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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!

Go eye to eye with your child.

When talking to your child about something important, get down to his or her level.  You can kneel down or sit down next to them so you are equal to your child’s size.   By taking the initiative to get down to your child’s level, you demonstrate that you really care.  Think for a moment of how powerful you must be in his or her eyes.  If you stand and direct your child to do something, he or she will feel very small and insignificant.  You need to find ways to become like a child to effectively communicate to a child.

Surprise at Adventureland

Every Sunday my family gets ready and goes to Promise Church together.  Sometimes I don’t want to go but Mom and Dad say this is a priority.  I actually like going because I attend Adventureland with a lot of my friends.  We sing, have a lesson based on a Bible story, talk about what we can learn from the story, have a snack and go out to play.  My sister, Becky, goes to her own class and Mom, Dad and my brother, Dwayne, go with their friends.


Last Sunday I asked Andy to come along so he could get an idea of what I do every Sunday. This time his mom said yes without Parker or Uncle Andrew coming along.  I guess she felt attending church would be a safe place.  Andy promised to stay in my shirt pocket.  He could peek out and still not be noticed.

My friends and I were having a chat and a snack. Suddenly my friend, Cindy, came up behind me and jerked my chair out from under me.  She was just trying to be funny, but I ended up on the floor.  All the kids at my table had a good laugh.  I laughed too but this was not really funny.

I looked down to my pocket to see if Andy was OK.  He was gone! He never leaves my pocket when he is in new places.  I had to find Andy without the other kids knowing I was looking for an ant….

Finish this story by answering the following questions:

  • Where do you think Andy was just before Joey ended up on the floor?
  • If you were Joey, what would you do to find Andy?
  • Where did Joey find Andy?
  • What lesson did Joey and Andy learn from this experience at Adventureland?