- Show Don't Tell Or, in parenting parlance: actions speak louder than words.
- Keep it simple Don't use language that your audience doesn't understand. Use short sentences and clear wording to get the point across (I wish my students would do this).
- Everything should happen for a reason Otherwise known as natural and logical consequences (we need to use these a LOT in our house).
- Don't lecture your reader Or your kids, any more than you have to. They tune out words, which is why #1 and #3 are more effective.
- Don't underestimate your audience Think they won't remember that you promised them a new book if they were good at the store? Think again.
- Try not to criticize The kids, your partner/spouse, or yourself. Focus on the positive.
- Let your character's think Your kids, too. They'll thank you for it.
Friday, May 20, 2011
What writing taught me about parenting
You would think that reading parenting books would teach you about parenting, but I've actually learned just as much from my books about writing. A few examples: