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How to Win Over Writing-Averse Kids

Help Your Child Attack Essays (Without Bribes and Threats)

You have it made: great house, plenty of money, and a drop-dead awesome family. Still, you dread entering the front door. Who knows what kind of agony you'll hear coming from the desk where your child is trying to write an essay.

  • "I can't think of anything to write!"
  • "What can I say about that dumb subject?"
  • I don't know how to write essays—I hate this."


    Evening struggles on the home front are common nationwide, no matter what your demographic. But I'm here with a cagy way of teaching writing that will resonate with your child. Soon, he or she will be quietly getting the job done, and when you ask about progress, the answer is: "I've got this."

    Start with my tips that take only 10 minutes each day this summer. Sign up for a free newsletter for anxious wriers, and it will reach your email box once a week all summer long. Just fill in the blank below with your email address, and I'll send it flying.

    My goal (and yours): Help your child learn to love writing—forevermore.

I grew up being told almost daily that I had a "way with words." My mother, of course, but turns out, she was right—and that made itself into my career. I just followed along as my words and my comfort with writing led me down the forked path of writing-as-a-career.

  • So, dive right in! I want to share the golden tips I learned along the way.
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  • For your child, these "lessons" will indeed be Writes-of-Passage. And I do mean "Writes."
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