Dad's lesson: never call it too early
We both grew up with dads who were crazy about sports. They taught us not to “call a game too early.” The record books are full of last second shots, 9th inning homeruns, and unexpected over-times.
Sometimes when it comes to writing, we make the mistake of “calling it too early." We don't see our children writing as enthusiastically as another child and decide: “He's not a writer” or “She's just not into writing.”
The more we say this, the more evidence we find this is true. Even if we don't want it to be true, our brains love to prove us right.
But like a good sports fan, we would do well to keep cheering for our team.
Thoughts that will help us to do this sound like:
"He's not a writer YET, but it will come.”
“She may not be excited about writing so far, but she is still discovering her interests.”
Then, we continue to give them opportunities to get there. We also watch for evidence, even if it's small, that indeed it isn't over--and they are gradually growing into writers.
You've got this. And we're on your team too. Please let us know how we can help! We would love to hear from you!