Re: Parents ban Scouting as discipline
Marc W. Solomon (m_solomon@ALLI.COM)
Fri, 25 Apr 1997 17:39:53 -0500
At 06:50 AM 4/25/97 -0400, you wrote:
>I am a parent and a cub scout leader, and a committee chair--and I have told
>my son he cannot participate in scouts before. When I discipline him, I
>usually do so my grounding him. If I ground him, I am not going to let him
>do something that he likes to do that day. There would be no purpose in
I presume your son is still in Cub Scouts. Boy Scouts, while they do have
fun, also have responsibilities to each other. Telling a young man that
his punishment includes not upholding his responsibilities to others seems
contradictory to me.
>You as a parent would not want someone to walk up to you to say that you
>cannot displine your child (not punish). Why do you plan to do that to
>another parent? Yes, I do know the importance of scouting.
While I would not like someone telling me how to discipline my child, I
might suggest to another parent such discipline is contrary to their goals.
While I realize the parent might be intent on teaching their child a
lesson, what the young man learns is that he can get out of his
responsibilities by getting himself grounded. I have seen a few actually
use this method.
While you say you know the importance of Scouting, I wonder if you see it
more as 'something fun for your son to do' or as 'a wonderful method for
teaching your son values and ethics'? Would 'grounding' your son include
keeping him out of his religious education if that was also fun?
OTOH, I just may be another fanatical Scouter.
Marc Solomon Unit Commissioner
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