PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- Matheus Pereira likes to climb trees when he comes to the park, but don't let his wild monkey call as he jumps from the branches fool you--he knows what's safe and what isn't."I don't try climb up the really tall ones," Matheus said.Now that it's summer, Matheus, 8, is out of school and playing outside more often, and that includes his four-year old brother Nicolas. Both their parents work in Connecticut, so their grandfather has been keeping an eye on them and taking them to the park, but Matheus also does his part."My parents tell me to watch out for him (Nicolas) because he can get hurt anywhere," Matheus said.Matheus has already kept his little brother out of trouble on several occasions. He said they recently came across a big stray dog in the neighborhood and he kept Nicolas from going near it. Another time Nicolas was standing on a chair reaching for a toy and Matheus took him down.As for himself, Matheus also plays it safe. Along with tree-climbing, he likes to skateboard. His parents don't let him go beyond their street and he always wears a helmet and pads. He likes to play soccer too, but only at the park and never in the street.Matheus will go onto fourth grade at King Street School in the fall, and he's proven to his parents that he can be responsible. Recently, they said he could start taking the family dog for a walk in the daytime.But get him in the park and he'll be up in the trees."I'm good at climbing trees," he said. "I'm part monkey."
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