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.
Most parents are willing to spend hundreds on home tuition or paying a tuition agency so that their kids can get the highest grades and attend the best universities. So, why not do spend a fraction of it developing writing skills?
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 backstage 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.
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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.
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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