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Note from Dad- I’m loving this new punishment system my wife and I are trying out. Making Abishai write essays is both educational and punitive. Here’s another one he wrote. This time, he went swimming with some friends without asking and also riding his bike to the pool in the first place without his helmet. I made him go through two drafts for this, but if you see any grammatical errors and such, he’s obviously missing some of my corrections.

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Hi, my name is Abishai. Today I’m going tell you about child safety and the reasons it’s important. Child safety in my opinion is what saves lives.

You know what else saves lives? Helmets. Every year all over the world over 300,000 kids take a visit to the emergency room because they weren’t wearing a helmet while biking. Just like Bill Clinton said, “There is nothing more precious to a parent than a child, and nothing more important to our future than the safety of our children.” if you think about it helmets could save the future.

The reason I’m writing this is because I did not do what my parents said and went biking without a helmet. I Know what you’re all thinking, “Oh but I thought he was perfect and all.” Well guess what? I’m not. In fact, nobody is. Tell me that you have never ridden your bike at least once just because you thought it would be fun at the time but then realized “Oh wait, did I forget something? Oh yeah, my helmet, that thing that helps me from getting, you know, concussions, permanent brain damage, contusions, ABD, and over five different types of trauma and syndromes.”

I know that everybody likes lists, so here are five reasons why you should wear helmets…

  1. It protects your head.
  2. When it is raining it makes it easier to see.
  3. In some states it is actually illegal to bike without a helmet.
  4. You set an example for other kids nearby to wear their helmets.
  5. You can avoid big medical bills.

 

So now, off the topic of helmets and onto a different child safety topic, swimming. It is a topic that most parents would like to avoid so that they don’t have even think about the possibility of their kid drowning? It is a possibility, and you should be prepared to be able to help your child if he or she starts to drown. The best way to be ready is that you should know CPR for both infants and older children because, believe it or not, there is a difference between the ways you do it. Over three thousand kids die every year because of drowning. Another way you can be prepared is to be sure that your child does indeed know how to swim because that could save your child’s life. Also make sure that you know how to swim because you being able to swim could also save your child’s life, because if you know how to swim then you could save him or her from drowning. Not only can CPR save your child, but if you are at a public pool where there is no lifeguard on duty and if some other parent there needs your help then you are now equipped to help them since you know CPR. At that point you’re the neighborhood superhero and the parents of the child you saved will probably bake you a cake or pie which would also be pretty awesome. So not only could knowing CPR save your child and other people’s child, but you could become famous.

Now onto household rules. Here are some house rules in my family…

  • no running in the house
  • no food or drinks in the living room
  • no wrestling without permission
  • no going outside until school is done
  • school ends at three pm and no earlier
  • snacks are at ten and three not any time you want
  • no horse play around sharp corners

Those are some of our house rules. Now I’m sure you have some house rules yourself. I would love to hear about them. One time we were having a rubber band fight in our house, and it was really fun until CRASH! My brother’s head went right into the corner of the wall. They had to take him to the hospital, and he got three staples in his head. Then another time I was running in the house, and I ran into something and got a black eye it was really painful.

Here is another subject that is not a good conversation starter. What if one day little Timmy went out to play and you told him come back in an hour and three hours later he is nowhere to be seen? In my family we call it check-ins, because that is something that no parent wants to ever even dream about.

My last subject is bullying, which is something that happens in most schools all the way from elementary to college. Bullying is 40% of the reason for youth suicides in America. Over 4000 kids commit suicide each year because of bullying.

Well that’s that. I covered four different types of child safety problems and presented a solution for you, so go forth and live long and prosper.

PS- If you need help learning CPR for pool season contact my dad at checkforapulse.com.

 

Hi my name is Abishai.

Today I will be talking about my career plans.

My previous career plan was to be the white Michael Jordan. That was always my dream. Now, my career plan is to be a professional UFC fighter.

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One of the reasons for that decision is when we first moved to this neighborhood there was a kid named ____ (name withheld for liability reasons). We had been friends for around two weeks when for no apparent reason he started messing with my younger brother Benaiah. I told him not to mess with my brother. So let’s just say by the time that fiasco was over the kid whose name I won’t say had a bloody nose and a black eye. After that his 15-year-old brother didn’t like that I took whatshisname down, so he tried to beat me up. I literally flipped him into the grass.

So I am going to start taking tae kwon do, and then I will start taking judo, and when I am old enough I will try to get into the UFC lightweight category.

That is my new career plan. PEACE OUT!!!!

The book Rebound! was written by David Borges. I wanted to read this book because I wanted to know more about basketball. My life goal is to become the white Michael Jordan. I love the game of basketball, and I think Michael Jordan was the greatest player ever. I have to practice a lot, but I also want to learn about what made the greats so great. I have watched Jordan’s old games, and I want to also learn about great coaches. I enjoy reading about how they brought their teams up and gave them honor.

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Jim Calhoun was a national celebrity coach who coached the University of Connecticut Huskies. He coached a 40 year career starting in 1972 and going through 2005. Over that time he won 873 games. In 2005 though he said goodbye to basketball, and retired from the game. He handed over the Huskies to Kevin Ollie, the new coach.  Coach Calhoun was considered “one of the most colorful and controversial coaches in college basketball history”. Could Kevin Ollie take his place? Calhoun thought so! Ollie had been “lobbying for Ollie to be his ‘coach-in-waiting’ for a while”. Ollie was so happy when he was hired as the 18th head coach for Uconn. Ollie said, “’This is my dream job’ he told the crowd. ‘I was made for this job’ ”

I thought this was a good book. Calhoun sounds like a pretty cool guy. I didn’t read much past the first chapter because I couldn’t get interested in the information. Rebound!, was a little out of my age level. This would be better for a high school basketball player looking for a good college. And that is what I think about this book.

My life goal is to be “the white Michael Jordan”. To do that I try to get the best information on what I need to do to get ready. I try my best to make connections with experienced players. I interviewed a man my dad knows named Willis Johnson, who used to play pro basketball in the European league.

I first asked him what it was like playing in Europe. He said that it was very cool. The people that are in charge of the European league send scouts to places in America to basketball games. They saw Willis playing when he was playing in college and asked him if he wanted to play in Luxembourg. Of course he said yes. When he signed up to play for them they also paid for an apartment and a car. I thought that was very cool.

The second question was how many years did he play? He played for 3 years in Luxembourg and 5 years in the Dominican Republic. I also asked him if he had broken any records. He said he almost met the record of how many points you could make in a game. It was 55. He made 50 once and averaged 32 points per game.

Then I asked him if he made any good friends. He said the scouts would pick several Americans for their league. Since they were the only Americans they would become really good friends.

I then asked if he had played anywhere else. He played in college and also for the Fort Riley base team in the Army.

I asked him if he ever had any other jobs in basket ball. When he took a break during college he coached a high school basketball team and won the state championship. He also coaches in the Upward basketball league for kids.

Just for the fun of it asked him how tall he was. He is 6’8”.

For my final question I asked if he had any advice for me. Here is what he said…

  • Play against older people so you work harder so when you play to people your age. Then you can destroy them.
  • You don’t need to be one dimensional. Be good at everything, not just shooting or passing.
  • He let me know that I need eat right.
  • He said stretching and building muscle is also important for gathering enough strength and endurance to play the game to the best of my ability.

I want to thank to coach Willis Johnson for taking the time to talk with me.

That’s all folks!!!!!!!

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