It has been shown that people who work best with children are those who remember what it was like to be a child. Think back to age 6
Perhaps you were a child like Michael. He is now halfway through kindergarten and knows everything. School can do that to a kid! He gets along well with his teacher and classmates, and usually plays with kids his own age. Sometimes he and his older sister argue and fight the way siblings are known to do, but also care about each other the way sibs do. His favorite time of the day is when he snuggles up with his mom while she reads a story to him. Right now, books are better than toys.
Even though Michael attends all-day kindergarten, he still has a lot of time and energy left for other activities. Mom doesn't always have enough time to give her son special one-to-one attention. She works and is going to college. Plus, she's not that great at playing hockey, something Michael is crazy about. The twice a month visits from his dad are shared with his sister, the time is rushed and never enough.
Michael really needs another caring adult in his life, someone to see each week for a couple of hours who will listen to him and help him grow and learn. He has been waiting for a Kinship Partner for about 6 months, which seems like forever. Helping kids the old-fashioned way with adult guidance and attention can strengthen their ability to succeed in life.
Please consider being a mentor for Michael. Call 829-4606 for more information, or 568-4015 in Pequot Lakes, and 546-7308 in Crosby.
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