“My Child Hates Writing.” What do I do?

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“My child hates writing” is a phrase we hear a lot from parents who have not yet found an effective way to transform their reluctant writer’s attitude toward this task. The ability to write well is extremely important and valued in all stages of academic and professional life and it’s something that should be nurtured and encouraged from a young age. But how?!

Here are our top tips on how to get your child to love writing:

1. Explore why your child feels this way toward writing.

Communication is always the best approach and it’s very important to demonstrate to your child that you value their opinions and understanding their feelings. You can ask them why they dislike writing and how they’d like to tackle this obstacle - we know that this may seem like a difficult discussion, but you’ll likely find this extremely helpful.

2. Children are extremely observant. Show them the joy of writing!

Children will often look up to you as a role model and are also likely to mimic your actions, so use this to your advantage when tackling this issue. Be sure to let them know that writing is very useful for numerous reasons and you can even share relevant content with them, such as writing videos on YouTube targeted at children.

3. Incorporate writing into daily tasks.

There are many ways to incorporate writing tasks in everyday activities. For example, ask your child to write the weekly shopping while you dictate what they should write down. This would take focus away from the writing task by encouraging your child to focus on a chore, while giving them a sense of achievement for helping their parent. Another thing you can do is get your child to draw a specific setting or character. Once they’re done with their drawing, encourage them to write about it - this can be a description of what they’ve created or a story that incorporates the character or setting in the drawing. This may make it a little less challenging to convince them to write, as some of the creative work that goes into writing has already been completed in a visual way. In summary, choose a daily chore or task that you’d like to get done and integrate writing into it!

4. Transform the way they think about writing by making it fun!

There are endless ways to encourage your child to give writing a go. These include verbal discussions, board games, outdoor activities and online programs, such as nightzookeeper.com! We’ve witnessed the power of alternative approaches to writing and they can really make a difference in terms of how your child feels toward writing in general!

5. Let your child know that writing is liberating.

Writing can be extremely freeing, as it improves self-expression and skills development, confidence and independence. Writing doesn’t have to be tedious or purely used in an educational setting. Your child can write about anything - from detailing their daily routine, to keeping a diary, to writing a review of their favorite video game!

6. Create a rewards system.

A writing tracker or table could be a great way to motivate your child to get into writing! Knowing that they’ll get rewarded for completing a task they dislike doing is definitely a great first step in transforming your child’s perspective on writing.

7. Share your child’s writing!

Sharing your child’s work with family, friends or online can be very effective! Activities such as blogging have many benefits when it comes to encouraging children to want to write (you can read more on the benefits of blogging for kids here). It can be the best way to motivate your child to change their opinion on writing! You can also try printing your child’s texts and creating a book, or look for personalized books that feature your child’s work.

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We hope you’ve found these tips helpful and would love for you to check out nightzookeeper.com! Our program transforms your reluctant writers into true authors by using gamified learning as an approach to writing skills development.

We’d also love to hear about how you’ve encouraged your child to love writing! If you’d like to share your advice with us for the chance to be featured in a future blog post, please reach out to us via email at [email protected] or through social media. You can also reach us on:

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