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Do you see your child as a promise and a possibility?

Your child is full of exceptional potential.  Your child was created for a purpose.  It is your responsibility to identify the likely strengths of your child and then take the steps that help him/her become all that God intended.   To reach one’s potential is a journey that involves you as a parent, your child’s teachers, grandparents, and mentors. Your child has an abundance of potential for greatness, but you need to ensure it all comes out!  Greatness does not come in a magic pill.  Greatness is the result of hard work.  Character development is your responsibility. What your child sees and reads, the relationships he develops, and the habits he/she acquires is the foundation to becoming what she was intended to be.

I’m on restriction!

I am on restriction for some dumb thing I did this last weekend. I am usually a good kid but what I did to by sister, Becky, was not a good thing.  I really don’t want to talk about what I did. Restriction means I cannot leave my property today—including going to swimming lessons.  Bummer.   I decided to see what Andy was up to.  He wasn’t at home and I found him at his swimming hole.  I encouraged him to swim while I watched—even though his Dad told him to never swim alone.  What happened next was a disaster!  What a problem I created for Andy.  You need to get the Swimming Hole Disaster book to see what happened to Andy because I forgot to do what I said I would do.  This has not been a good day!

Encourage imagination! 

Encourage your children to use their imagination. Allow their little minds to dream big dreams. When you hear about an imaginary friend engage your child by asking questions about this new friend.  This is all a part of growing up.  Find ways to teach life lessons by relating to these friends that you cannot see.  Don’t discourage your child.  Knowing you are interested in her thoughts gives her confidence that you care.  The Andy Ant stories are based on a child’s relationship with his best friend—in this case a little ant that lives under the front steps of his house.  Where does your child’s imaginary friend live?  How much do you know about this special friend?

 

The Four-wheel Drive Adventure

About two hours from my house there are some really big mountains.  Every summer Dad and his friends like to spend a day in the mountains driving the old four-wheel jeep roads.  Mom has said for years I was too young to go.  But this year Dad said it was time for me to experience some real mountain adventures.  Mom was not happy about this but I was really excited!

I told Andy about this trip.  He immediately wanted to go and asked his dad if he could go too—even before I asked him.  Well, his dad said yes—if he could go along.  This is the first-time Andy’s dad decided to take off a day of work and go with us on an adventure.

Last Saturday Dwayne, Dad and I took off early for the mountains in Dad’s friend’s jeep—with Andy and his dad riding on the brim of my hat so that they could see everything really well.  After two hours, we began climbing up the really steep mountains.  The road was more like a trail than a real road.  We seemed to climbing almost straight up!  I had to hold on for dear life—and hoped that Andy and his dad were holding on to my hat brim as well.  It was hard to talk to then since they were on top of me.  I had never been in such a dangerous place.  There were huge boulders right in the road and we slowly had to climb over each one.  We also had to go through a rushing stream and the water about covered our big tires.  I was sure glad my Dad knew what he was doing.

When we got to the top of the mountain we found a sunny place near a little lake to have lunch.  I took off my hat and put it on a big rock.  I made sure that Andy and his Dad had some choice crumbs for their lunch.  Dad said Dwayne and I could even go for a swim in the lake.  What a great idea.  We stripped down and I dove in.  The water was freezing cold!  Dad laughed until he was crying.  Needless to say, we did not swim long!

We eventually packed up all of our stuff to leave and begin heading back down the mountain.  After an hour of difficult down-hill traveling I suddenly realized I had left my hat on that big rock by the lake.  I told Dad that I forgot my hat and really needed it.  Dad said we could not go back for the hat now because we had to get home before dark ….

You can finish this adventure by answering these questions:

  • What did Andy and his dad do during the lunch stop near the lake?
  • Where are Andy and his dad now?
  • How is Joey going to get his hat back?
  • How will Andy and his dad get home?
  • What lessons do you think Andy, his dad and Joey learned on this adventure?

 

 

 

Swimming Lessons

I mentioned earlier that I am not the best swimmer.  Last week Dad arranged for Sam, one of the summer lifeguards at the pool, to give me some lessons so I could do better.  Dad said if I got really good I could try out for the swim team.  Now I get to go swimming three times a week for the next four weeks.  Sam is really a good teacher and I am doing really well for my size and age.  I may be the best swimmer in town by the end of the summer!