; skimmable; short paragraphs; lists and bullets)
- the article MUST include references to at least one published book, research article or other authoritative reference. Additionally, you are welcome to link to authority articles on your own blog
- 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) paragraphs at the bottom of the article. Please keep these short and to the point (please see any article here for example)
- Most articles on the blog are 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 $50 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.
The Topics We Are Looking For
Most articles we publish these days revolve around positive/gentle/intentional parenting. So pretty much anything that falls in this general category, follows the guidelines above, and has not already been published is welcome!
Additionally, we love articles about teaching emotional intelligence, grit, resilience, growth mindset, building character and sharing values – in a positive, nurturing way. (Please note that we have already published general introductory articles on each of these topics, so the newer articles need to approach it from a different angle. For example, here is an article about emotional intelligence that has a sideways approach to the topic that did really well.)
Articles that link child behavior / parenting with studies in neuroscience or psychology, and/or include brain hacks, are my personal favorites and do well on the site too. We don’t nearly have enough of these articles, so if you send me a well-written one on this topic, I will be very grateful 🙂
Articles that focus on strong-willed kids, or intense kids also do very well.
A few specific topics that were requested by our community members, or are inspired by reader emails:
- How to break a child out of an unhealthy self-soothing habit (eg. thumb sucking, nail biting, fidgeting etc.)
- How to make sure we do not inadvertently invalidate our kids feelings (eg. by saying “It’s OK” when they are hurt physically or emotionally) (This could also be part of an article with a broader scope)
- How to help kids feel secure about your love for them (Eg., one of our moms wrote: “When I praise some other child, my daughter needs some kind of reassurance that I still love her the most in the world.”)
- How to teach your kids to be considerate/humble/flexible/accommodating/sensitive to others without turning into a doormat/people pleaser/praise junkie.
- 10 Reasons Why Your Child Pushes You Away (And How to Respond)
- How to Make Sure Your Child Has a Positive Inner Voice
Again, please take a look here to see what resonates best (and what is already covered).
How to Submit
When the submission window is open (please see top of the page for status):
- Send me an email at sumitha @ afineparent . com with the completed article
- Include the keywords “Kick-ass Article for AFP” in your email subject line. (I get a LOT of mail, so this is extremely important to ensure that I can respond to your email promptly – thanks in advance!)
- For articles submitted when the submission window is open and follow the submission guidelines, I generally respond within 2 weeks with an answer one way or another. If you do not hear back from me within 2 weeks please do send me a reminder as things sometimes fall through the cracks.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. How often do you issue call-for-articles?
It depends on how many articles I accepted in the previous call-for-articles. For 2017, I’m expecting it to be 2-3 times.
2. 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 2 weeks of receiving your email.
That said, I get a LOT of emails when the submission window is open.
A few of these are totally off the mark (Poetry for this site? Seriously?). Over the years I’ve got a bit jaded, and I no longer respond to such emails. If you are in this category, I am truly sorry — your passion and mine don’t intersect. Please, let’s each just go on our own ways and not bother the other!
On the other hand, if you’ve read this site, know what it’s about and really believe your article to be a good fit but still haven’t heard back from me, please do send me a reminder! I will try to get back to you asap.
3. 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, the research supporting it, 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!
4. Can I submit more than one article?
Not at this time. Please 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.
5. My article was not accepted this time. Can I resubmit it next time?
We do call-for-articles only a few 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 🙂