01
Nov
12

Writing assignment

Greetings!

It’s been a while since I last posted. I’ve been pretty busy and haven’t had much time to sit down and type out my thoughts online. 

By the title of the post, you’re probably assuming that this is one of those posts where I’ve been “tagged” from someone else’s blog, and now you’ll get to read about such interesting topics as ‘what’s my favorite color’, or ‘best moment in life’, or the ever popular ‘thing no one would ever guess about you’. All intriguing stuff, but no. That hasn’t happened. And, I won’t tag any of you at the end of this post, either. I promise. 

Our kids have been working on their handwriting for school. One of their exercises is to write a note or letter to their mom about anything they’d like to cover. It started with mommy and has somehow migrated to writing back and forth with me. 

Now, for those of you who know me well, you know there’s a reason I type 99% of my communication: simply because it only allows for 1% of it to be undecipherable. Clearly, I should have been a doctor. 

Needless to say, I’ve enjoyed this little exercise. We have little mailboxes for each member of the family. In the morning, the kids find their notebooks in their mailboxes. They read my note (as best as they can), and then write a note back to me. There’s just something really cool about seeing those two, spiral bound notebooks sitting in our mailbox. I’m always excited to see how they responded to my questions and what they asked me, in return. (Side benefit: my handwriting is improving as well…slightly)

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See? I told you it was getting better. Just a bit.

The benefits to me and our kids, for this exercise, have been many. Maybe I’ll have to share them in a follow up post. 

Question: How do you connect with you kids? How do you find out what’s going on in their world? How do you put yourself in a place where you can view the world from their perspective? 

You can add your thoughts below. 

 

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2 Responses to “Writing assignment”


  1. 1 Cheri
    November 1, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    Great post, Mark. My husband writes a note to each daughter (3 of them) every morning to send with them in their lunches. He’s been doing that for years! Sometimes he writes a quote, sometimes a bible verse. But I think it is wonderful. We also, on occasion, during dinner, ask each one to tell what the best thing about their day was and what the worst thing about their day was. It gets the teenagers to at lest tell us something!


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