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The Boy Who Mowed the White House Lawn — and Nailed It

An 11-year-old from Virginia had offered to do yard work for the president — 'so far it's pretty much the best day of my life'

Eleven-year-old “yard-services entrepreneur” Frank Giaccio was in the spotlight Friday morning at the White House: The boy mowed the grass there after President Donald Trump invited him to do so.

Here’s what I say: Kudos to this boy and his parents.

Several weeks ago, the Falls Church, Virginia, boy had offered to bring any type of mower the president preferred, as well as extra gas for a lawn mower. He wrote to the president and said he had started his own lawn care business — and wanted to become a better entrepreneur. He knew the president would understand.

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What was Trump’s response? Yup — come mow my lawn!

The boy worked alongside the grounds crew.

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On Friday morning, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted a photo of Giaccio as he went about his business. “Frank is hard at work in the Rose Garden and doing a great job!” she wrote.

To the surprise of many in the press as well as Americans across the country, Sanders said earlier this week at a White House press conference that “Frank from Falls Church, Virginia,” would assist the White House grounds crew in its work taking care of the Rose Garden grass.

In the boy’s offer to Trump, he said it would be his “honor to mow the White House lawn.”

Giaccio had also included a list of his services — including weed-whacking.

As Giaccio told Fox Business Network’s “Mornings with Maria” on Friday, “So far it’s pretty much the best day of my life.”

Offering to help out the leader of the free world takes some moxie. I don’t think I could have done it at age 11 — could you? How about your kids — do they have the courage and spunk to stick their necks out and go for a dream?

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If not, let us be reminded that helping our kids take healthy risks is really good for them. As this boy has shown us, it just might work. And if they fail? That’s a win, too, because it’s good for kids to develop tenacity and perseverance.

Dr. Meg Meeker has practiced pediatrics and adolescent medicine for more than 30 years. She is the author of the new book “Hero: Being the Strong Father Your Children Need” (Regnery Publishing, May 2017), as well as a number of digital parenting resources and online courses, including The 12 Principles of Raising Great Kids.

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Dr. Meg Meeker has practiced pediatrics and adolescent medicine for more than 30 years. She is the author of the book “Hero: Being the Strong Father Your Children Need” (Regnery Publishing), along with a number of digital parenting resources and online courses, including The 12 Principles of Raising Great Kids.

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