As most of you are already aware, I am now working (almost full time) as a freelance writer. Because so much of my published writing is about parenting, most of the jobs I’m offered are within the parenting realm. I was blessed to be asked to write for Care.com this past year, and met so many wonderful people through contacting and conducting interviews for the articles I was assigned.
While writing for Care.com, I got to explore topics I was already interested in — cloth diapering, breastfeeding, pediatric sleep — and learn more about topics I had little to no prior knowledge, such as baby developmental stages and social media safety. In August, I took my parenting writing up another level when I was asked to write for ChildVantage, a non-profit organization providing legal services for children.
The articles I write for ChildVantage are cutting-edge, well-informed, thoroughly researched and unbelievably fascinating for me. Not only do I get to pitch and write about topics I’m passionate about, but I also get to delve deeper and learn more about pressing topics dealing with early childhood and parenting.
One evening, my husband and I were discussing my current projects and I lit up when I began telling him about the pieces I was writing for ChildVantage. The more I spoke to him about the articles, the more impassioned I became. I suddenly realized why I was so excited — for the first time in my writing career I was immensely proud of the content I was producing.
That’s not to say that I’m not proud of other pieces I’ve written, because I absolutely am (especially the pieces I’ve written about miscarriage and PPD), but it was a pride stemming from looking back on my writing career. I feel that each parenting article I’ve written, each blog I’ve drafted, prepared me for writing for ChildVantage. The parenting blogs I’ve written for my blog and other large outlets, the network of professionals I’ve developed over the past two years, the interview skills I honed while writing for Care.com — all of these, I feel, prepared me to do the writing I do for ChildVantage.
I am proud of what I’m writing, and feel that I’ve found a “writing home” there. I will truly be sad when the contract ends. Until that time comes, I’ll be sharing some of the articles with all of you. Without further adieu, here are a few of the pieces I’ve written thus far:
I highlight a recent study that found that storytelling at an early age is a crucial building block for developing early literacy skills. I got to work with my graduate school mentor on this piece, whom I’d not spoken with in ten years, and I was happy to be able to reconnect.
In this piece, I highlight a recent study showing the link between a toddler’s laughter and increased retention. I was thrilled when Dr. Tovah Klein, author of How Toddlers Thrive and head of The Toddler Center at Barnard College, agreed to be interviewed for her thoughts on the the study’s findings.
A recent news article, highlighting the donation and installation of a bell at UNC Children’s Hospital inspired me to delve deeper into the world of pediatric cancer. I was honored when Sarah Butler, owner of the cloth diaper company Buttler Bottoms, agreed to share her daughter’s story with me for this article.
I have many more pieces I’m proud of, but the above articles are a few of my favorites. I’m passionate about two things, writing and learning, and ChildVantage allows me to tap into both. I hope you’ll come along with me for the ride!