Boys will, as we all do, replay strong emotional scenes over and over in their minds—‘I should have said this’, ‘I could have done that’. Creative writing allows us to mine a personal scene from our life and re-write the dialogue after the fact.  It would be a great gift to introduce your child to this most gratifying way to cope with the after-effects of emotionally upsetting experiences while at the same time honing his or her dialogue writing skills. Who knows, you might have a budding playwright or novelist in front of you.

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