My daughter is smart. She is almost sixteen months old, but she is already figuring things out. In our sitting room, we (Sarah and I) put the majority of our daughter’s toys. Next to the toys are two rocking chairs where Sarah and I sit and read while Kizzy plays. Today, Sarah sent me a picture of Kizzy sitting in her chair, and she was holding a book in the same way as Mommy and Daddy. Kizzy can’t read, but she is learning some essential actions.
Someone I know recently acknowledged that many of his posts to Facebook are not grammatically correct because he uses talk-to-text; he then went on an admittedly humorous rant about destroying punctuation marks to offend we Grammar Police. But after the laughter wore off, all I was left with was how absolutely horrible of a stance that is as a parent to have.
And here’s why…
Our children learn first by observation. That is great if an individual wants to intentionally break grammar rules (or accidentally from haste-I’m guilty of this one), but our children look to us as an example. A young person looking at the adult he admires writing with atrocious grammar and mechanics does not think, “My role model is such a rebel.” What he thinks is, “My role model has clearly survived life not knowing to capitalize I, or how to use a comma correctly. Why should I learn?” The answer is: because your livelihood could depend on it.
Not every promotion requires good writing skills. But no promotion is determined by how well a person can write poorly. In an employer roundtable held at the school where I teach, a bank manager, hospital HR director, and factory foreman, all listed qualities they expect in all their employees. Good written communication skills was on that list.
Parents who do not take the time to model important life skills for their child, like writing for example, do actually hinder their potential for career success.
So for the sake of Pete, use a stinkin’ apostrophe.