Several weeks ago, I posted a review that my son Camden wrote about a recent trip to Gattiland. He originally wrote it for a homework assignment and I was so impressed with it that I asked if he wanted to be my first-ever guest writer on Video Gaming Dad. He was a little reluctant at first but gave me the green light to post it. It’s turned out to be one of my more popular posts in 2016.

Camden’s fourth-grade teacher sent the review to the Gattiland restaurant that he wrote about. We found out today because Camden came home beaming ear-to-ear with an envelope from that Gattiland’s general manager, Andrew Weber. In it was a thank you letter from Mr. Weber and a coupon for free pizza buffets (and a $10 gaming card) for the family.

Here are some of my favorite snippets from the letter:

“The next time you are here please ask for me by name so I can say hello!”

“I want to say I think you did an excellent job on your opinion piece and you would have a bright future as a writer if you want to become one.”

“I want you to know that I will be hanging your letter up in my restaurant because I was so impressed with it.”

I am very impressed (and thankful) that Mr. Weber took the time out of his busy day to write such an encouraging letter to Camden. It made a huge impression on Camden and definitely boosted his confidence. He’s worked so hard in the classroom this year to improve his reading and writing skills (jumping several grade levels).

Little acts of kindness and encouragement can have a huge impact on our kids.

My hope is that we all do a better job inspiring our children.

Now, if I could just get Camden to write more often on this blog.

Maybe I’d get a few more readers.

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