1. Remind him that professional writers have difficulty writing sometimes, too.
  2. Talk through ideas with him. Encourage your child to brainstorm and make a list of as many ide- as as he can.
  3. Suggest he write ideas as they come. Later he can edit flow, grammar, and spelling.
  4. Encourage him to use a computer to write if possible. This makes it easier to make revisions.
  5. Have him try freewriting. He should write anything that comes to mind, no matter how silly. Or ask your child to write about something he enjoys.
  6. Don’t over-criticize. If he asks you to review his writing, note what you like first. Focus on what your child is trying to say, not just the mechanics of writing.
  7. Don’t fix his mistakes for him. This won’t boost his self-confidence. Instead, it will send the message that you don’t think your child is capable of fixing them himself.
  8. Be patient. Allow him to express his frustra- tion. It takes time to become a good writer.

Reprinted with permission from the March 2016 issue of Parents Still make the difference!® (Middle School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2016 The Parent Institute®, a division of NIS, Inc.