As a Big Couple, we get the opportunity to be matched with a Little between the ages of 8 and 14. We have to commit to spending time with our Little at least twice a month for 4-6 hours each month for at least a year.
As Bigs, we help our Little have:
- “Higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships
- Educational success
- Avoidance of risky behaviors”
We thought we were at a stable enough place in our lives to commit to the minimum requirements (and hopefully more). So, we applied and were accepted after an interview. Our training went well, and we were matched with our Little, Ryan.
Our Match Support Specialist, Nick, led our first meeting in late December. We discussed goals for the match and what kinds of activities Ryan would be interested in doing.
Right from the start, we knew that Ryan would be a great fit for us. He’s fun, polite, likes to try new things, likes to craft, likes to play video games, and is cool with just about anything.
This series, titled Being Big for Kids, will consist of posts detailing the awesome adventures (and likely lessons learned) with our Little brother, Ryan. Hopefully, it will also serve as inspiration for you, the reader, to either sign up to be a Big or to sign your 8-14 year-old up to be a Little.
The first few posts will publish on Tuesdays and Thursdays and play “catch-up,” since we’ve met with Ryan a few times already, but we’ll catch up to the present day here soon. The regular posts will be sporadic and dependent on when we spend time with our Little.
Regardless of when they post, expect lots of fun and good stories.
Are you (or have you been) a Big Brother, Big Sister, Big Couple, or Big Friend? Would you consider becoming a Big or signing your child up to be a Little? Were you a Little? What have your experiences been like? Let me know in the comments below!