Teach kids to be Writers and They Can Do Anything

6 Questions to Ask Your Kids

To Develop Their Writing Skills

There is no greater tool to harness opportunity in this world than writing. We all want our kids to grow up and be well-rounded, cultured, and secure. As parents we are always working ten years ahead , planning all the right moves to ensure their bright futures. So why do many parents overlook the power of writing? Is it because being successful as a writer requires motivation, drive, ambition and a self-starter attitude? Or maybe it’s because it’s not structured and narrow like say maybe, going to law school. Well, I’m here to tell you that nothing sucks more than following the straight and narrow and racking up six digits in student loans to be a lawyer or a doctor only to find out that you don’t really like your career at all, and oops you’re thirty. Opportunities present themselves in so many ways when you are a writer. More than you could ever dream.

So you’re not an astronaut, but you can still make it to the moon. I have had opportunities as a writer that celebrities couldn’t buy. Being a writer has opened so many doors, literally flung them open! I’ve been back stage at high-profile concerts, on movie sets, been taken on exclusive tours not open to the public, I’ve even been on the parade line of the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin, Ireland. I seriously have the best job ever, and all because I am a writer. My only hope is that my son will also find joy in writing so that he too can pursue what he is truly passionate about, and forge a lifetime of exceptional memories.

Now there’s no guarantee that my son will want to become a writer. I certainly will only encourage him to do what he loves. However, since he is on this journey with me, and since it can really never hurt to do so, I am working on developing his writing skills now. You can imagine that at first this was a task. He’s just five years old, and writes very little. So I got to thinking, “How can I teach him to write, without making him write?” Then it came to me. I figure If I ask him questions that engage his mind and train him to think about what he would write, then when he was actually ready to write he will have a head start. So, here is a list of questions I ask the Little Fairytale Traveler when we are on our adventures. Wouldn’t you know, they are the same questions I ask myself.

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These six simple notations will be the foundation of the way my son remembers things as he grows and will hopefully help him develop into a great writer. Try this with your children and see for yourself just how easy it is to get their minds going.

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About Christa Thompson

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Christa Thompson is the Founder and Senior Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. Christa has been traveling the world since 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

3 Comments on this post

  1. What a great post, Christa, and what an inspiration for parents. I love how you’re encouraging your son to notice and express his experience of the world. That sense of wonder and gratitude will stay with him forever.

    Jo Woolf / Reply
  2. Even if writing is only for your own pleasure, it’s magical. So I love that you’re encouraging your son to experience things in a way that makes it easy for him to write about them. I loved writing stories when I was a kid and when I look back, I had one fabulous teacher who encouraged me to read and write more, including writing poetry. I still have those poems, stored in a brown paper lunchbag!! I write all the time, just not for money…yet! I send postcards (I may be the only person who still buys them) and write virtual postcards on Facebook. Some of my best memories are contained in letters and cards that I keep in a box.So yes, helping children to become writers is a wondrous thing to do. Kudos to you, Christa!

    Wendy Deyell / Reply
    • Wendy thank you. I actually still buy postcards LMAO I buy 3 things when I travel, coffee mugs, magnets and post cards. I fthere is something really cultural I buy those too… like the sugar skulls in Mexico and the Mayan figures. I love that stuff. Postcards are fun cause I can send them home to friends and family from where I am in the world.

      I couldn’t agree with you more. I am very excited to be volunteering at my son’s IB school to teach children the importance of writing. We are also working on a TV series where hopefully, we will be able to share that message to the masses.

      Thanks for commenting!

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