Being a parent can be a great asset when it comes to writing about children and family oriented topics, as you accumulate quite a bit of personal experience over the years. However, non-parents also have much that they can contribute, depending on their education, training and background on childcare or family oriented issues. People who excel as freelance kids/family writers have a genuine passion for this field and are willing to expand their knowledge to encompass the numerous aspects of this profession.
Children and family topics are extensive, to say the least, ranging from parenting issues to family living, issues on faith, child discipline and education, homeschooling, family excursions, health and dietary habits, hobbies and much, much more. Writing on any one of these topics requires that you acquire sufficient knowledge to discuss the topic at hand. This knowledge can be gained through a wide variety of sources including books, magazines, the internet, etc. When it comes to writing about kids and family related topics, you need to be accurate, open-minded and positive in your articles. Your material should serve to educate, encourage or provide viable solutions to problems concerning the topic at hand. Topics of a more serious nature require thorough research to provide up-to-date information that is correct and truthful, to the best of your ability.
Always keep in mind your audience when writing about children and family matters. Your material may be read by parents or parents-to-be, educators, childcare workers or university students seeking motivation, inspiration or assistance in a particular area. You should strive to provide readers with useful and constructive information that will edify them in some way or guide them to making wiser decisions.
There are many useful websites offering guidelines for freelance kids/family writers that provide practical tips and advice on how to write enriching and captivating material. These sites also provide insight into article topics, structure and format to improve your writing skills.
Writing style is equally as important as content, as it will reflect your personal interest and concern (or lack, thereof) for the topic at hand. If you hope to succeed as a freelance kids/family writer, you must be willing to put thought, effort and enthusiasm into your work. Your passion for excellence will distinguish your work above others and give it a personal and unique appeal.
Julie R is a freelance writer available on WriterAccess, a marketplace where clients and expert writers connect for assignments.