As my readers know, I post my favorite parenting articles from around the web and a round-up of articles from major media outlets each Wednesday. I often post articles from Lorraine Ali of Newsweek. I was lucky enough to actually interview Ali about her perspective on parenting and how she got started as a journalist. Here are my favorite of her parenting articles and the interview we had.
Grooming Your Google I often use this article when I give presentations to parents and kids about online reputation management.
You and Your Quirky Kid Love this article for all of you who have, or have ever been a quirky kid (me!).
Ali says that she has always loved writing. In her 20’s, she began to think about getting something published and also had a great love for music. She started writing about her interest in music and the desire to be published drove her passion. Ali described that she loved the underground and indie rock scene (right before Nirvana broke) and that this was a very exciting time to be participating in and writing about the music industry.
Now, she says she still loves to write about music, but she has been writing about it a long time and now has a wider array of interests. She has always liked pop culture, but really loves to examine “culture shifts and cross culture phenomenon or larger trends that tell us where we are going as a society.” She is also a parent and has written articles about her experiences as a mom (which you see above). What interests me most about Ali’s writing is that she strives to find the “corners of a subject that are not explored a lot” like her “You and Your Quirky Kid <http://www.newsweek.com/id/40748> ” article.
-We have many teen writers and aspiring journalists writing for OnTeensToday.com, do you have any advice for them as they are just getting started?
-You have a 5 year-old, how is it balancing motherhood and writing? We have a lot of working mom readers and moms who are writers as well. Have your experiences as a mom inspired you to write more parenting articles?
I want to thank Lorraine Ali for interviewing for us and giving our writers and readers her words of wisdom, and, of course, all of her great articles which I will continue to post!