What Makes a Successful Big

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.


  • Parent substitutes.
  • Financial support.
  • “Taxi” services.
  • Babysitters.
  • Peers.
  • Therapists.

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