A Writing Hack I Learned from My 11-Year-Old Son

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Smillew Rahcuef
Pragmatic Wisdom

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picture of a boy who’s not my son but I sort of pretend he is in the caption. People usually interpret my misleading words the wrong way.
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My son, 11, read a book he got from the book fair at school. And when I say read, I mean read as fast as he could, back-to-back.

He came home with his nose in the book, did his homework at record speed, refused to have dinner with us at the table to be able to read while eating, and finished it by the time he had to go to bed. He read the last chapter while brushing his teeth. I had never seen him flossing so conscientiously.

It’s a shame because I had cooked delicious lasagna, but we have a rule at home that food for the soul is tastier than food for the body.

I came to kiss my son goodnight, and he said, “Wow, Dad! You have to read this!! It’s AWESOME [he loves this word; I’m hoping it’s a phase]. You could learn a few tricks from this author.”

At first, it hurt because my son didn’t see me as perfect

I had an emotional gut reaction. “Why are you attacking me like that?!” I almost replied. I saw only the negative in his comment. I still had things to learn. It’s tough to acknowledge my shortcomings. (I’m working on it.)

But I took a deep breath and focused on the positive. I realized my son wanted the best for me. He was talking from a…

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Smillew Rahcuef
Pragmatic Wisdom

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