Kindred Mom is a gracious community that believes motherhood is a sacred and beautiful journey of discovery. We are committed to holding space for moms who are looking for connection, guidance, encouragement, and truth about the incredible role of a mother within the family.
Kindred Mom is looking to feature original story-driven essays with encouraging and empowering messages for moms who are in the trenches of caring for their families. We are looking for essays that:
> Share vulnerable, authentic motherhood experiences
> Include timeless truths about mothering and family
> Incorporate practical ideas that help moms who are navigating the early and grade-school years with children.
> Promote respect and grace for all women regardless of their unique life circumstances or backgrounds
> Speak to the heart of moms who want to flourish in motherhood at each stage of the journey
We are happy to receive story-driven essays on any topic that encourages moms with a hopeful message, or provides practical insight for any part of mothering/life as a mom, but advise writers to consult our monthly topics for guidance. If you are interested in submitting an essay for consideration, please familiarize yourself with the core values and monthly themes below.
We communicate most effectively with writers who subscribe to our writer-specific email list. If we have special opportunities come up, that is where we will reach out. We also send out a courtesy reminder about upcoming deadlines to this list.
Thanks so much for your interest in writing for Kindred Mom. As we curate content to feature in this space, we strive to tailor our content for moms in the trenches of motherhood, most of whom are likely moms with more than one child and at least a few kids between the ages of 1-12 years old. That doesn’t mean the content we feature won’t appeal to moms in other stages, but if an essay doesn’t at all speak to moms in this zone, it is probably not a fit for our community.
Strong essays provide hope and practical guidance to the mom trying to find her bearings in the sea of parenting children. We feature pieces that whisper hope and offer practical help from a non-preachy perspective. We have come to believe that great personal storytelling + some takeaway ideas are the most effective way to reach and resource these moms.
In all cases, we look for vulnerable/personal detail-rich stories. We heartily welcome essays from new moms and mentor-moms alike, all for the enrichment and benefit of the women in our community and readership. We do feature Christian-faith inspired content, but do so judiciously with an eye on the reality that not all readers of Kindred Mom are Christians. As such, we request that essays be written with inclusive language that will be understood by anyone regardless of their faith background.
JANUARY – Self-Care for Moms
Essay submissions for this series can be on any of the following topics (or anything else you think falls under the umbrella) of Self-Care or Soul-Care.
Prioritizing Physical Health – fitness, rest, sleep, healthy eating
Engaging in Activities that provide Soul Care – planned time for moms to refresh their spirits
Clarifying Vision & Goals/Intentional Living in the Little years – finding a sense of identity and purpose, family & personal goals, habits to begin or habits to break, how to keep a to-do list manageable, prayer and spiritual guidance for moms who want to see the bigger picture of their investment in their families
FEBRUARY – A Look at Love
Essay submissions for this series can be on any of the following topics (or anything else you think falls under the umbrella) of Love or Loving Well.
The Sacrificial Nature of Love – exploring the side of love that is more than happy feelings
Marriage – communication, fun together, tending the marriage relationship
Loving Our Kids/Parenting Resources – a child’s love language, intentionally building a child’s character, effective and love-driven discipline,
Community – making time to foster friendships during the busy season of motherhood, how to support friends, building a village/creating intentional community
Healthy boundaries and navigating challenging relationships including families affected by divorce, blended families, co-parenting challenges, etc
MARCH – Becoming a Resilient Mom
Essay submissions for this series can be on any of the following topics (or anything else you think falls under the umbrella) of Resilience and mothering from a centered place.
Exploring what resilience looks like in the parenting years
Ways out of Overwhelm & Discouragement
Dealing with big feelings as a Mama – protectiveness, discouragement, worry, mom guilt, loneliness and how to cultivate patience, respond to children with gentleness, and deal with anger in a healthy way
APRIL – Intentional Family Culture
Essay submissions for this series can be on any of the following topics (or anything else you think falls under the umbrella) of Intentionally Cultivating your Family Culture.
Screens & Technology – setting limits, protecting kids from pornography, social media & kids, internet safety, age-appropriate introduction to different resources and skills, Self-Esteem, cyber bullying
Intentionally Adventurous/Outside – Charlotte Mason philosophy, outdoor play, nature, natural world, sparking wonder, intentionally disconnected “quiet” homes with no/little tv & reduced online access for kids, fostering play
Family Values – establishing meaningful rhythms/traditions, family fun nights, meals together, family mission statements, house rules
MAY – Cherishing Childhood
Essay submissions for this series can be on any of the following topics (or anything else you think falls under the umbrella) of Cherishing Childhood.
Connecting with Kids
Making Memories – Family time, summer fun, family vacations, road trips & travel
Capturing & Archiving Memories – taking great photos, organizing memories, preserving sentimental things
This space is free of any kind of judgement, shaming, guilt, competition, divisive behavior, disparaging words, and profit-motivated promotion.
Kindred Mom is focused primarily on providing encouragement and resources to moms. If you have a product or service you believe will serve our readers, please contact us for information about advertising opportunities. Submissions that clearly plug a product or service will not be accepted.
Essays must be original and not posted anywhere else, including your own blog. Successful essays are those that reflect skilled writing, share vulnerably from your own experience, have been proofread by someone who can catch the major spelling and grammar mistakes, speak to our target audience, and embody the heart behind the Kindred Mom community.
From experience, our team has noticed patterns in the essays that resonate most with us. The strongest entries are typically those that are vulnerable, full of rich details, do not try to cover too much in a short space, and really drive home a single hero line/idea/encouragement for the mom that might resonate with the story you share. In the past we have typically requested some minor edits to finalize essays that have been featured on Kindred Mom, but we will be doing this very selectively going forward. Essays that are not ready for feature as-is will most-likely be declined.
It is our hope to avoid any “so-so” feeling after reading an essay, and we love when an essay draws us into the details, lets us feel what you are feeling, and sends us away with a gem of hope/encouragement in there somewhere.
Please submit only one essay per month for consideration.
Essays should be between 600-1200 words.
We encourage you to have someone proofread your essay before submitting it.
Please do not submit an essay under an alias. If privacy is a concern for you, please make note of it in your submission and if we choose to publish your essay, we will be in touch about how to properly credit you and also maintain your privacy.
You do not need to have a blog, nor do you need to be an experienced writer in order to submit, but we do value artful, vulnerable, and skillful writing over thoughts that are cliché or generic. Including too much chronology in a story is a common problem in essays that come in. Don’t be afraid to narrow down to a very specific time/encounter/example to illustrate your insights.
We receive submissions from anyone who has a well-written essay that fits with our vision, and would love to hear from ‘regular moms’.
We will source photos to accompany your essay if it is featured. If you have a photo that you have taken yourself that you feel is a good fit to accompany your essay for a particular reason, please make note of it in your submission and we’ll request it from you for consideration after your essay is accepted. Please do not supply a photo that is sourced from somewhere else. Original photos are all that we’re able to consider at this time.
It is very helpful for us if your name, email, and a suggested title for your piece appears at the top of your essay in the field that you paste your submission into. If you do not have a title to offer, feel free to put (Title TBD).
Every featured post will be credited and linked (when applicable) to the author’s blog, and on the date an essay is published on Kindred Mom, we would love for the author to post an excerpt on their blog and/or social media platforms linking to the full post.
Please note the deadline for consideration within a specific month is the 10th day of the previous month.
Thank you for sharing your thoughtful words with our community.
For December – submit by November 10
For January – submit by December 10
For February – submit by January 10
For March – submit by February 10
For April – submit by March 10
For May – submit by April 10
**Please note, Kindred Mom will be on hiatus for June and July, and as such, there is no submission deadline for those months.