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Month: June 2017

Make a connection by being a kid and thinking as a kid.

Find moments every day to have a meaningful connection with your child at his or her level. The more moments, the better! This means leaving adult distractions like the cell phone on the table, ignoring the ring or the text alert, and getting down to their level—doing something with them that they deem to be important. You want to communicate in non-verbal terms that your child is the most important person in the world to you. Distractions like television or cell phones communicate that they are not that important. Five to ten minutes of focused time doing something they feel is important assures your child that you really do care. A few minutes go along way!

Facing the Unexpected!

Sam is my neighborhood friend. He lives at the far end of my block.  Sam is a year ahead of me in school but we really have good times together.  Sam has missed a whole week of school.  This worries me.  I asked Dad if he knew where Sam might be.  He said I should walk over to his house and ask about him. Good friends care for each other.

I normally ride my bike everywhere but my bike has a flat tire.  I asked Andy to go with me so I would have so company as I walked to Sam’s house.  Andy was glad to get out of my yard and jumped on my shoe. I told him I was worried about Sam.  Andy listened and asked a few questions.  As we got to Sam’s house I saw his Mom pull in the driveway.  I asked her where Sam was and if he was OK.  Her answer was shocking.  I actually felt sick!

She told me Sam became very sick last Monday.  He got so bad that Dr. Jones admitted him to the hospital.  This is serious! He has been there six days and no one can figure out what’s wrong with Sam.   Whatever it is, it is really serious.  I asked if my Dad could take me to see him.  The answer was simply, “Not now.  He is too sick to see anyone.”

Finish this story by using the following question:

  • What do you think Andy’s advice is to Joey about Sam?
  • What do you think Joey can do?
  • What would you do if you had a close friend that ended up in the hospital?
  • What do you think Joey and Andy will do when they get back to Joey’s house?







What a Great Concert!

Last Saturday night was the band concert in the band shell.  I think this was the best we ever played. There were over 300 people that heard us play.  My trumpet solo really ended well.  No one knows, but I had Andy in my shirt pocket so he could hear the music and see the big crowd.  Andy told me afterword that he was impressed with the good job we did.  He should know, because his ant band is fantastic.  They win all kinds of awards.

After we played our last song all the people stood up and cheered.  That made all of us kids feel really good about our  performance.        This concert was after the last day at school so that means I don’t have to go back to school for 10 weeks!  Summer is here and I really need a long break.  I overheard one of the teachers tell another teacher that she was ready to be away from us kids for the summer.  The feeling is mutual!

Be positive when giving correction. 

If you need to correct your child, never do so in anger.  Never put them down.  Don’t stomp on their little self-esteem.   Remember, they are learning behavior just like you are!   An excellent way to discipline or make corrections is to sit right next to your child and put your arm around him or her as you are speaking.   Your child needs to feel your love even while you are correcting them.  You want to demonstrate that regardless of the issue at hand, you truly care and love them.  Your hand on your child’s shoulder helps your child listen more carefully.

I Really Messed Up!

Big mess up today.  I forgot my music and left it home today.  I should have put it away after practicing last night.  When I got to band practice I realized the music was not there.  I had to think fast.  I decided to borrow my friend, Kenney’s, music since he could not attend practice due to a doctor’s appointment.  After practice, I forgot to put his music back.  I threw it in my trumpet case and ran out the door.  If you want to know what happened after that you need to get The Band Music Mystery book.  All I can tell you is I created a mess and about lost Andy Ant in the process.  Nothing bad would have happened if I had just taken my own music to school!