Encouraging a Child Reluctant to Write

Encouraging a Child that is Reluctant to Write from Talking Mom2MomChildren often express a dislike for writing. They will either say it is too hard, boring, or they don’t know what to write. This is one homeschool battle that can be won with both sides claiming the victory. Join Richele as she explores ways to encourage your reluctant writer to enjoy the writing process. Yes, it can happen.


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I Love Homeschooling, But I Hate Teaching Writing – HIRL Episode113

Free homeschooling podcast about teaching your kids to write.Do you struggle with teaching writing to your homeschool kids? This is the episode for you.

As homeschool parents, some of us were not given great tools for writing in our own education, so when it comes to teaching the subject, we already feel ill-prepared. Others of us are great writers and love to write, but we have no idea how to teach our kids how to take great ideas from their head and put them into words on paper.

We are joined in the studio by Kim Kautzer who developed Write Shop writing program for homeschoolers. During our interview Kim encourages our listeners by providing the basic steps to get over the writing roadblocks you may have in your homeschool. If writing is the “big but” in your homeschool, you need to listen to this episode of HomeschoolingIRL.

:50 Fluff – Hot summers, Push Pins
6:22 Teaching Writing with Kim Kautzer, Part 1
22:00 – Teaching Writing with Kim Kautzer, Part 2
31:57 –  The show is over. iTunes Reviews. Goodbye!


Recommended Resources:

Write Shop
Write Shop Facebook Group – this is a closed group you will need to join


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Write Myself A Letter by Frank Sinatra- buy it here on iTunes


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Learn about Writing, Interruptions, and Home Business

This week’s podcast didn’t happen because I was sick. I’m so sorry! (And I’m feeling much better now.)

I’ll be back in October with two episodes about how to handle all the annoying interruptions and distractions that so easily get us off track, trigger bad attitudes, and hinder our productivity. You know exactly what I’m talking about, don’t you? Too many text messages, ringing doorbells, a mysterious crash from the kitchen, yet another phone call from a telemarketer or politician, friends and neighbors who think you can’t possibly be busy because you’re “just” a mom at home, a kid who thinks his urgent need to tell you he wants a Batman birthday party seven months from now (although he will, of course, change his mind 27 times between now and his actual birthday) constitutes an emergency that justifies interrupting you when you’ve finally found five relatively quiet minutes to think, being sick when you’re supposed to record a podcast—that kind of stuff.

Meanwhile, I wanted to let you know about some upcoming events where I’d love to meet you in person!

Sept. 24, 2015, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Writing Workshop at the Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald Museum, Montgomery, Alabama


  • The Composition of a Masterpiece: How F. Scott Fitzgerald Wrote and Revised The Great Gatsby
  • The 5 Ps of Publishing: How to Plan, Pen, Polish, Publish, and Promote Your Book
  • Getting it Right: How to Polish Your Writing
Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald Museum Montgomery, Alabama

Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald Museum
Montgomery, Alabama

Sept. 24, 2015 – 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Workshop for Busy Moms, Montgomery, Alabama

Topic: Just Say No to Interruptions and Distractions

Oct. 16-17, 2015

2:1 Conference, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

Topic: Just Say No to Interruption and Distractions

Nov. 11, 2015 , 3:00 p.m. Eastern

National Association of Independent Writers and Editors (NAIWE)

Teleclass (OK, we can’t actually meet in person at this one. But I think you’ll find it helpful anyway . . . and you can listen from the comfort of your own home, just like a podcast!)

Topic: How Do You Do It All? Balancing Family Life and Home Business in the Real World

For more information on all of these events, visit my blog at flourishathome.com/writing-interruptions-home-business-workshops/


MBFLP – Teaching Writing with David Vogel

The written word gives us to power to reach across distances and even through time, to hear from writers long departed and to speak to unborn generations! Yet writing well is a skill that many of us struggle to learn, or give up as something for professionals and teachers. Say it isn’t so! This episode, we talk with David Vogel of Living The Answer – he’s in the business of teaching young writers how to use words with excellence and persuasion, and we’ll share our viewpoints and ideas on the matter as a homeschool graduate, published authors, and as teachers of the next generation of wordsmiths!

MBFLP – Hope Auer Interview

MBFLP Meet a Young AuthorThis episode our guest is Hope Auer. She’s the author of the award-winning novel A Cry From Egypt which she began when she was just a 13-year-old homeschool student. Now in her early twenties, Hope has already won Book of the Year for her first novel, which has been selected as part of three curriculum programs, adapted it for radio drama (which she directed with a cast of more than fifty), and completed the second book in the projected series. It’s a fun conversation about the process of writing and becoming a published author, but more importantly about communicating God’s truth in a way that touches hearts.

LINK TO A SAMPLE from the dramatized version of A CRY FROM EGYPT
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Vintage HS Moms – Help! My Child Wants to Write

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Help My Kids Want To Write!

Kids & Writing with Felice Gerwitz

Have you said, “Help my kids want to write?” It happened to me when my daughter was twelve. She watched me, her mom start not one, two or three books, but I had published about six by the time she caught the author bug.

After setting the example and becoming a published author, my daughter said, “Mom — I know I’m a kid but I want to write and get published, too!” Okay! Let’s get right on that.

Kids Want To Write?

Well, as it turned out I did – and Christina and I published a series of novels she and I co-authored. In this episode, I discuss how we wrote the book, the ideas (brainstorming) and the eight pages of only dialogue. Eek! Who was I going to blame, her teacher?

Points we will cover in this podcast:

  • Give your children tools to succeed.
  • Resources
  • Additional tools to help children with the task encouraging success writers

Parents getting overwhelmed by grammatical errors, spelling, etc. What defines success — this is covered in this podcast.

  • Have they accomplished writing a book? Or a short story?
  • What makes a best seller? It is subjective
  • Do you have to sell a specific number of books to be successful?

Writing the novels is the most fun we’ve had together. It not only created wonderful memories but it helped Christina to hone her writing skills. Christina and I wrote the Truth Seeker’s Mystery Series. The books in the series are

Whether you have one child or multiple children who want to write, you can use

Connect with me if you have any questions! Felice Gerwitz and Christina (Gerwitz) Moss wrote and published the Truth Seekers Mystery Series. Visit the website for special offers! You can get all the novels and studies guides in digital format on the Media Angels Membership website — check it out!

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