Want to share some great news! My son’s blog www.siddipolis.wordpress.com got featured in Top 5 Children Bloggers: Meet The Kids Who Make The Difference. So proud of my little darling. He has come a long way from the first time we initiated this with him.
We started last January, with him writing a simple journal – a minimum of 5 lines everyday. Initially it was a bit of a struggle as he would not know what to write about. Children are like sponges. They just soak, soak and soak experiences their every waking moment. It was an interesting journey to help him learn how to squeeze out some of that and express them into words. He drew adorable doodles to accompany his small accounts of some prank or some game he played with his friends. With little nudge and guidance, he flourished.
It gives me so much pleasure to see people visiting his blogs and reading about his experiences. I recommend all parents to inculcate this in their young ones. Here are some tips on how to get them started and help them along the way that I have learned –
- Start small – start with a simple journal which captures what happened during the day. This helps them write about something they know very well. Their friends, their class, some project they did in school, anything. As long as they write its good.
- Make time to read – After the child has written a journal make it a point to read it and suggest corrections. It is important for them that you read that they have put in an effort to write. Make it a point to sit with your child and read what they have penned down. If they feel you do not have time to read what they are writing they may not find it worth the effort and start seeing it as a chore.
- Appreciate – Give them small encouragements as you go along. Appreciate the fact that they wrote – no matter how small or how silly the journal is. Then follow it up with suggestions to make it better.
- Don’t over correct – While it is important to help them with the correct spellings and grammar and even sometimes on how to express something better. But be careful. You don’t want them to feel they are not doing a good job. Also, let them write in their own style and over time when they improve you can show them their older pieces and show how far they have come by being a regular writer.
- Respect their right to privacy – Kids are also not comfortable sharing their feelings with everyone. So do not share their journals / blogs without their permission.
- Encourage reading – Introduce your child to blogs by other children and on topics that they like. Use these blogs to suggest ways to make their’s better.
- Insist upon being regular – Instil the importance of being regular right from the beginning. Make it clear that it is non-negotiable. If not a big post / journal make sure they write some thing.