Should Children Blog?
Dexter has written a post for the Netmums Blog today, all about how I spend too much time on the computer. Bless him. (No pocket money for him this week.)
I had to paraphrase what he had dictated to me because quite frankly, I’d still be there writing it now if he had his way.
That boy can talk. Seriously. I’ve never known anything like it. Once you start him off on a subject he’s interested in, he will literally talk for hours. Probably no different to most children but he’s a real character is Dexter.
So I asked him the question: “Would you like a blog of your own?”
He replied, “Yes Mum, I think I’d like that,” then went back to watching Power Rangers and we both monged out for the next half an hour.
If his blog post today for Netmums is anything to go by, I kinda wish I hadn’t asked him if he’d like his own blog because I really don’t think I’m going to come out looking great. You know what kids are like for exaggeration .. because actually, I’m really a pretty good mum who doesn’t spend all her life on her laptop. Honest. HONEST!
So what next? Should children blog? Do I allow him that personal writing space that I have enjoyed having so much? Obviously, I will oversee the whole project should we go ahead but I have given it more thought and I actually think it will be good for him. I think it will show him that writing doesn’t have to be difficult. That you can write for pleasure. That actually, he might come to enjoy it!
I don’t know if most boys are like Dexter, but he’s not a fan of doing English homework, (unless he can do it all on the Mac,) but the thing is, he’s actually very talented – and I’m not just saying that because he’s my son, (although it goes without saying it’s partly genetic.) But his grasp of vocabulary is so astonishing that not only is he on the Gifted and Talented Register for all subjects, but he comes out with words even I don’t even use. And not all of them are swear words.
Maybe a blog would be an ideal way for him to get him more excited about literacy? Maybe, when it’s time to do his homework on Sunday afternoon, he won’t moan about doing it until bedtime? (I can but dream.)
Maybe, having his own blog will lead to bigger things? Who knows. But I think I may just allow him to experiment and he will soon let me know if it works or not.
Until then, I might even risk him guest posting on my blog.
The rules are quite simple – he can only write about what a great mum I am.