How To Get Your Children To Write

As an English teacher and writer (yes, they’re sometimes mutually exclusive), parents frequently ask me how they can get their children to write outside of school.

I now have a new answer.

Threaten to take them to the dentist.

That’s what Joy Bennett did.

And this is how her five-year-old (S.) responded.

"No dentist no no no"

The primary purpose of writing is to communicate.

The most important tenet of writing is clarity.

I’d say S. nailed them both.

And I’m with him. I went to the dentist this morning. And in six months, I will echo S and say: no dentist no no no.

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Joy Bennett blogs at Joy In This Journey and is a contributing writer at Deeper Story.

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Any dentist stories out there?

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Has your child, niece, or nephew done any comedic writing? If so, consider sending it to us at stuffkidswrite(at)gmail(dot)com.

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About Leanne Shirtliffe (Ironic Mom)

Leanne Shirtliffe (a.k.a. Ironic Mom) is the author of THE CHANGE YOUR NAME STORE (2014) and NO MORE BEIGE FOOD (2016). She also wrote humor books DON'T LICK THE MINIVAN: Things I Never Thought I'd Say To My Kids and MOMMYFESTO. She and her family live in Calgary, Alberta because they like complaining about the weather.

Posted on September 16, 2011, in Notes and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. I agree wholeheartedly. Actually, I’ve got a blog post scheduled for Sunday about a trip to the dentist – but it isn’t quite on the same lines.

  2. You’ve stumbled onto something here. Don’t stop at dentist trips. Make everything negotiable and tell children that if they have any chance of getting out of something they don’t like that they’ll have to put it into writing.

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