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Parents can play an important role in helping students see themselves as writers and helping them develop writing skills.  One of the things that’s really critical is that kids see their parents as writers. Parents write in their everyday lives, and should involve their kids in that writing (starting when they’re very young) and share what they write with their kids. And when kids bring writing home from school, parents should make time to listen.

There are also a number of things that parents often do to help kids acquire needed skills — things like handwriting and spelling. A surprising amount of instruction informally goes on at home, initially to help kids acquire those particular skills.  First and foremost, you want to make sure that you take an interest in what your kid writes and that they see you as a writer. 

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