Tue, 20 Oct 1992 11:16:06 EDT
*Soapbox mode on*
I was going to refrain from commenting on this topic, but then
I saw JTUCKER's comment "there are worse habits to have than
smoking." and I couldn't keep quiet.
I am so sick of people justifying behavior by pointing out worse
things that they didn't do. Simply put, it is irrelevant.
Adult leaders in any youth group, like it or not, are role models
for behavior. I seriously doubt that there are many smokers (unless
are in the employ of the tobacco companies) who intend to promote
the use of tobacco among youth. Yet, by modeling the behavior of
smoking, that is exactly what is happening. If the youth have any
respect for you as a leader, they will be watching to see how you
handle being an adult and they will learn lessons from those
observations. I'm sorry to say, if you haven't already figured
this out, but working with youth requires of you that you display
in your behavior, the values that you want to teach. Do we really
want to teach the value - Do what you want as long as there is
something worse you could have done ? I hope not !
*Soapbox mode off* -Paul Barfoot
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City