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Overnight camping!

 

This coming weekend I get to go on an overnight camp-out with other boys and their dads from our church.  We’re going to set up tents by a lake and cook our food on an open fire.  Andy’s begging me to go along, but I’m not sure how the other boys would react if they knew an ant had joined the camping overnight.  I’ve seen some boys squash ants for no reason at all, and I know Andy wouldn’t like that!  Andy said his Uncle Andrew could go camping with him.  I will have to think about this.  Many people don’t like ants.  They don’t realize how much you can learn from the littlest of things.

 

 

It is time for community involvement!

Look for opportunities to do something with your child that results in helping others.  If your child is old enough to be in school you can find meaningful ways to do things together that result in others being touched.

 

Be creative but be intentional so that your child’s experiences are teaching moments. There are many needs to be met and each experience can teach something different.  Help clean up a park, volunteer to work in a soup kitchen, serve a meal to senior citizens, attend a civic meeting, visit an animal shelter, volunteer time to help an elderly person by washing windows, pulling weeds, cleaning out a storage shed, etc.  The goal is to work with your child to meet a need.

 

Mom’s not feeling well….

 

I heard Mom tell Dad this morning at breakfast that she still didn’t feel well.  I think she’s in pain.  I wonder what’s going on. She had a doctor’s appointment last week but I don’t know what she learned.   She’s been sleeping more lately.  When I came home from school the other day, she was sleeping on the couch and never heard Andy and me come in.  Even when it’s not time to be in bed, she’s sleeping.  I asked my brother what was wrong with Mom, and he just said that her doctor was concerned about her.  This gives me a sick feeling in my stomach.  I wonder what’s going on with her.

 

 

Praise your child to others, in front of your child.

The next time you are out with friends and your son or daughter are with you, express how proud you are of something that your child recently accomplished or did.  Brag just a bit so your son or daughter hears you telling someone else.   Your child needs to hear you telling others of his/her character or achievement.  Going public like this affirms just how proud you are of your child.  At least once a week make it a goal to speak praise about your child.  Your child need to know you are proud of him/her.

 

Andy is playing tuba again in the ant marching band.

Andy told me last night that he will be playing in the Grand Ant marching band again this year. He still plays the tuba. Talk about strange!  It looks so heavy on him.  The tuba is bigger than Andy.  He says carrying the tuba in the marching band is good exercise for him.   There are over 20 ants playing together in their band. They do their practice marching on the other side of the fence so they don’t get trampled by the kids playing on the school playground.  I think I am the only kid that knows about the ant band.  Don’t tell anyone!  Have you got my book called The Band Music Mystery?   This book tells you more about Andy’s band and the day I almost lost Andy forever while practicing my trumpet.