- Remind him that professional writers have difficulty writing sometimes, too.
- Talk through ideas with him. Encourage your child to brainstorm and make a list of as many ide- as as he can.
- Suggest he write ideas as they come. Later he can edit flow, grammar, and spelling.
- Encourage him to use a computer to write if possible. This makes it easier to make revisions.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.