Why Writing Matters & National Stationary Week 2016

NSW 2013 with date and website and partners (no website)This week, it is National Stationary Week #NatStatWeek  and with Thomas starting school in September, this year it is more important to us than ever. Thomas loves going to preschool and nursery and they have provided him with a great foundation for him to build on when he starts reception later on in the year. However, an issue that preschool, nursery and I struggle with is actually getting Thomas to sit down and write anything.  He would rather be playing with friends, watching the TV or playing outside. The preschool and nursery are not that worried about it as when he is in the mood, he can write beautifully. I just worry as my writing is awful and I prefer to use a computer/tablet myself for taking notes. Technology is increasingly taking over our life’s and I want to do everything that I can to ensure that Thomas and Daniel can write and write well.

Thomas' handwriting

Here are some reasons as to why writing matters and why we should be encouraging our children to keep on writing!

  1. It is fail-safe. You do not need to worry about batteries dying or hard drives breaking. Your writing is simple there!
  2. Knowledge is power. Your brain takes in more information when you are writing it down
  3. Hand writing enhances brain activity and memory keeping young (and older!) minds sharp!
  4. Hand writing encourages imagination and simulates the brain. As Thomas and Daniel gets older I would like them writing stories and making their imaginations come alive!
  5. There is nothing more personal than a handwritten letter saying thank you or congratulations. The handwritten cards are always opened first.

National Stationary Week Goodies

We were sent some items to help us celebrate National Stationary week. Thomas loves the pencils and the pencil sharpener while I love the notebooks, the coloured pens and the gorgeous handbag pen. National Stationary week is carrying on all week until Sunday 1st May so make sure you follow all the action on Twitter.

Follow @NatStatWeek on Twitter and make sure you are using the following hashtags:

#natstatweek

#writingmatters

#stationaryaddict

#keepkidswriting

#keepbritainwriting

Happy writing everyone!

We were sent some items from National Stationary Week sponsors in exchange for this post. All opinions are own.

50 Shades of Parenthood

Karin of Cafe Bebe and now Mummy 365 fame, recently challenged us bloggers to come up with our own parenthood version of 50 Shades of Grey. I am currently reading the second book and although its not going to be a classic book, it is an enjoyable read that you can forget about the rest of your life from while you read. Here is my creative writing attempt entitled ‘The Dream’.

She is sleeping. A small murmur from the baby monitor awakens her. She puts the duvet back over her head and thinks “Oh no! Not this early please”. Things are quiet again from the baby monitor at the moment but of course she is now awake. She starts listing through everything she has to do today while her husband continues sleeping beside her.

“No.1: Get up,

No.2: give baby bottle of milk and breakfast,

No. 3: try a drink a coffee while it is still warm,

No.4: Empty and fill the dishwasher and put laundry in the washing machine, 

No. 5: Attempt to get herself and baby dressed and get out of the house in reasonable amount of time,

No. 6: Get to supermarket. Battle to get a parent and child space and wake baby (who will be sleeping soundly) and put baby in trolley.

No. 7: Try and get shopping done without running over old ladies and without a screaming baby. Fail miserably at both.

No. 8: Go to cafe, feed baby it’s lunch, manage to eat half a sandwich and drink half a lukewarm coffee. Smile at people who give you the ‘pity stare’.

No. 10: Join the long queue for the single baby changing facilities. 

No.11: Change baby

No.12: Leave supermarket

No.13: Visit Mother In Law (enough said!)

No. 14: Go home. Manage to get baby to sleep for 20 minutes.

No. 15: Put on Cbeebies to amuse baby and tackle the Mount Everest of an ironing pile

No. 16: Put supermarket pizza and oven chips in oven for dinner.

No. 17: Husband gets back from work and asks what you have been doing all day.

No. 18: Eat dinner. Baby chews on an oven chip.

No. 19: Bath baby while husband watches the football

No.20: Give baby bottle of milk and put them to bed.

No.21: Baby wakes up every 10 minutes for next 2 hours.

No.22: Finally collapse into bed zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz”

She then looks at baby monitor. It is not on. She wonders “is it broken or not charged? I must go and check the baby now”. She then looks at the floor and sees a little black dress and her killer heels. She then remembers. It is a Sunday morning, the night after their 5th Wedding Anniversary. She got treated to a very expensive meal last night and even got to dance too. The baby is with her lovely Mother In Law and will be until 6pm tonight. She then snuggles up to her husband and goes back to sleep. It was all just a dream.

I am also submitting this for the BritMum’s Blogging Prompts of the week as a fantasy

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