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Writing for children

From the August 1992 issue of The Christian Science Journal

One contributor said recently, "I've wished the Sentinel had more children's articles, and then it occurred to me that I should contribute one and not complain. ... I hope you can use the enclosed." Another grateful author wrote, "As a single parent I have really come to rely on these wonderful periodicals coming into our home."

And from a Sunday School teacher: "I find so many lovely ideas in these [children's] articles which I can utilize when teaching the little ones (2-4 years), that I felt I should like to make a contribution, and it is with this wish that I offer the enclosed."

There's always a need for children's articles that express simplicity, honesty, and spiritual intuition. Youngsters do want to know about real people— children like themselves who have had to cope with ordinary questions and hard problems. Even children in elementary school have to make crucial decisions on their own today— like learning to say "NO" to drugs, resisting pressures to tell lies, choosing what to do with their free time. So young readers want to know if prayer can help, if God really is close, and if His power is at work in the often scary times they live in.

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