Like many other women who have spent their entire adult lives as devout northeastern urbanites, I do not have children.
However, this does not mean that I’m completely out of tune with the under 10 set. My interaction on a nearly daily basis involves starring contests with cheeky babies on subways, making empathetic eye contact with the humiliated older sibling of a child throwing a fit in a restaurant, and experiencing outfit-envy of 3-foot tall hipsters on Newbury St.
When it comes to traits, most parents hope their children will have intelligence, athletic ability, an ear for music, a dry sense of humor and a disdain for all things derivative. (Those last two might just be me.) And when it comes to their future career, most parents simply want their children to do what makes them happy.
Although some may show early aptitude for the arts, sciences or calculating dividends, others have a penchant for a spunky jeu de mots, a well-placed gif and a nicely photographed baked good.
If your child is exhibiting any of the following traits, you are undoubtedly raising a HL Blogger:
- She shows a sincere appreciation for subtle puns like “I was going to have Cheerios again, but I think I’ll switch it up just for Kix.”
- When taking a multiple choice quiz, she responds with both the answer to the question, as well as a comment.
- When told to go to bed he responds “5 more minutes! The Australians have just posted.”
- When everyone else is swapping lunches in the cafeteria, she is busy photographing hers.
- When told to go play outside, he first inquires about the WOD.
- She gets more excited about a well placed GIF than a well meaning gift.
- When asked why he hasn’t turned in a homework assignment in over a week he replies “I have Writer’s Block, and I’d rather turn in nothing than something I’m not proud of.”
- When she refers to her friends you can’t be sure if she means her classmates, or other bloggers she has never technically met in real life.
- Her idea of a childhood prank involves hiding kale in smoothies so her friends don’t know they’re eating healthy.
- When asked what she wants to read before bed, she replies “Bloglovin.”
If you recognize any of these traits in your dependent, there is a good chance you have a future healthy living blogger in your household.
Indulge their recipe fantasies, encourage their word play and above all teach them how to monetize a blog sooner rather than later.
If you blog, have you always enjoyed writing?
What was your favorite subject growing up? Does it have anything to do with what you’re doing now?
If you have kids, do they like to write? Do they read blogs??