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We are excited to give you the opportunity to WIN 1 of 12 Pencil cases filled with Frixion pens!

With the advancement of technology making fast inroads into family life, taking the time to hand write a greeting card or a lovely letter may seem a little old fashioned.  Many may opt for an email or electronic card, or even nothing at all, yet when it comes to Mother’s Day, a handwritten card or letter tops the list for the majority of mums, reveals a survey.

“We surveyed 1600 mums and 88 per cent said it was nice to think someone had taken the time to put pen to paper, with 68 per cent saying a handwritten card is much more personal than an email or text,” said Ms Barbara Oliver, marketing manager, Pilot Pen Australia.

Psychologist Ms Jocelyn Brewer says that while technology has many time-saving benefits in communicating quickly with others, taking the time out to sit down and handwrite a card or a letter sends a strong message to the recipient as it shows they are worth taking time for.

“Handwritten cards and notes have a stronger emotional value because of the personal effort and attention given to composing the sentiment and writing them.   The inherent ‘personality’ that shines through in a person’s handwriting also adds to its unique value,” she says.

Jocelyn says that occasions such as Mother’s Day offer a great opportunity for children to spend time practising their handwriting and letter writing skills and gaining much-needed confidence.

“Many children are used to pressing ‘delete’ or ‘autocorrect’ on a computer keyboard and so when have the opportunity to write with pen and paper, they lack the confidence to make a mistake.”

Jocelyn advises sitting with your child and practising handwriting skills to help build confidence and that learning to write involves a few key stages – scribbling, tracing, copying and then replication using memory, ie being able to recall what the letter looks like and replicate it from a mental image.

“Getting used to holding a pen or pencil and taking the time to learn in a relaxed and supportive home environment can be extremely beneficial,” she says.

Barbara Oliver said that Pilot Pen launched the Frixion range of erasable ink pens as part of the response to the fear of making mistakes when handwriting.

“Frixion has proved to be very popular amongst adults and children alike because it contains thermo-sensitive ink and a built-in eraser so you can rub out mistakes and start again,” said Ms Oliver.

This Mother’s Day, Pilot Pen is running a handmade Mother’s Day card competition.  All your child needs to do is to hand make a Mother’s Day card using their own handwritten greeting or words.  Your child can win a Frixion prize pack worth $40 each.  For further information, visit www.pilotpen.com.au.  The competition closes on 15 May.

Jocelyn Brewer is a psychologist and educator with fourteen years experience in private practice, teaching, child counselling and educational development.  Visit: www.jocelynbrewer.com.au.  For further information on Frixion, visit: www.pilotpen.com.au

Please note this competition is open from 15th April 2016 until 9th May 2016 and is only available to members of Mouths Of Mums. This competition is a game of skill – answer in 50 words or less. We are unable to accept entries posted via facebook. Facebook LIKE functionality is not a requirement of entry to this competition. The winners of this competition will be published on this page. Winners’ name and address will be provided to the promoter of this competition and prizes will be sent to the address you have in Your Profile. Please ensure your details are up to date so that you receive your prize.

Winners for this competition

  1. R. MurchieQLD
  2. D. HouriganNSW
  3. E. VincentNSW
  4. L. NelsonVIC
  5. V. SmithNSW
  6. S. PhillipsNSW
  7. E. CoyneWA
  8. N. WarnesQLD
  9. A. O'DonnellVIC
  10. L. SoransonQLD
  11. L. Di BiasiVIC
  12. H. WangNSW
  • Yes – it doesn’t cost them anything to make but time, which is the most precious gift of all.

  • I love hand-made cards because you can really appreciate all the effort and time it has gone into it, precious memories that will last a lifetime.

  • I prefer a hand-made always because it’s touching memories that I will cherish for ever, so personal and rewarding to receive them.

  • I love a hand-made card every time, it’s more personal and means so much to me that it was made with me in mind.

  • Because it is filled with love and emotion,my granddaughter loves to hide her cards she makes and I have to find them,she is just a wonderful little girl,who loves to draw.

  • A hand-written card/message is something beautiful. There is a Greek word \’Meraki\’ it means to do something and with soul and love and leaving a piece of yourself in your work. I feel like a hand written card does just that.

  • while it\’s always nice that someone remembers, it takes extra effort for the message to be hand made. Some times it\’s too easy to go to the shops and grab something off the shelf

  • A hand written note is something I put away and keep. It’s more personal and touching to receive something that has had so much thought put into it

  • It’s more personal as well as being identifiable you know who your getting the peice from anyone can type a note.

  • It is so much more personalised and you can always tell its from the right person impersonal typing can be from anyone

  • hand made card – my children make me them with lots of love and care so I keep them to remind me of the love we share.

  • hand made card I love receiving them from my children they are made with love and I keep them all to remind me of the love we share.

  • I would prefer a hand-made card with a hand-written message, there is nothing nicer than someone expressing their creativity in an amazing card (doesn’t compare to store bought) and the thoughtfulness of a hand written message shows the care they have for you.

  • I’d treasure a hand-made card, as more love, time and effort has been afforded with this! It makes the occasion more special, and I greatly appreciate the gesture of receiving a hand-made card from any of my loved ones. All of them mean a lot to me!

  • Handwriting tells you a lot about a person, the art is being lost. I want my kids to embrace its value!

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