Is your child a reluctant writer?  If yes, I would love to encourage you today with five of my favorite ways for how to cultivate the writer in your child!  Before I was a photographer, speaker, taking “big gulp” kind of leaps, I was a middle school and high school English teacher.  I taught in the classroom for almost seven years while I finished my first book.  My time in the classroom with tweens and teens prepared me for the toughest of audiences.  But that’s a whole different story for another day.  Today is about empowering the writer in your little one.

Writing is one of the most vulnerable, creative acts, I have ever done.  To share my ideas, write them down, risk others rejecting them, is no small thing.  Being a storyteller takes a measure of courage.  It’s no wonder our kids are reluctant to write.  After all, I know as  many parents as kids who feel the same way when faced with a blank page.  ‘Where on earth do I start?’ we think.  But there is a writer in all of us, and sometimes we just need a little help with feeling safe, comfortable, and room to explore as we attempt to be creative.  (The most worthy of attempts!)

Check out my latest Babble post; 5 Ways to Engage Reluctant Writers for Kids of All Ages.  Whether your little one is three years old or thirteen years old, these five tips will spark a light in the heart of your child.  They’ve all been kid tested and approved by not only my students from way back when, but my own kids.  And seriously, if you have a passion for writing but don’t know where to start…I would TOTALLY try one of these five ways!

(And this is only Part 1!  More to come!)  Read the Babble post here!

xo,

m

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8 Comments: “How to Cultivate the Writer in Your Child”

  1. Hi mera..i really really hope this time I can get your attention to help..no one seems to respond to my endless emails and private messages to resolve the problem on videos I bought for download 3 weeks ago…it says invalid key…my order number is 4052..im tired of asking help on the same thing without a single reply…losing hope already but my money has been deducted from d card… besides ur too good for me to give up on obtaining the videos..pls help..thanks!

  2. Me Ra says:

    Hi Zalia!

    This is crazy because I’ve seen our team’s emails to you. Have you tried checking your Junk Mail or Spam folder? I’m wondering if our emails are going there. Trust me, we are not ignoring you at all! What’s crazy is that it’s just the opposite. We are able to get your emails, but you must not be getting our responses. Will you check your Junk Mail or Spam Folder and let me know if you find anything? And Zalia, thank you for your patience. We WILL figure this out girl!

    xoxo,
    m

  3. Me Ra says:

    Andrea, thanks for your comment! So glad you like the post! Writing is such a wonderful thing to cultivate in children. Don’t you think? If they find confidence and joy for it as kids, they will always love it throughout life. What tip resonated with you the most out of curiosity?

    xo,
    m

  4. MeRa
    I love the idea of taking away the blank piece of paper. I am hoping this will help my 7 yr old put a little more thought in to what he is writing. I know the creativity is there! I am going to try the story circle with my 5 yr old. His imagination is wild. It will be fun to see what he comes up with!!

  5. MeRa
    I love the idea of taking away the blank piece of paper. I am hoping this will help my 7 yr old put a little more thought in to what he is writing. I know the creativity is there! I am going to try the story circle with my 5 yr old. His imagination is wild. It will be fun to see what he comes up with!!

  6. Emily H. says:

    Hi Mera,
    I was wondering how long you taught in the classroom during your journey with photography. I’m taking the year off, but going back next year. I just got into photography this year and am wondering if it’s possible to balance the two.

  7. Yay! Andrea Kalman Radimer!!! I think the paper just gets in the way! let me know how it goes!