Podcast: Avoid the Meltdown
It feels like a natural part of teaching to look at our child’s work and note where it could be improved. Yet oftentimes, giving suggestions can often leave young writers feeling judged, inadequate, or underappreciated.
The good news? It’s possible to offer your young writer editorial feedback without triggering a meltdown. On today’s podcast, I’ll share some tips you can use to give your kids helpful feedback that will help retain their confidence and independence.
Principles and practices that may help:
- Kids need to know that they are the authors who have the final say over their writing.
- The positive feedback can’t be seen as “buttering up” before delivering the “real feedback” which will then be critical.
- Remember that your feedback makes an impact even when she doesn’t take your advice.
- Not every piece of writing needs to be improved.
- Finally, don’t worry if it appears that she’s resistant to feedback for a long time.
It takes time to build trust between writer and editor.
If your child senses that you consistently are on her side, that you affirm what works well, and that the feedback you offer is for her consideration, not as a command, she will come to trust you. If the feedback you give results in a wonderful change that makes the writing spring to life, she will then be likely to ask for your input the next time, rather than being suspicious of it.
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