Writing is an important skill that is needed in every child’s life. It is not just relevant with regards to academics but also as a means for him to communicate his deepest thoughts and express his feelings. So your child seems to be showing interest in putting pen on paper. As a parent, you want to so everything possible to encourage him to pursue his passion. Here are some suggestions on what you could do to guide your child in the right direction.
Raising a writer most definitely begins with raising a reader. Passionate readers have a greater potential to turn into writers at a later stage. Reading will also improve his command over the language thereby improving his grammar. Further, exposure to reading at a young age will improve his storytelling skills and he will easily be able to put his ideas into words.
Talk with your children constantly and encourage them to discuss their various ideas. Try and offer inputs wherever possible without being overbearing. Don’t be critical with your feedback. What they have written is their creation and it is hard for them to understand the harsh criticism. It could even dissuade them from writing in future. Be patient with them. Children need time to think and frame their thoughts.
Parents and teachers often play a huge role in shaping the future of a writer. Telling children stories and showing them pictures, even before they can read develops their imagination. Give them space in the house where they can sit down and pen their thoughts. Ensure that this place is bright, airy and free of distractions. Let them decorate it in a way that inspires them.
4. Praise honestly
Don't hold back encouragement and appreciate them whenever possible. Focus on the current scenario rather than wondering about their future. Don’t be overly judgmental or compare their writing with their peers.
5. Share their work
Encourage them to keep a daily journal. When they are older, get them to create a blog of their work and write regularly. Writing often helps them master the skill. Ask them to promote their work on various social media platforms to get feedback.
6. Give them exposure
Partner with your child’s school and give your little one opportunities and support to nurture his talent. Give him a chance to share his writing in among his peers. It could be anything from participation in competitions within and outside the school or being a part of the editorial team of the school newsletter. It is also important to expose them to strong writing and model how to write well.
Like everything in life, it takes a lot of time and hard work for children to reach their true potential as writers. Be patient with them and support them as much as possible. Who knows, maybe there’s a budding Chetan Bhagat or Arundathi Roy living under your roof?