Home > Parenting, Writing > Eyes on the prize

Eyes on the prize

My six-year-old doesn’t like to write.

My husband and I were surprised and thrilled, then, when he asked to start a blog.

We were so thrilled, we offered him a Kindle* if he’d write fourteen days in a row.

He was so stoked, he wrote for this many consecutive days:


On Saturday, Li’l D accompanied me to the shop to have my busted Kindle repaired. After the shop deemed it irreparable, I got a credit for a replacement.

I stood in line with Li’l D and my new Kindle for a minute before revelation struck:

  • I don’t need a device. I now have the app on my husband’s old tablet.
  • Li’l D really wants a device.
  • I can use my credit to get him his Kindle!

I swapped my adult Kindle for a kids version, returning to line with one ecstatic kid.

Back in our car, Li’l D started writing the moment after he buckled his seat belt.

He’s written every day since.

Apparently, having the prize in sight makes all the difference for the reluctant six-year-old writer!

* Like his cousin’s, over which he’s swooned for months

Categories: Parenting, Writing Tags: , ,
  1. August 24, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    Awww– great story Deb, and it sounds like you have another author in the house!

    • August 24, 2016 at 6:36 pm

      He’s written a few stories when they sprang to mind, so I’ve got a little hope. If he only writes when he has to, I’ll just keep my fingers crossed for Littler. 😉

  2. August 24, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    I wish my daughter liked writing. She used to draw, but doens’t do that anymore either. I blame technology. Gave her an older laptop that I fixed up to get her to learn to use it, hasn’t turned it on yet. It’s painful to be a techy and have a non-techy daughter…… Oh well. I’m happy Li’l D is taking up writing and earned his prize.

    • August 24, 2016 at 6:39 pm

      We have a hard time finding the balance with technology here. I’m glad that Littler doesn’t feel its pull the same way Li’l D does; his insistence on running circles and bouncing on things pulls D in, and it’s great.

      I hope your daughter finds something that inspires her!

  3. August 24, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    Y’all are a beautiful family. ❤

  4. August 24, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    Fab! Lets hope he keeps going and enjoying it! =]

  5. August 24, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    Aw….don’t ya love it when the universe gives us our answer! (And we’re available to HEAR the answer!) Cute story! 😉

  6. August 27, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    Go, Li’l D! Way to be awesome!! (Way to be awesome to you too, Li’l D’s mom!)

    • August 28, 2016 at 6:44 am

      He’s done eight days in a row so far! If he writes all the way through to (and including) Friday, that Kindle is his. 🙂

  7. September 1, 2016 at 8:01 am

    Wow, I love it! Read every word of his blog 🙂 I actually wrote a blogpost about it, of “Blogging Lessons from a 6-year-old.” Maybe you could pass it on that he’s encouraging other bloggers to write too, inspire him to keep going. So proud of the kid!


  8. Paul
    September 8, 2016 at 2:37 am


  1. September 6, 2016 at 4:40 pm

Please weigh in--kindly!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: