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.
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.
Joy Bennett blogs at Joy In This Journey and is a contributing writer at Deeper Story.
Any dentist stories out there?
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Posted on September 16, 2011, in Notes and tagged Chase McFadden, funny, Humor, Ironic Mom, Joy Bennett, Leanne Shirtliffe, Some Species Eat Their Young, Stuff Kids Write, Stuffkidswrite.com. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.
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.
Good luck with the high pitched drill…
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.
Brilliant. Though I don’t think William would ever leave the house then. Vivian, on the other hand, would write her way to the Eiffel Tower and possibly the moon.
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