Writing is a precious skill. It is one of the essential skills a person needs to master in his/her lifetime. It is useful everywhere, from something as simple as sending a message or texting to something as intricate as publishing a journal or article. Studies suggest that people who are naturally good at writing, have nurtured the talent at home with their family. After all, they always say that home is where learning first takes place.
The Basic Language Skills A Child Learns At Home
At an early age, a child’s developmental language needs, such as speaking, reading, and writing, should be taught and encouraged at home. These skills will help them get a great head start at life and prepare them for a brighter future. While speaking comes naturally as it is a hard-wired skill in the brain, the other two: reading and writing, are not. Parents need to pay more attention to teaching their children how to read and write.
All three skills are equally important but do not receive equal attention. Bedtime stories are very popular with young kids, but you do not often hear about children who love to write their own stories or come up with their fairy tales. Sure, children do talk a lot, and sometimes, they even freely draw their imaginations. But writing has always been overlooked.
Importance Of Writing
The importance of writing does not merely rely on it being a medium of communication. If a child develops a penchant for the skill at an early age, it will open doors of opportunities for him/her. Writing will be more advantageous when it comes to a child’s creative progress. Some of its benefits include helping them more when it comes to learning more profound words, expressing themselves fully, and reducing the need for educational support as soon as they start formal education.
Family’s Role In A Child’s Writing Style
Like in many other things in life, family background, and relationship directly affects children’s skills. It includes writing. To many, the mere mention of writing takes them to a picture of hundreds of piles of research papers and other academic writing requirements. But academic writing is unlike creative writing such as producing stories and poetries, or therapeutic writing such as journaling and blogging.
When children begin to show fondness for writing, especially when it is not an academic requirement, parents should continue to encourage them and show moral and financial support. As soon as the child begins to write and write endlessly, he/she will no doubt develop his/her writing style.
A writing style is unique to every aspiring, newbie, and professional writer. Other factors come in as a child writer grows up, but the family is ultimately responsible for it. What a child observes at home as he/she grows up undoubtedly impacts how he/she perceives things and then writes them. So as early as possible, parents should start becoming the excellent role models their children need them to be.
It is significant for writers, especially creative ones, to have a positive influence around them. Writers often write based on their experiences with only a little help from their imaginations. If they grew up right, then there would not be any problem with their works at all.
What To Do When Your Child’s Creative Juices Start Diminishing
There would come the point in time when children will lose their passion for writing or even if it was just a hobby. As parents, you should be able to inspire them to keep going on. It is not only vital to pay attention to them when they are still kids of ages 0-8 learning how to read and write but as well as when they are older.
Remind them of how fun it is to write by playing word games or other similar entertainment activities. Buy them books that they are fond of. Never pass an opportunity to take a trip to the local library to show your children your favorite reads from when you were younger. Watch a movie or two and discuss them via writing. Of course, always make sure you provide a notebook for random thoughts that come up and encourage your child to write it down.
A good writer is not born, but a good writer is made. One does not get born with the ability to write as good as Shakespeare. It all boils down to how a family is accepting of one’s skill or talent. And writing is a talent worthy of getting support from family just like other talents. Let your children’s imaginations run wild, and they will surprise you with something greater and maybe even out of this world.