Margaret Sims said her classes at the University of New England were a limited audience with which to share her knowledge.
That was why the professor of early childhood education started writing a column that she thought parents would find useful.
WATCH: Margaret talks about her column Family Matters:
Reaching a wider audience through the Armidale newspaper has seen Prof Sims share her expertise with parents.
Each week a variety of columnists are published in the Armidale Extra and on the Armidale Express website.
The topics range from gardening to psychology, as well as education, religion and history.
After writing the Family Matters column for a year, Prof Sims would also start writing another column for the Extra and Express website, called Class Act, which gave readers an insight into the education system.
With 2017 drawing to a close we have decided to take the opportunity to talk to some of our writers about their columns.
As well as explaining what they write about, and what insight they are trying to provide, we also asked them about the feedback they receive from the community.
Read some of this year’s Family Matters columns: