Writer guidelines

Writer guidelines
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Blog Submission Policies for Raising Troubled Kids

Thank you for your interest in writing for “Raising Troubled Kids”!  It is important that a variety of perspectives and experiences are included in this family-focused blog.  I’m looking for articles with the following qualities:

BASICS

  • 500 to ~1000 words, but I’m not terribly picky.  Lengthier articles ~1200 words may get simple edits to reduce word count.  I may also change words to improve SEO content.
  • Your photos are encouraged, and the photographer will be credited.  I may add photos if you only have a couple.  A larger photo file (0.5 -1 MB) helps to reduce blur or out-of-focus images.
  • You retain copyright, but in my footer I authorize the redistribution of articles for educational purposes only, and insist that the author is credited and linked.
  • Direct advertising is not allowed, but links to your site will be included and a blurb is allowed.
  • Your audience is any family member of a child, teen, or young adult between the ages of 5 to 25.  The child need not have a diagnosed disorder or addiction, but shows symptoms of a disorder or addiction.
  • Readership includes: parents or main caregivers;  siblings; boyfriend/girlfriend/step-parent; grandparent; or someone else close to the child.  This site is also read by people who refer readers: mental health professionals, friends, teachers, ministers, grandparents, etc.
  • Claims stated as fact should be substantiated.  Links and citations are encouraged.

CONTENT IDEAS

  • Personal stories and lessons learned
  • Education, information, resources, and news
  • Practical steps or interventions a family can implement to:
    • manage or reduce harmful behavior
    • ease family stress
    • help the child function (school, relationships, physical health)
  • Supportive comments and encouragement.
  • How to:  work with schools and medical providers; identify the right care; handle stress and family relationships; create safety plans; deal with stigma, etc.
  • Political and religious/spiritual subject matter is accepted if directly applicable to families with troubled children-teens-young adults, such as prayer and meditation, or laws and regulations affecting families and mental illness and mental health.