CHAMPION COLUMN | Take the time to write mum a card, don't text for Mothers Day

WRITE, DON'T TEXT: Barbara Nichol.

WRITE, DON'T TEXT: Barbara Nichol.

A survey of 1600 Australian mums shows most still love to get a good old-fashioned card or letter rather than a text or instant message on Mother's Day. Maybe Mother's Day is the ideal time to pick up a pen to practise your handwriting and show mum you care. It's all too easy to flick a text or instant message to mum on Mother's Day but a survey by Pilot Pen Australia shows that in spite of the rise of technology, mums prefer a card.

"Of more than 1600 Australian mums, 68 per cent said a handwritten card was better than an email or text because it was more personal," said JohnJohnston, of Pilot Pen. "And 88 per cent said it showed someone had taken the time to pick up a pen. It adds value and meaning in a way that a digital message doesn't."

And 50 per cent of those surveyed said their handwriting had declined from lack of use, with 66 per cent saying they now often make mistakes when handwriting. "Many people worry about making a mistake and then making a mess of the card or having to go and buy a new one."

Handwriting expert BarbaraNichol offers these tips:

Down the Line: Practise forming letter using grid lines so you cover upper, middle and lower zones.

Grip: Hold the pen properly using a tripod hold, so the fingers can flex and rotate.

Free Flow: Use pens with free-flowing ink (a fountain pen, not a ballpoint), that don't encourage heavy pressure.

Stroke Style: Always start and finish on an upstroke.

Train Track: Ensure your down strokes are parallel and never meet. Practise with a slope-card.


Handwriting expert and teacher

Author, Polishing Your Penmanship