Top 4 Tips on How to Juggle Writing and Parenting

by Loolwa Khazzoom • August 12, 2011 • Writing and Editing Tips

Wondering how to juggle writing and parenting? Meagan Francis — full-time mom, full-time freelance writer (Parenting, Yoga Journal, American Baby), and author of two books on postpartum care — offers hot tips on how to do it all, and do it well.

1. If You Can’t Find Time, Make It

So many new and aspiring writers say they don’t have time to write, but watch hours of TV every day, or waste lots of time on message boards and email. (I know from experience!) Especially at the beginning, you may have to lower your standards — fewer home-cooked meals, for example — and use every second you can. Set your laptop up on the kitchen counter and take five minutes here and there to work on a query. Target six to eight publications you want to establish relationships with, instead of scattershot querying all over the place. (The more diluted your efforts, the longer it might take to see results.)

2. Invest in Your Goals

Decide early on what your personal and career goals are, and make sure that whatever you’re doing during the day feeds either a personal or career goal. If you have another job, or very little free time, you’ll either have to let something go, or hire or otherwise enlist help (like for child care or cleaning).

3. Listen Wisely

Instead of listening to people who talk about how difficult or impossible freelancing is, pay attention to what other successful writers are doing. Before you listen to somebody’s opinion about freelancing or take their advice, make sure it’s somebody whose career you’d like to emulate!

4. Value Your Work

Most importantly, don’t under-value your work or talent just because you’re juggling writing and parenting. Believe that you are a professional. Then others in the field — editors, sources, and writers — will believe it too.

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Loolwa KhazzoomLoolwa Khazzoom has worked with leading media outlets, including The New York Times, CNN, Rolling Stone, and ABC News. In addition, she has published two books and has lectured at prestigious venues including Barnard Center for Research on Women, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, and Harvard University. Loolwa is passionate about health, music, dance, multiculturalism, and Judaism.

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