Years ago I took a creative writing class in children’s literature. It made sense to take this class because I loved to write and I understood the importance of investing in a child’s life. The pen, is a powerful tool when it sets its tip to paper and engages the reader into its story.
I have always been drawn to children and their unabashed love for life, their transparency, and teach-ability. It was a natural process for me to take my passion for writing and fit it to a child’s heart. My desire is to make a difference in children’s lives. This website will be the place I will endeavor to write kids stories that build character.
This blog is dedicated to kids and to any adult who takes the time to invest in their lives. The stories in Emily’s Little Life are designed to capture a child’s attention as they impart practical examples of character qualities like integrity, gratitude, honesty, forgiveness and more. If I accomplish the goal of reaching kids hearts and drawing them into the desire to live lives of character, it will be an incredible worthwhile use of my abilities and time.
I believe that we, as those who influence, have been given a sacred responsibility to invest in children’s lives everywhere. Children are the future.
CHILDREN ARE TEACHABLE
Young children are impressionable and teachable. It is vital to instill these character qualities in a child’s life while they are young. My desire to communicate character qualities grew stronger after having children of my own.
A properly nurtured child who has been protected from the evils of this world is filled with innocence, wonder, and gratitude. They are like a blank slate waiting to be filled. Children are learning by what they see, hear and experience through their sphere of influence.
HOW I GOT STARTED
when my children were growing up I purchased a series of books with stories that taught character qualities such as integrity, honesty, gratitude, responsibility, and More. I have searched for this category of children’s books for years with no success. A vision was birthed when it dawned on me that I could write a children’s series that teaches morals.
The story’s name popped into my head as I was thinking of the best way to teach a child important truths about morality. It appealed to me to write a story that would capture a little girl’s thoughts and impressions of her World. I named the children’s series Emily’s Little Life.
As the story of Emily’s Little Life unfolds character qualities and lessons, learned in Emily’s world, will be sprinkled throughout. The child reader will learn from story characters who possess character and morals. The characters in the story will be learning lessons about integrity, responsibility, honesty and the many attributes of goodness.
My goal is to convey these character qualities through the thoughts, feelings and inner workings of living life and learning lessons in Emily’s Little World.
KIDS SAY THE DARNEDEST THINGS
Kids say the darnedest things. Over the years, I have collected the unique sayings and words I have heard from the kids in my life. Most of the sayings have come from my grandchildren but I also have used the words of other children.
I saved these words because I wanted to save the memories. I now realize these words, thoughts, and winsome conversations are treasures to be used in my writings from a child’s perspective.
I have kid tested the first three chapters of Emily’s Little Life with my grandchildren who laughed, “awed” and smiled as they listened to me read. They recognized phrases, sayings, and situations which were clearly something they said or did. After reading the story to them, they asked when the next chapter would be finished. It was just what I had hoped I would hear; like music to Nana’s ears.
Your input is welcomed with open arms. I would love to hear how your child responds to one of my kids stories designed to build character.