Most kids really enjoy creative writing, but it’s an interest that tends to dissipate as they get older if it’s not nourished. Children who practice creative writing see many benefits, and some of these benefits include increased self-confidence, improved language skills, improved problem-solving skills, and a broadened imagination. Sometimes all it takes is a little encouragement, and children can come to love creative writing for the rest of their lives. Here are some suggestions on how you can encourage your child to write creatively on a regular basis.
Always Praise Their Work
Your approval is incredibly important to your child, and it may be all they need to continue writing creatively. You should always praise your child’s work, because you want them to know that you love their writing and get excited reading it. You should refrain from criticising your child, even if you think it’s mild constructive criticism. Even the slightest remark of disapproval can greatly discourage a child. If you can convince your child they have a talent for writing, they will continue to do it, because every child enjoys doing something that they can be special at.
Write with Them
Do you enjoy writing? If so, and even if you don’t, you should try writing with your child. Another thing about children is that they love to imitate their parents, and you’re their biggest role model. If you show your child that you love creative writing, they will want to try it out, too. Try something like writing a simple poem and sharing it with your child, and encouraging them to write one, too. Try writing a short story, and ask them to continue the story and write the next chapter. Writing with your child, or even just letting them know you enjoy it, too, can be a great encouragement.
Make Time for Writing
Sometimes children want to do something, but they don’t know how or when to begin. Especially if your child has a busy schedule, it may be difficult for them to determine how writing can fit into their life. Make it easier for your child by giving them a set, specific time that’s dedicated to nothing creative writing. Let your child know, for example, that they have 20 minutes before bedtime that they can dedicate to creative writing if they want to. Hand them a pencil and paper, and you may be surprised how eager they are to take advantage of the opportunity.
Fuel Their Fire
Creative writing isn’t just about sitting down and writing. If you really want to encourage your child to write, there are many ways you should approach that goal. For example, take your child to the bookstore and have them pick out some books they’d like to read. Take them to see an author speak at a local event. Since there are many ways to be creative, help them explore other interests, like photography or art. Allow them the freedom to learn and express themselves.
About The Author:
Lauren Williams is an English and writing teacher. She has a passion for writing and encourages her students to practice creative writing daily.