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Calls for Submissions – June Theme: FUN

The MOPS Team Spotlight

Submissions Deadline: Friday, June 8

FUN. When was the last time you truly engaged in it? Whether it be organized play in the form of an adult sports league (or even just an organized game night) or impromptu play where your child beckons you outside and you find yourself lost in amusement and merriment? As an adult, fun no longer feels like a natural default, but good news, our kiddos are our best teachers! So, as the sun finally burns off the last of those gray skies and school schedules fall away with the homework assignments this summer, let’s embrace some playfulness and joy as we recapture FUN this season!

Topics to Consider:

  • Find the fun in the mundane and every day routine – where or what has been the most random place or activity that you found fun in (e.g. work commute, doctor’s waiting room, etc.)?
  • Share a fun practical joke or the funniest thing my child just said.
  • Send a short video (30 sec. or less) of singing your favorite silly song with your little(s).
  • These are our favorite fun things to eat in the summer.
  • It takes a village (uber village) especially when the school routine takes a break. Share who and how your village makes summer work.
  • Favorite date nights off the beaten path (marrieds and singles).
  • This is how I liberated myself and my kiddos from a schedule and how we’ve learned to embrace the moment.
  • Our house is the kid hub in the neighborhood – this is what I love about it.
  • My non-summer with my kids – a reflection from a mom who went back to work and doesn’t have summer off with her kiddos. Here’s how we keep it fun!
  • Share how you have fun as an adult – adult play, entertainment, games (human sling shot, potato gun).
  • This was the lesson that taught me how to stop taking myself too seriously and just have some fun.
  • This person (insert name here) brings out my playful side, or taught me how to play.
  • I’m type A and I still manage to have fun. Schedules, planned activities allow me to actually relax and enjoy fun with my family.
  • Must-have’s in your diaper bag for that road trip or plane ride.
  • My favorite childhood summer memory (tidbits – 1-2 sentences).
  • 4 Tips for keeping the peace amongst siblings for a long summer together.
  • Share a family summer tradition.

Specific pieces for June:

  • 2 posts for Father’s Day

Remember we accept the following submissions: written (word count 600-900, Word doc), video (less than 30 seconds), artwork.

How to Submit:

Send us your submission at content@mops.org.

Submission Information

For more information about the tone of our materials and our submission process read our writer’s guidelines (Insider hint: We take these very seriously, so it’s important you take a peek before submitting.)

Submission Process

Just so you know, all submissions are received on speculation. Regretfully, we are unable to respond to submissions when they are received. However, if your submission is selected for publishing, we will email you in advance with the date we will be publishing for your records.

And Since You Always Ask

The MOPS Blog does post previously published or posted material. Just make sure it meets our editorial needs first. Because, again, we take those pretty seriously.

What About General Content

Yes, we certainly accept MOPS stories, general articles, videos, artwork about parenting, mothering and woman-related issues. In fact, we’re always up for a good tear-jerker or one of those stories that gets us laughing. We welcome those submissions through the same submissions process, but we should tell you up front that since we’re a theme-based blog, we only publish a few.