What I learnt about my kids from funny notes they leave all over the house

Young child writing a note

One of the most amusing things about the cleaning spree I’ve been on at my place, is the discovery of myriad notes and letters written (and stashed in unusual places) by my primary school aged children. I offer a selection here, for your amusement.

I have three kids and all of them have been known to pen a good missive from time to time, but one is a much keener writer than the others. Ever since she could shakily form letters she’s been using her growing ability to keep us informed of her thoughts on life, to make lists (so many lists!) and to express everything from love and affection to passive aggression.

Needless to say, I find all of it hilarious. It’s awoken in me a love of kids’ attempts to spell phonetically (or to ‘sound it out’ as we used to say) and a growing awareness that although I think I know what makes my kids tick, sometimes I have absolutely no idea what’s going on in those little minds.

Here are some of my favourites, and what I think they might have been trying to express.

Ideas for what we might do during the holidays

Um, no.

Not-so-subtle hints on where we might travel

This note appeared one morning apropos of absolutely nothing. We have never gone to Japan. We know nobody in Japan.

Variations on a theme

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Have to say, there’s not a lot of plot development in these ones…

Dear Diary

Let it out, honey. Let it out.

Macabre Merry Christmas

Creepy, much?? This one is terribly, creepily reminiscent of Captain Lawrence Oates’ famous last words on his ill-fated Antarctic exploration – “I am just going outside and may be some time…”

What little gems of self-expression have you found around the house? Whether legible or somewhat less so, all these early attempts are an important step in the journey towards writing. Now BIC wants to reward little writers through their Prohandwriter competition – and your child could be one of 10 winners of a scholarship and stationery prize pack worth $2000! Check out all the details and enter at BIC.

(This is a sponsored post for BIC)

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