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My name is Allen Arseneau.  

This blog captures my adventures of becoming a Big Brother to a wonderful 7-yr old boy named Hunter.  My  own adventure began almost 28 years ago, when I became a Little Brother myself.  

Outing # 6: Hunter meets my daughter

Boston BIG - A blog about being a Big Brother

This is a blog about my experiences become a Big Brother to a wonderful 7-yr old boy named Hunter.

My name is Allen, and I am a Boston BIG.  I live in the Boston area, and am a BIG Brother (Big Brother Big Sister of Massachusetts Bay Organization) to a 7-year old boy named Hunter.  Hunter lives with his  grandma and 4 siblings, and is in kind of a tough situation.  So, I am a positive adult role-model in his life.  I take him out about 3 times per month.  We have a blast.

People are often surprised by how much fun Hunter and I have on our many outings, so I decided to write this blog to capture some of our adventures, and to keep somewhat of a diary for Hunter.  

I personally know how beneficial having a BIG is.  I actually got my own BIG about 28 years ago, when my mother realized that her sons needed help.  My BIG, Paul, became my mentor and guiding light as I grew from a Boston troubled teen into a Stanford alum and business owner.  I talk to Paul almost every week nowadays.  Eventhough I have a wonderful 8 year-old daughter of my own, and run a start-up, I find a few hours each week to take Hunter out.  In fact, it is just as much a break for me as it is for him.

I hope you enjoy reading about some of our adventures.

Outing # 6: Hunter meets my daughter

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For those of us with our own children, there comes a time when you want to introduce your Little to your kids.  For me, this occurred on our 6th outing. 

I have made it a point to explain to my daughter that Hunter is just like daddy was when I was a little kid.  So, it is really nice to take him out, the same way that my Big took me out.  And of course, I have assured her that she is still my daughter, and that I love her very much.  Luckily, she feels very loved, and has enough confidence that she is very understanding of my spending time with Hunter.

We first took our new puppy to a puppy playdate at the local Petco.  Then, we went back to our place, and made Tollhouse Cookies (used coconut oil instead of butter).  Hunter and my daughter hit it off.  After making cookies, they played for almost an hour – running around outside in the snow, and playing ninja swords in her room (with me as the rogue pirate, fighting them both off at the same time).  It was fun.

Hunter with our new puppy

Hunter with our new puppy

When dropping Hunter off that night (just him and me), with his tupperware full of cookies for his siblings, Hunter told me how much he liked my daughter.  This made me smile.  And then, when I got home, my daughter told me how much she liked Hunter.  I couldn’t be happier. 

Allen Arseneau is a Big Brother in Boston.He first came to know of Big Brother Big Sisters (BBBS) 27 years ago, when he became a Little Brother himself.This blog chronicles Allen Arseneau's journey of becoming the best Big he can.
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