Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Confident Writer

Do you lack confidence in your writing? Home school a child and watch your lack turn into an “I can do this” attitude.

I’m fortunate to home school my granddaughter, Carley, for four weeks. I’m helping to end her sixth grade year, while she visits from another state. I was more than a bit intimidated to take on the responsibility to teach her. Since I never finished formal high school, but took the GED test, my lack of confidence held me back some what.

No longer.

My granddaughter taught me a bit of pre-algebra as I mentioned in the last post. That was a defining moment to undo another defining moment.

My first grade teacher told my mother about me, “Your daughter is friendly, but not real smart.”

That comment created a lack in me that I’ve stumbled over my entire life. Now, at age fifty-six, I see the world a little differently all because of a twelve-year girl. I truly see how powerful children are in our lives. And I understand more than before how important for us writers to write the very best articles and books for these smart individuals.

I’ve never doubted that a child could teach me about life. What I didn’t know was that I could go back to school under a child's knowledge. I’d say that is a neat experience.

Until next time . . . grab a child and allow them to teach you.