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WHAT MAKES A SUCCESSFUL BIG

Updated: Aug 22, 2022

Successful Bigs…

  • Put a child’s safety and well-being first.

  • Are consistent and dependable.

  • Emphasize friendship instead of changing the child’s behavior.

  • Initiate phone contact and activity planning with their Little.

  • Decide activities together with their Little.

  • Are not authoritarian.

  • Have realistic expectations.

  • Are patient.

  • Focus on having fun.

  • Set boundaries and limits with Littles and parents/guardians.

  • Know that the positive impact on the child starts to show after the relationship is already built.

  • Contact their Match Support Specialist monthly.

Bigs ARE NOT…

  • Parent substitutes.

  • Financial support.

  • “Taxi” services.

  • Babysitters.

  • Peers.

  • Therapists.

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