What to do with the youngest child?


Mike building a bat house at a 4H meeting

It must be hard to be the youngest. (I would know as the youngest of 9!)

And even harder to be the youngest when your older brother and sister are hyper-overachievers.  Straight As (with ease). Play on every sports team (usually as starters).  Good behavior at school.

And then there is my sweet Mike.

A good student with As and Bs. But it doesn’t come easily.  It takes hard work for those grades.

He dislikes sports. And it takes an effort to be well-behaved with all that energy.

So, what to do with him? How do I channel this energy?  4H and farming.
Mike with his calf, Buck


 Mike with last years piglets


He thrives on the farm.  unfortunately, we don’t have a farm, but the farmer up the road has  a soft spot for Mike and his nonstop energy.  He invites him to ride along with planting and harvest.  Tolerates him for hours at a time.tractor

Mike riding along on the farm


Mike has shown a flair for common sense and anything mechanical.  Hopefully, this will help him stay focused for years to come!


2 responses

  1. Love the picture of him with the piglets! I love that you have your whole family involved with 4-H. It is such a great program that really everyone in the family can find a place where they can thrive!

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