How to Win Over Your Writing-Averse Child

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You have it made. A 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 have 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 going to be, “Hey, I’ve got this.”

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My goal (and yours) is to help this child learn to love writing—forevermore.

I grew up being told 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 comfort with writing led me down the forked path of writing-as-a-career.

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  • For your child, these teaching “lessons” will indeed be Writes-of-Passage.