I’m watching Dan Hill on The Hour right now. He was just discussing one of his father’s parenting techniques that is absolutely brilliant. Every time Dan asked his father for something, his dad made him write a letter. By encouraging Dan to clearly articulate his justifications for needing a raise in his allowance, or that shiny new bike, Mr. Hill instilled invaluable skills in his son. I’m going to have to remember this one! Not only will my kids gain lessons in communication and persuasion, but I’ll be able to get some down time when they are off writing these letters. Brilliant!