This blog has been contributed by Mithila Iyer, Student Editor of Issue 20 (sep-Oct 2014) of the magazine.
Looking up information on sleep patterns of children was most definitely not what I envisaged myself doing when I was a student editor at ParentEdge. (In hindsight, that seems a little obvious to me now, kind of like Homer Simpson smacking himself on the head and going “Doh!”, because of course, PARENT-Edge). Nor actually was repeatedly making batches of crispy, golden brown vadas for a vada pav recipe, and trying to make them look beautiful in photographs (because there are only so many ways you can angle a blob of potato to make it look pretty. Chutney helps). However, I now feel prepared to write articles about anything – such was the breadth of the spectrum of the articles I wrote for ParentEdge.
My name is Mithila Iyer, and I’m in the 12th grade at Lady Andal School, Chennai. Obviously, I love writing – in fact, I was given a typewriter for my 17th birthday! I have had my nose in a book since I was approximately six years old, I love indie music and Hindi music equally and Sansa Stark is my favourite Game of Thrones character. But that’s enough about me. Let me tell you about my journey with ParentEdge.
I first heard about ParentEdge from my friend and junior in school, Lasya Karthik. She had completed an internship last year, and had only good things to say! She told me to write simply and clearly, do my research, and stick to my deadlines. I was immediately extremely excited about the prospect of writing for a magazine, since this is something I hope to do in the future. The fact that I knew nothing about what I was getting into was cleared up by a quick Google search, and soon, I began corresponding with my editor, Kritika Srinivasan on what kind of writing was expected of me, the hours I was to put in, and generally how to write an article. I worked a few hours each week researching and writing questions for my interviews, or drafting the other articles.
First, I submitted a sample piece on a general topic – I chose education – for my writing to be evaluated. The real work started later. My articles ranged from topics like spatial intelligence to interesting science centres to take your child to and also entrepreneurship and night time fears in young children. The variety of the content in the magazine is vast – there is something present for every age group, whether it be healthy yet fun recipes for parents to pack in children’s lunchboxes, or interviews with entrepreneurs for teenagers to consider, or places where young children can have their questions about science answered.