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Editorial Policy

Welcome to WeHaveKids! We are a community of parents, guardians, caregivers, teachers, and family members writing about and sharing our parenting knowledge and know-how about children, education, and the entire family unit. We pair our family and education writers with professional editors to help produce the best possible content. We welcome writers that have knowledge and expertise in this area and are willing to share it with the world. We hope that you will join us!

While we welcome enthusiastic writers on WeHaveKids, we only approve high-quality articles—authors must comply with the HubPages.com editorial policy. Some of the content, particularly pregnancy articles, on WeHaveKids are held to an even higher standard than our general editorial policy because they are considered YMYL (Your Money or Your Life) articles; in other words, the advice could have an impact on the reader’s health and well-being. YMYL content on any of the HubPages network sites must be trustworthy and accurate.

Credibility: Authors demonstrate credibility in a number of ways. If your content is YMYL, e.g., pregnancy or health content, you must meet the following benchmarks to be on WeHaveKids.

  1. Professional Experience: Are you a medical, health professional, or an educator, e.g., doctor, nurse, pharmacist, teacher, etc.? We would love to have you educate us about some aspect of your practice or professional experience.
  2. Personal Life Experience: Readers need to trust your information especially if it is about their child or their pregnancy health. Articles written from experience build trust. Do you have personal experience with what you are writing about? Were you recently pregnant and experienced the condition you are referring to, or are you a parent with special knowledge on the topic? It will be helpful and sometimes even comforting to learn your story and see how you dealt with a particular problem that other people might also have.
  3. Citing Your Sources: If you do not have direct personal or professional experience with your topic, it doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t write for WeHaveKids—it just means our criteria might be a bit different for you. Clearly, you’ve done your homework to write your article, and we’d like you to share where you found your information. (See “Citing Your Sources,” below.)

Reader Trust: Because your content can potentially impact your reader’s health or their child’s health, it is important to establish trust right from the start. Here are three easy features that appear at the very beginning of your article that will help you do just that:

  1. About the Author Bio: Nothing builds trust like an author bio. Say something about who you are, what you do—and most importantly—whether you have any personal or professional experience with your topic. 
  2. Author Photo: We think your dog is cute, but for the author photo it’d be great to see a picture of you or you and your child. Your reader is more likely to trust your content when you’ve included a real photo of yourself.
  3. Use Your Real Name: Using your real name (or a pen name), rather than a cute/clever/random moniker, can also help build reader trust. An author named “coolbeans” doesn’t sound quite as credible as an author with a name that sounds real.

Citing Your Sources: To establish credibility if you don’t have personal experience with your YMYL topic, you must cite your sources. Here are some guidelines:

  • Tell us more about your research process. Which websites, books, etc., did you consult?
  • Create a "sources" section at the end of the article. This will significantly boost your article's credibility.
  • A “sources” section also gives readers a great place to start if they’re interested in learning more.
  • Are you writing a personal account of a medical condition or health issue? You may wish to provide context with background facts and figures about the condition. Create a “sources” section so the reader knows where you got your information.
  • Every coin has two sides, and most research topics have at least that many angles. If you can also cite counter research, and perhaps explain the limitations of that work, you may increase your article’s credibility.

A Few Additional Tips: In addition to these requirements, we have listed a few tips and some recommendations to help craft a high-quality article that will have the best chance of being accepted on WeHaveKids.

What We Like to See:

  • Answer the Question of Your Title Quickly, Then Build: Readers want to be given the answer to their query quickly. If they don’t think they are going to get it, they often hit the back button to continue their search. The best articles answer the reader’s question quickly then go into more detail further down the page.
  • Original and Beautiful Photos: It’s wonderful when articles contain high-quality images, preferably taken by the author. If not taken by the author, it helps if photos are at least accurately sourced and of high quality. If you are writing about your child or a family event, include an image. Your reader is more likely to trust and take advice from a fellow parent that they can relate to.
  • Readability: Most of the readers on WeHaveKids come from a mobile device. To make their experience better, we recommend using tables, bullets, and numbered lists in your article to break up the content. Adding callout capsules and breaking your article up into logical text capsules with clear subheadings will help with readability.
  • Quality: As explained above in the supplemental editorial policy for articles that affect your health, articles that are about pregnancy or that may influence your well-being will be held at a higher standard.

Here are some examples of articles on WeHaveKids that we would like to showcase. These articles exhibit the type of high-quality work we wish to see on the site:

A quick note: All of our Network Sites are a blending of professional editing and writers like you.

If you are intrigued by our community and would like to write for WeHaveKids, we’d love to have you! In order to set up an account to begin writing, please sign up on HubPages. Articles are initially written on our parent platform and then, if they are high enough quality, moved to one of our Network Sites like WeHaveKids.