Lessons learned from my flat iron — No time like the present

cartoon-hair-on-fireI have thin hair. The kind that requires a short funeral service every morning as I mourn over the strands that have fallen out from brushing. When flat irons became all the rage, I made sure to buy the most expensive brand that promised not to damage my precious locks. I dumped a good $150 into it, so I was annoyed a few months back when I noticed the flat iron’s charging light never stopped blinking.

I knew something was wrong, but I was in a hurry and so I kept using it . . . until a week later when I took a good hard look at my hair in the mirror and thought, “Why is my hair so frizzy?”

It was burned. Irrevocable hair damage. My hairdresser said it resembled cotton candy. (Ouch, that hurt!) She cut off a lot, trying to “lessen” the damage. In the meantime I learned an important lesson.

It’s much better to take some time now to fix something rather than to continue along, assuming all will be well.

boy writingIf you know a tween who struggles with writing, the time to help him or her through this issue is NOW, especially as school begins anew. The following are five suggestions taken from the National Council Teachers of English website to encourage writing in children. (Link to the full article.)

  1. Go places and see things with your child, then talk about what has been seen, heard, smelled, tasted, touched. The basis of good writing is good “talking.”
  2. Talk through their ideas with your tween. Help them discover what they want to say.
  3. Make sure your tween has a “place” of her/his own to write. Any flat surface with elbow room, a comfortable chair, and a good light will do.
  4. Share letters and emails from friends and relatives. (You may need to urge relatives and friends to write notes and letters to the child, no matter how brief. Grandparents can be very helpful here. Writing is especially rewarding when the child gets a response.
  5. Think of unique ways a child can be involved in writing. For example, helping with grocery lists, adding notes at the end of parents’ letters, sending holiday and birthday cards, taking down telephone messages, writing notes to friends, helping plan trips by writing for information, drafting notes to school for parental signature, etc. Each attempt at writing, no matter how small, is important and builds confidence.

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7 thoughts on “Lessons learned from my flat iron — No time like the present

  1. What a great post! Getting kids to write is nearly impossible, so no wonder many can’t put together a coherent essay in high school or college. Thanks for all the great suggestions.

  2. These are great points. Sadly, I took waaaaay too long to try to help my daughter with her writing. It had been such a battle that I kind of gave up. Now, as a tween, she’d rather go weed a poopy pasture than write a paragraph…

  3. A great article. Getting kids to write thank you letters is a good habit too. It will serve them well throughout their life. I had to teach adults how to write a thank you letter after an interview. Many of them had never been shown how!!

  4. Great post, Lois, and I love that. “Good writing is good talking.” About the hair, I can relate. When my grandfather was in his forties, he went into a barbershop to get a haircut and walked out bald. My grandmother was horrified when he strolled out to the sidewalk, all cool and Kojak, and refused to walk down the sidewalk with him. I figure, one day, I’ll just follow in his footsteps. 😉

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